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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,095 ratings  ·  305 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published August 1st 2013)
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Debbie
One star, because Cooper accurately portrays Squanto's actions, but overall, there are so many red flags, inaccuracies, and misrepresentations of the Wampanoag people in GHOST HAWK, that I am quite stunned, given Cooper's stature in the field.

Given details she provides, it is clear she did some research, but she apparently thought it was ok to use information about various tribes in creating the Wampanoag characters and culture. What she did is equivalent to an illustrator putting a totem pole
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Pam ☼Ask Me About FrankenKnee☼ Tee
There are going to be many, many adults who love this book and yet I'm going to give it only 2-Stars... and here's why.

First, this book is supposed to be for the tween to young adult market, and for this market it has some problems, the first being the pacing. Susan Cooper's writing is poetic and descriptive, which adults like, but that doesn't necessarily translate into a good read for younger folks. It takes, for example, all of the adventure and sense of danger out of being attacked by a wolf
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Betsy
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Nina
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Richie Partington
GHOST HAWK by Susan Cooper, Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, August 2013, 336p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-8141-1

"But when one little cross
Leads to shots, grit your teeth"
-- The Fixx, "One Thing Leads to Another"

"PHOENIX -- A federal judge ruled Friday that the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking a first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people...
"[The plaintiffs] also accused
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Joan
Sep 09, 2013 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Almost anyone who is not closed minded
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Library Lady
Ugh, I really hate giving one of Susan Cooper's books a bad review but I had to. This is not a children's book. It is an adult book masquerading as a children's book. The story is slow-moving, the characters far too old for the target age group and the story line spans a time period of approximately 50 years and even dips into the modern era! That is much too large of a time span for a historical children's book and makes the book feel both rushed and plodding at the same time. It would have bee ...more
Joey Gyarmathy
Its the early 1600's in Southeast Massachusetts and the 11 year old Pokonoket Indian, Little Hawk is preparing for his 3 month long spirit-quest in which he can become a man and find his Manitou, or Animal spirit-guide. Coming back from this trip alive means manhood for Little Hawk, and that he will no longer be regarded as a child. Upon arrival back from his quest, Little Hawk finds his village devastated from European disease with the only known survivors his Grandmother, Suncatcher, and his f ...more
Mrs. Strudthoff
Little Hawk survives his tribe's tradition of sending their young men into the woods during the winter. When he returns, he finds that his village has been wiped out by a white man's disease. His aged grandmother managed to survive, and both she and Little Hawk go to live with a neighboring tribe. While there, Little Hawk becomes a messenger, and it is on one of his messaging trips that he tries to help John Wakely but is killed by a white man who thinks Little Hawk was trying to harm John Wakel ...more
Ryan
The best subtitle for this book would be "Plymouth Plantation....the rest of the story". Second best would be "Pokanokets, Baptists, and the heretics who loved them." At the heart of the story are two young men: Little Hawk and John Wakely. They witness the painful, inevitable displacement of native Americans by white settlers in 1600s America. The book gets inside their thoughts and dreams in a very moving way.

Ghost Hawk is very much in the spirit of Dances With Wolves in that all of the good g
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Robert
Urghh! What a mess of what could have been a good book. It's impossible to explain in detail without spoilers, so suffice to say that it's a structural mess that detracts from a tale of Puritan hypocrisy in American Colonial days that could have had a pleasing symmetry reminiscent of Alan Garner.
Ms. Yingling
Little Hawk is sent by his father out into the woods to survive with the few possessions he carries with him, for three months in the winter. Such a journey will make him a man, but is fraught with peril. There are heavy snows, and he must fast until he sees his Manitou, or spirit guardian. Little Hawk manages to survive, even fending off a wolf who has eaten much of his food stores, but when he gets back to his village, everyone but his grandmother has died of a disease brought by the English. ...more
Laura
Gripping. I teared up many times. Cooper has been a master of her craft as long as I can remember and has not lost a step. This story, about the tangled, competing roots of America will haunt me for a long time.

That said, it made me itchy, the way many of the books we read in my reading group make me itchy. It reminds me of the books we’ve read where some White Lady Point of View Character introduces us, ala Orson Wells in the Americanized version of the first Godzilla, to The Other. And it alw
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Thomas Shepherd
Ever since I read Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising, and the sequence of which it is part I have loved Susan Cooper's books and she she has remained one of my favoured authors. Probably my next favourite of her books was the less well-known (I think) Seaward, but these were all books of my childhood and she releases new books only occasionally. I was therefore really looking forward with great anticipation, reading this, her latest. So much so that I went down to my local bookshop on the day of ...more
Martha Meyer

While I agree in some ways with Booklists' starred review " In sum, this is simply an unforgettable reading experience," I have deep reservations about the book, too. The idea that a native american would be kept from entering the afterlife for the sole purpose of being able to enter the mind of a follower of Roger Williams seems deeply anglo-centric. The author clearly can write beautifully, but she doesn't bother to answer the questions she creates about her world. We are left wondering the sa
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Kyle Cochran
This book was about a young Native American boy who meets a English boy in times were the to were enemies. Little Hawk a curious boy, now a man after he survived a winter alone for 3 months comes back to his village that was completely empty. Little Hawk finds only his grandmother and takes her to a new village not far from their own. Soon Little Hawk meets a young European boy named John. Not long after Little Hawk becomes a messenger and fines John in the woods, but a tree had collapsed on Joh ...more
Karina
I absolutely loved the first half of this book, in which we meet Little Hawk, an eleven year old boy about to prove himself a man. He must live for three harsh winter months completely alone, armed with only his bow and arrows, tomahawk and knife to hunt, find shelter and to protect himself against other, fiercer predators... It is an immediately absorbing and engaging narrative - Little Hawk searching for his manitou, striving to survive in the wilderness, enduring the deep snows and bitter sto ...more
Wendy
Looking at this purely as entertainment, I was more engaged in the first half than I expected to be at all, and I enjoyed Little Hawk's character and both the Puritan and the Pokanoket settings. The writing is good, of course. But I thought everything began to fall apart about halfway through John's apprenticeship, when the book doesn't have any more children or adolescents in it. The plot got less intriguing, the background information more prosaic, and I lost sight of exactly where the book wa ...more
Jonathan Guzman
Ghost Hawk is a great detailed Ghost Hawk took place near present-day Boston. It is on the east coast of present-day American. The point of view is first person for the first part then it becomes third person omniscient later in the story. Little Hawk is an eleven year old boy that spends three long months in the woods to become a man to the standards of his village. John is an English kid that is on a journey to become a cooper. Ghost Hawk is about how a kid becomes a man by spending three mont ...more
Christian Touhey
"Ghost Hawk" by Susan Cooper is a story about a friendship between two very different groups of people that lasts forever. Little Hawk, a boy who lives in a native tribe, meets a boy named John who is from New England. Together, they learn to become great friends, and make lasting memories. The struggle between them is that their separate groups are enemies, and have trouble getting along. All through this, John and Little Hawk still maintain an outstanding friendship.
I was not fully impressed
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Susa
Leave it to Susan Cooper’s brilliance to come up with a ghost point of view to convey the tangled complexity between the settlers and the first Americans. Here is a tumultuous epic that changes the way I think about the history of the land where I live. As I read this historical fiction for 10-14 year olds, I also kept thinking how chillingly similar is our own time, to the early 1600's when Massachusetts Bay Colony Pilgrims misused their strong convictions, to cast out and persecute Quakers and ...more
Preston
I personally think this is a great book it shows the perspective of the Indians and the pioneers. it does an excellent job showing what both sides think of what is happening at the time. the Indians and the pioneers don't like each other but one boy and one Indian become friends.
Parker Shelton
I have recently read a novel called Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper. This book is about an Indian boy that goes by the name of Little Hawk and it follows him through his journey to becoming a man. He sets off on his journey alone, leaving his tribe for them to find out if he will die or come back a man. When he does return, his village is nearly destroyed and abandoned. A plague hit his village and many others. Not many people survived, but the ones who did joined together and started a new tribe. So ...more
Anita Lock
According to the Algonquians, the three-month test each young man takes to prepare for manhood is sacred. The time spent in solitude in a forest in the middle of winter with only the clothing on your person and a few tools (one being a tomahawk) is not just to build survival skills. It is also to provide spiritual maturation: waiting for one’s Manitou (guide and conscience) to appear. This test can be extremely challenging, scary even. Eleven-year-old Little Hawk understood this, but he had no i ...more
Beth Bonini
I approached this book with some misgivings, not convinced that it would hold my interest . . . but I was soon engrossed in the story, and its 320 pages did not seem too many.

The opening chapters describe the initiation of a young boy into manhood, and the struggle for survival in a harshly wintry landscape reminded me of Paulsen's Hatchet -- but written in a lyrical way that seemed well suited to the subject and historical period. I admired the way that Cooper advanced the story from an individ
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Penelope
Dec 31, 2014 Penelope rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Penelope by: Carnegie shortlist
Ghost Hawk takes the reader into the life and mind of Little Hawk as he faces the greatest challenge of his life - surviving alone in the forest for a month as a test of his manhood. Some boys die, but if he wins through he will have become a true man and fit to take his place in the tribe. This is a great start to the book. Susan Cooper is well-known for her world-building, and she draws the reader into Little Hawk's dangerous but ordered life. He is afraid in the forest, he knows he could die, ...more
Helen
One thing that helps make my long commute bearable is a great audio book, and Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper certainly qualifies! I know the author best as the writer of fantasy series The Dark is Rising, but I think this historical fiction title is her best yet.

Ghost Hawk starts with the story of Little Hawk, an 11-year-old Pokanoket Indian boy being sent off to spend three months in the winter wilderness with only a knife, a tomahawk, and a bow and arrows. If he survives and returns to his tribe,
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Juan Roman
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Carol Royce Owen
I've had this on my TBR pile for some time and finally got to it this week. I had in mind a few students I thought would be interested in it - they love adventure stories, but after reading it, I don't think it will work for them now. The first section was perfect. A young Pokanoket boy Little Hawk, is sent off to spend three months alone in the woods to find his Manitou and become a man. Of course there are perils and difficulties, which the author uses to propel the reader forward, but before ...more
Lauren Navarrette
This story had potential to be a beautifully written Coming-of-Age story of Little Hawk completing his three months in the wilderness to coming home a man, finding his place in the clan, finding love, and creating a family of his own. But no. Instead of just engulfing us in the, albeit, romanticized world of the Native Americans, the author had to turn this into a social commentary. Because all people who write about native americans feel a need to say the same thing we've always had pounded int ...more
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Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap
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