My 12-year-old daughter picked this from TG&B library and loved it so much so read it twice within a few months. She convinced me to read it, even though it’s not my type of story, and I learned a lot. It took me a bit longer to get into it, but it’s a great adventure story with lessons about perservering, loyalty, and honesty.
So good. I loved learning about hawks, hawking, and Genghis Khan. Any story that highlights doing what you were made to do/love is such a good lesson in my book! Makes me want to study the Mongol culture more too.
Jalair is a Khoresmian who lives with his grandfather. His grandfather has warned him of the Mongols, who killed his father. When Mongols come, Jalair joins their caravan to go to the capital of the Mongol empire to get the golden hawks his father bred back, but Jalair must find the truth. The Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan is exciting, and the best TGTB book I’ve ever read.
This was our favorite book of the school year so far. It is adventurous, well written, and shows great character growth over the course of the book. We initially read it to go with a bird unit and we’re so delighted it swung us into a whole study of ancient Asian countries.
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!!!!
“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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