Sky Hawk

by Gill Lewis

Reading Age: 10+

Interest level: 10+

by Gill Lewis

When Callum and his friends find Iona Mcnair on the farm they chase her off - the McNairs are virtual outcasts in the village. Afterwards, worried, Callum follows her and Iona reluctantly reveals her secret: an osprey nest. Terrified of egg-stealers, she’s fiercely protecting it. Drawn to this deeply independent girl, Callum promises help.

Having been ringed by the local nature warden, Callum and Iona follow the osprey’s migration route to the Gambia, then the signal abruptly disappears. And - unexpectedly, devastatingly - tragedy strikes, drawing the entire village into Iona’s secret...

Powerful, evocative writing about landscape and the natural world, and delicately drawn characters existing within the complex nexus of human relationships in a small village are sensitively combined in this absorbing, very moving novel.


Publisher: Oxford University Press

About the author

  • Gill Lewis

    Gill spent much of her childhood in the garden where she ran a small zoo and a veterinary hospital for creepy-crawlies, mice, and birds. When she grew up she became a real vet and travelled from the Arctic to Africa in search of interesting animals and places.


    Gill now writes books for children. Her debut novel, Sky Hawk, was published to much critical acclaim and has been translated into 20 languages. The publishers of Sky Hawk generously sponsored a satellite-tagged osprey through the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, fulfilling Gill's dream that her writing could contribute directly to wildlife conservation.


    She lives in the depths of Somerset with her husband and three children and writes from a tree house in the company of squirrels.

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  • Author Gill Lewis talks about Sky Hawk.

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