Ghost Hawk

Title: Ghost Hawk

Author: Susan Cooper. She is the Newbery Award-winning author of several books for children, including The Dark is Rising series.

Genre: Middle-Grade, Historical Fiction

Readers: Stay-at-home moms Kristi, Shawna and Sarah L., librarian Zoe and professor JoLee.

Summary: On the winter day Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone, he can take only a bow and arrows, his handcrafted tomahawk, and the amazing metal knife his father traded for with the new white settlers. If Little Hawk survives three moons by himself, he will be a man.

John Wakely is only ten when his father dies, but he has already experienced the warmth and friendship of the nearby tribes. Yet his fellow colonists aren’t as accepting of the native people. When he is apprenticed to a barrel-maker, John sees how quickly the relationships between settlers and natives are deteriorating. His friendship with Little Hawk will put both boys in grave danger.

Our Take: We all love the subject matter, it’s a fascinating look at an often overlooked period of American History. You may want to read it before your kids, or save it for middle-schoolers. A great adventure story, but loses some steam in the 2nd half.

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Cartboy and the Time Capsule

Cartboy and the Time Capsule by L. A. CampbellTitleCartboy and the Time Capsule

Author: L. A. Campbell. This is her first novel.

Genre: Middle-Grade

Readers: Stay at home moms Shawna and Colleen B., teacher Kelly, and media professional Denise.

Summary: Hal hates history class—it literally bores him to tears. But his father is a big history buff, and unless Hal gets a good grade this year, he’ll never get his own room. Sixth grade gets off to a horrible start when history teacher Mr. Tupkin gives the class an assignment to write journals that will be buried in a time capsule at the end of the year. Things get even worse when his dad makes him take his neighbor’s old shopping cart to school, earning him the nickname “Cartboy.” What else could possibly go wrong? Read Hal’s journal to find out!

Filled with photos, drawings, and timelines, Hal’s time capsule journal chronicles a year in the life of the hopelessly hapless Cartboy.

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