hawkAuthor: Dance, Jennifer
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 248
List Price: 12.99
Suggested Grades: 7 to 11
FICTION – (Included in the Middle and Secondary Packages – paperback)

“When a First Nations teen rescues a fish-hawk from a tailings pond in Alberta’s oil sands, he has no idea that soon they will both be fighting for their lives.

As a cross-country runner, Adam aims to win gold in the upcoming provincial championship. But when he is diagnosed with leukemia, he finds himself in a different race, one that he can’t afford to lose. He reclaims the name Hawk, given to him by his grandfather, and begins to fight, for his life and for the land of his ancestors and the creatures that inhabit it. With a little help from his grandfather and his friends, he might just succeed.

Hawk is a companion novel to Hawk and Red Wolf. While Hawk is a work of fiction, it is a true portrayal of real-life issues for too many Aboriginal communities in Canada.”

Reviewed by Ruth Latta. CM: Canadian Review of Materials, March, 2016 Highly Recommended “Hawk is Dance’s third novel about indigenous people. Paint, the story of a horse living on the North American Great Plains in the late 1800s, is as compelling as Black Beauty. Red Wolf, about native people and wolves being forced off the land in late 19th century Canada is also excellent and heartrending in its depiction of a residential school. Because Hawk takes place in the here-and-now, in a Canadian setting that has been in the news, it will have a strong impact and possibly stir readers to some type of action. Jennifer Dance is to be congratulated for this courageous, radical novel.”