Selling Points: "Adventure, animals"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2003
Fiction Ages 9-12
Otis took her hand and led her into the boathouse. Inside it was even more rickety and dank smelling. The lake licked greedily at her feet through the slatted boards that made up the floor. Rain poured through the hole in the roof. It was very dark
"Over here." Otis had moved away. He crouched in the corner, his yellow slicker puddling around his small body.
Lissa felt her way toward him.
A loud screech stopped her in her tracks. A big bird was hunched in a wire cage in the corner of the boathouse.
Lissa is the new kid in town. She is lonely and she blames her mother and her mother's new husband for her troubles. To make matters worse, she has to look after a boy who believes that his dead mother's spirit lives on in the red-tailed hawk that he secretly keeps captive. Ironically, the resulting adventure takes Lissa's mind off her own troubles and gets her a friend to boot!
Silver Birch nominee, short-listed
SYRCA Diamond Willow nominee, short-listed