Terry Lynn Johnson just released her newest MG/YA survival story, Falcon Wild. While I was reading, it made me think of some of the other survival stories I read as a kid and some of the moving tales of human and animal relationships.
Here’s some information about the book and if you keep scrolling, you’ll find some other titles that you’ll want to check out if your kid enjoys books about survival.
Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
Age Range: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up | Hardcover: 176 pages | Publisher: Charlesbridge (September 19, 2017)
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About the Book
An action-packed, contemporary novel about surviving in the wilderness.
Thirteen-year-old Karma is desperate to become a certified falconer. At her dad’s bird education center, she helps give demonstrations to guests and can fly the birds. But when her favorite rescued falcon, Stark, hurts Karma, her parents insist that they return the bird to its previous owner–in Canada. On the way to bring Stark back, a car accident in the middle of nowhere leaves Karma’s dad trapped, and it’s up to Karma to find a way to rescue him and her younger brother. When Karma loses her way trying to get help, she crosses paths with Cooper, a troubled teenaged boy. Lost for three days, the two figure out how to survive, and Karma teaches Stark to hunt like an actual bird of prey. Karma may be closer than she thinks to becoming a real falconer and having a real friend.
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My Review of Falcon Wild
I fell in love with Terry Lynn Johnson’s books back when I read Ice Dogs a couple years ago. She writes amazing survival stories for kids ages 10-14. In both books, the main character has a strong bond with her animal(s).
Falcon Wild is about Karma, who works with raptors (birds of prey). On the way to return a falcon to its rightful owner, Karma and her family get into a car accident. She sets out in search of help and gets hopelessly lost in the Montana wilderness.
Along the way, a boy named Cooper shows up and the two of them battle the elements and wildlife to survive and find help.
I LOVE survival stories. If you loved Hatchet or My Side of the Mountain, you’ll like this book. Also, there’s that lovely bond between humans and animals like in Gentle Ben and The Black Stallion.
It’s a short book, and the content stays well within the lower YA category. There’s no cursing, sex, or violence. There are some perilous situations (it is a survival story, after all), but it’s age-appropriate.
This book probably won’t appeal to the older YA crowd. It’s definitely intended for kids squarely in the 10-14 age group. But if your kid is looking for something different and exciting to read, this is a great choice.
Content: Perilous situations.
Source: The publisher sent me an Advance Reading Copy of this book.
Other Books Mentioned in This Post
Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
Hatchet by Gary Paulson
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
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