Sky Hawk

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She turned her head, and fixed me with her brilliant yellow eyes. She looked right into me. And suddenly I knew then, in that one moment, I was as much part of her world as she was of mine.

When Callum’s friends find a ragged girl, Iona, trespassing on Callum’s farm, they chase her away – and Iona runs high into the hills. It is late and dark, and snow lies in the mountain gullies. Worried for Iona’s safety, Callum follows to find her. But Iona is guarding a secret. A rare and precious osprey is hidden in the high forest above the dark waters of the loch. And when Iona and Callum make a pact to protect the bird, it is a promise that will change Callum’s world forever… Soar far above the clouds in this enthralling tale of friendship, loyalty and hope, as you follow the majestic sky hawk from Scottich lochs and glens all the way to the African jungles.

“Opens your eyes, touches your heart, and is so engaging it almost turns the pages for you.” Michael Morpurgo

“This beautifully written, captivating book should be on everyone’s bookcase. Breathtaking. Poignant. Unforgettable.” Virginia McKenna, founder of the Born Free Foundation

“Rich in atmosphere and full of heart… A book to treasure.” Julia Eccleshare, Guardian

Product Details






Oxford University Press

Date published

January 5th, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.1; Middle years; 5.0 points

Other details

  • 240 pages




Gill Lewis

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  1. Madi
    on 27 March 2021

    My favourite book

    I remember reading this book as a 10 year old in primary school. 8 years later I still think about it and have been searching for it! I finally found it today, I loved this book as a child (and I’m sure I still would now!!)

    5 out of 5

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What kids think

  1. coco350
    on 9 May 2015

    I couldn’t put the down it was so amazing I loved every minute of it.Not suitable for younger readers-bad language!

    5 out of 5
  2. syrac10
    on 1 February 2015

    Sky Hawk is quite an emotional story. It shows how animals can communicate with humans!

  3. JapaneseStar
    on 4 July 2014

    It was AMAZING! A friend recommended it and now I’d recommend it to others as well. It touched my heart there is only one thing you could call it: a Masterpiece.

    5 out of 5
  4. PenguinPenguin3
    on 10 June 2014

    This is an amazing book, which keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through reading this, unable to put it down! There is so many cliff-hanger parts in the story where I really did not know what to expect next. Sometimes it is sad and sometimes it is happy, but the whole way through it is very emotional and has a strong message

    5 out of 5
  5. tomgates27
    on 17 March 2014

    this book is great i read it at school and it shows what you can do if you want to

    5 out of 5
  6. hawk12
    on 8 January 2014

    a great book about endangered animails

  7. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    When I borrowedthis book from this book from my mate I thought it was going to be boring but as soon I got into it I ciuldnt put it down again untill id finished

  8. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 23 August 2012

    Yet again another great book by Gill Lewis. One of the best books I have read in a while!Sky Hawk was a great book because of if its gripping plot.

    The main character Iona become ill (does she die? read the book to find out!), the osprey named Iris nesting in the eyrie on the island in the middle of loch goes back to Africa for the winter, but when a signal is not transmitting from her tag Callum fears the worst; she is lost or dead. Callum, Euan and Rob contact everyone they can in Gambia to go on a search, only one replies-an African girl called Jeneba. Despite Jeneba having two broken legs she was determined to go out with the search party to search for the osprey, due to this is she is one of my favourite characters. My other favourite character is Rob because of a kind deed he does.

    I absolutely love this book because of its format; the main part is from Scotland and then segments are in the format of an informative letter from Jeneba set in Africa. I rate this book 9/10, I would definitely recommend the book to all Michael Morpurgo or Lauren St John fans because it is a novel full of wildlife and miracles.

    Ben, aged 13

    Sky Hawk is a realistic story with convincing characters. It was well written and I could imagine it happening to me. Also there were vivid descriptions of the Scottish landscape and the osprey. The book has themes of friendship, trust and respect for the environment. I liked the book because of the special bond between Iona and Callum. I think the story would appeal to girls and boys of 10+ with an interest in nature. I would recommend this book as a good read.

    Lettie, aged 11

  9. SpreadYourWings
    on 24 June 2012

    This.Is.The.Best.Book.In.The.Whole. Entire. World. EVER!!!!! It follows the blossoming friendship between Callum and Iona and the osperys on Callum’s farm… Deep in the breath-taking scottish valleys, across the loch, hidden amongst the rich, scotts pines, lies a secret so big, it is almost a matter and life and death. Callum and Iona and devoted the rare ospreys but when disaster strikes, they have no choice but to get help, to let someone else know…

    Highly recommended for ANYONE!!! :D

    5 out of 5
  10. cookiebee23
    on 23 May 2012

    i ‘ve only read the first chapter but it looks amazing

    5 out of 5

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