The Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan

by Rita Ritchie

My “I hate reading” son read it in 2 days

5.0 rating
April 5, 2021

I haven’t read the book, but I just know it’s good, because my reluctant reader son, who has never willingly read a chapter book in his life read it in 2 days!!!!


Good for understanding cultures

5.0 rating
June 28, 2020

Our boys loved the story (as a read aloud ages 7 and 9). A good lesson in how two cultures can see the same events differently.


Me personal favorite!

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May 20, 2020

My daughters and I read this book as a read aloud to accompany our history lessons and it is a must read! I have been telling everyone about this book, it is absolutely captivating! The story and characters are well developed, and just absolutely gripping. This is one of those books you that you feel a part of. It draws you in and you feel you are on the saddle riding over the mountains chasing hawks with the characters. And for me as a parent it made me want to learn more about the Mongols, the Khan, and hawking. My kids also adored this story, the adventure is just perfect.


We all enjoyed this book!

5.0 rating
March 14, 2020

I don’t usually favor adventure stories, but I loved this story! It was suspenseful, but never over the top. My 11 yo son says it is one of his top 5 favorite books and my 10 yo daughter enjoyed it too. My husband, who isn’t into children’s literature, read it and enjoyed it as well! This story lead us to research hawks and the time period of Genghis Khan and we learned so much!

Danielle B

Well Written and Educational

5.0 rating
December 16, 2019

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!

Hope Coulter
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Level 8

“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

208 pages

This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 2 course.

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