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Sparrow Hawk Red

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  229 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
When eighth-grader Ricky Diaz discovers that the mother he thought was killed in an accident was actually murdered by drug dealers, he determines to get revenge. Readers who require a fast-paced plot with lots of action, tension, and danger will find everything they want in Mikaelsen's latest novel.--Booklist, starred review.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 10th 1999 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 1900)
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Apr 21, 2015 Farisk rated it it was amazing
In this book, Sparrow Hawk Red, by Ben Mikaelsen, the main character is about a boy named Ricky. In this book Ricky is a secret pilot., When these D.E.A. agents came over to his house to ask Ricky's dad if he could steal the plane, Ricky found out his mom got killed by Mexican drug dealers, Ricky's mom wasn’t supposed to die the Mexican drug dealers were trying to kill his dad, by ruining there car and she died, Ricky was informed by agents that Benito used to work with before he retired. Ricky ...more
Sean Ross
Jan 14, 2015 Sean Ross rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be an amazing story of a boy avenging his mother's murder. During the book he goes through great pain and fear for revenge. Risking his life and living on the streets of mariposa all to get revenge on a drug cartel. From his nice home to the streets, the author adds twists and turns as he tries to steal a plane from a cruel and unforgiving enemy. In this expertly written story Ricky Diaz must defy, drug dealers, the U.S government and even his own father to get back at the p ...more
Allie Schneider
Feb 09, 2014 Allie Schneider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to take summer school for my math credit but at the beginning they stuck me in a math class AND an English class and we has started reading this book but then I had to transfer out into another math class so I asked my teacher if I could take it home and finish reading it because I had found it quite interesting, but she said, "Go ahead and keep it. I won't need it after this summer school year." So I thanked her and finished the book, it's quite interesting! I really liked it! ;D
Mar 05, 2012 Kyle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult-lit
This is an interesting story about a 13 year old named Ricky who runs away to Mexico for a chance to avenge his Mother's death. The intense story gives Americans a greater appreciation for those who immigrate (on a small degree) by empathizing with the little girl he encounters and becomes friends with in Mexico. The entire time you are drawn in because the writing is very well done, and is not too redundant or slow. Sparrow Hawk Red is an imaginative adventure that (though unlikely) has a uniqu ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Sharayah rated it really liked it
This was a favorite in middle school, and as I find myself working with middle schoolers, I'm trying to find quality literature for them.
Exciting plot
Some Spanish words
Encourages acceptance of other people/cultures
Reminds readers that what they see on the outside may not be the same as what's on the inside

Not a particularly challenging read

I'd highly recommend this book for use in class or for fun reading. It's especially good for kids who don't enjoy reading because it's fast paced
it was ok
Nov 08, 2012 Joycetho1 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was fantastic, 5 star! It has a great plot. Ben Mikaelsen did a great job writing this book. Sparrow Hawk Red is about a young boy named Ricky that is very good at flying planes. In this story Ricky goes on a mission to steal a plane from Drug Smugglers in Mexico. Ricky runs into many problems in his mission. I would reccomend this book to everyone. It is easy to read, and a great story.
Dianna Caley
Feb 23, 2013 Dianna Caley rated it it was amazing
My friend kris who teaches 6th grade sent this to me. It took me a few chapters to get into it but then I couldnt put it down. The story of a13 year old boy who decides to break into a Mexican drug compound and the ratera girl who helps him is totally exciting and had some parts that were so funny I'm still laughing at them.
Jan 19, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced story about a boy who runs away over the border to Mexico on a mission to steal a special plane right out from under the noses of a drug cartel. Sounds a little farfetched, but it works. Just remember that it's fiction, and go along for the ride! (Or I should say, flight, because there's a great airplane chase)
May 20, 2009 Jade rated it it was ok
This book is very suspenseful. One thing I don't like is that the climax is at the end. But the suspense is why I gave it a four star. Overall, it's a pretty good book. Also, if you like airplanes, this is a great book for you.
Feb 17, 2009 Sylvia rated it liked it
13 year old boy must fly ariplane for police - great book for kids who are interested in airplanes.
Jan 18, 2013 Madison rated it really liked it
I thought it was a very good book, but a little to...simple... for my taste.
Rhonda Burbach
GREAT book for 7th graders!
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