Ghost Hawk

Narrated by: Jim Dale
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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From Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, a story of adventure and friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler.

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 10 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.

The intertwining stories of Little Hawk and John Wakely are a fascinating tale of friendship and an eye-opening look at the history of our nation. Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper also includes a timeline and an author's note that discusses the historical context of this important and moving novel.

©2013 Susan Cooper (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Jim dale gives a masterful historical tale life

soulful. honest. beautiful. loved every bit of it and enjoyed dale's reading of it. excellent on every front.

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My sons and I loved it.

And learned so much. Such a haunting story. Beautiful prose. Compelling characters and stories. Will read more by Cooper.

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Great read for the whole FAMILY

We listened to this on a road trip. It held our attention well, and when we stopped, even my teenagers asked to hear more.

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gripping

I didn't know what to expect when I downloaded this particular but I was blown away by all of the feels. Jim Dale is an outstanding narrator incredibly talented and never disappoints. this is a story of a young Indian boy who grows into a man who turns into a spirit... then it is of a young white man who has tried to vouch for his young Indian friend and later turns into a man he wants to fight to protect all Indians. this is a story all American should read. this is a story all humans should know.

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Excellent at so many levels

I can't say enough about this book. Jim Dale may be one of the best readers ever. The story pulls you in. Over time you realize that the historical fiction is incredibly true, sad and the story needs to be told.

I've read so many stories. This is definitely in the top 5%.

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Wonderful book!

This was a wonderful book yet sad in that it shows the cruelty of the white settlers towards the Native Americans. This is the story of so many peoples who are misunderstood and who are mistreated because others want what they have. The story is well written and, as always, Jim Dale did a superb narration.

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Fine Historical Novel

Although classified as YA - Young Adult - this is a thoughtful, sometimes painful story filled to the brim with detailed descriptions of daily life among the local Native Americans and the early settlers. It also describes socioeconomic realities like the apprenticeship program and New-World religious persecution. It peels away some of our most pervasive myths - noble Squanto, for example. Highly recommended for ages 10+.

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Enjoyed so much listened to it twice

The story line was unpredictable. Even though it was fictional it was believable. Great book for whole family to listen to on a road trip.

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My 9 yr old daughter & I loved this book!

Very heartfelt and passionately written. Brought to life the adventures and struggles of the native and early Americans. We highly recommend it!

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very well written

excellent story, told from several different perspectives. reminds you about what happen when we arrived here. as always jim dale is an amazing story teller.

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