This novel really develops. It expands. It takes you in.
I didn’t like the back blurb of this book (which I luckily read after reading it). It suggests it’s about a ‘creature’ which, for me, starts up pictures of all kinds of possibles. The title though is clear enough…
…Sky Hawk is about very impressive birds of prey, ospreys, that were endangered in the 1970s. Luckily the species fares a little better these days.
The novel pursues the idea of endangerment. Callum meets Iona trespassing on his family’s farm. She trades him a ‘secret’ for permission to come back. The secret is that an osprey is nesting on the farm. Callum and Iona form an unlikely friendship protecting the birds as they nest and a baby hatches. If the outside world finds out about the birds, they may be in danger from people that mean them harm.
Even though the book doesn’t look that big, a lot seems to happen. There’s a dramatic twist in the friendship between the two teenagers, and after migrating south for winter, the mother osprey encounters new dangers. Those new dangers open up a new friendship for Callum and his friends and a mission for the village they live in.
A very nice story, grows in depth as it goes along. I could imagine older children and younger teens enjoying this.
Review by Alexandra.