I read this aloud to my 6 students and they really loved it. It’s very well written and engaging, and we learned so much about what life was like in this time period. My sons did more research about hawks and hawking after this because they were so fascinated. We’ve read many books from the library and many more from Jenny’s book list. My kids have loved every single one and my 12 year old told me recently, “I would die without books.” I’ve never heard a 12 year old boy say anything like that and I’m grateful for the love of reading and learning and the character development that is resulting from these great books!
“You know this is forbidden,” Cephas warned.
“I know,” Jalair said, his throat suddenly dry.
Where the design had come from and what it meant, Jalair could not tell. It was a picture that had been in his mind all his life. He called it the Golden Hawk, in honor of the real Golden Hawks he had never seen, though he was determined to recover the strain someday.
Young Jalair yearns to recover the Golden Hawks that were stolen from his father. His grandfather has different plans for his future, and hawks are not a part of it. When Jalair escapes to the land of the Mongols in search of his father’s hawks, he has no idea how much he will learn from the adventures that await him.
“Adventure is combined with a complex plot in this historical novel set during the Mongol Empire. This book is a wonderful literary gem.”–Jenny Phillips
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 2 course.
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