Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

5 stars
Ghost Hawk

Reviewed by Karlyn

After Little Hawk barely survives his trial and returns to his village, he finds that a deadly disease swept through the village and only his elderly grandmother is still living there. This disease seems to be spread through the tools of the white men. One of these white men is named John Wakely. John is considered a child in Plymouth, but he is destined for greatness. Although these two seem completely different, an act of violence entwines their paths forever.

This novel thoroughly engaged me in all of the story's characters. There were so many plot twists that I began to worry about the welfare of my favorite characters such as Quick Bird, Little Hawk's spirited sister. She is a very independent woman, and she sometimes wishes she was a boy so that she could become more respected. I also liked Leaping Turtle, Little Hawk's close companion who takes his trial at the same time Little Hawk does. Leaping Turtle is extremely driven. He is also a good friend and village member. Read this wonderful story to find out how Leaping Turtle and Quick Bird's fates become intertwined.

This novel's plot began to get exciting as soon as I started reading it when Little Hawk begins his trial. After this event, I couldn't put the book down. As soon as I thought I had the plot figured out, another twist came into play. This book kept me guessing until the very end.

Overall, this story has developed characters, an exciting plot, and a great story line. I would recommend this book to any teen who enjoys historical fiction or would like to learn a little bit about native Americans and their history. This book has clearly earned five stars.