Teen Review–Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

ghost hawkSet in the 1600’s, just as settlers begin to arrive, the Native American tribe is getting ready to have their eleven moon ritual of sending all the boys out into the woods for three months. When they come back, they will be men- if they survive, of course. One of these boys is Little Hawk, who narrates his life during and after the eleven moon ritual. However, all of this changes when Little Hawk’s tomahawk is buried by a young, and different, settler boy named John.

The chapters in the book were short, yet contained good information. The character Little Hawk narrating the book was a good way to keep readers informed on some of the main points of the story, such as respect and differences. The one thing that I disliked about the book was the use of certain religions and using that religion to put down the Native Americans, as I felt that that came off as a bit harsh, even if some of it was true. Yet, despite the religious aspect of the novel, the book itself is historical and a great one to read, as it inspires people to be different, even if society thinks different is wrong.

Some of the memorable parts of the book were whenever John, the young settler boy, was having a debate against some of the sexist or rude people in his town, as I felt that it connected to people and their consciousness. Personally, whenever I read parts in the book where John openly stated his opinion, claiming that calling Native Americans “savages” or not teaching young girls how to write was wrong, I felt as though I could cheer him on. Thus, by using this memorable aspect, I was connected to the book.


Review by Saranya, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library


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