Summer of the Cooper's Hawk

Loucks Studios, Inc.

$ 6.99 

Summer of the Cooper's Hawk

Middle Grade Wildlife Adventure

Written and Illustrated by L. L. Christenson

Cover: Lisa Loucks Christenson

Publisher:  Loucks Studios, Inc.

Release: 2018

World Rights Available. 

A poignant story about a girl struggling to accept the love of her new stepmother. When Mandy discovers a mother hawk raising her young alone the girl sees the distance a mother will travel to feed, defend and raise her young up, into, and beyond their flight.

Cover Blurb (subject to change on publication)

When nine-year-old Mandy finds a fox holding a dead Cooper's Hawk she sets off into the woods to check their nest and to find out if their babies were killed too.  Over the next weeks Mandy returns to their nest site and observes the mother hawks' courage while tending her young––alone.

After Mandy's dad is injured in a car accident she begins to understand how difficult it is for her new stepmother to take care of her and her little brother, and how she is, in some ways, like the mother hawk taking care of her young ones.

When it's time for the hawks to fledge Mandy notices how they stall before attempting their jump off their nest and into the unknown. From her perspective, she can see their mom above, on a higher branch, watching, and trying to coax them off.

Can their jump into flight teach Mandy how to believe and have faith in what she can't see? Will their courage inspire them to leap off their nest, and when they do, will their trust in their mothers' encouraging calls  be enough to convince them they'll be able to use their wings to fly? 

Can the Cooper's Hawk fledglings teach Mandy through their jump that, like their own mothers' dedication to coax them into flight, the love of her new stepmother will not stop reaching out no matter Mandy's distance or height? Can she believe in her heart, her stepmother will, like the mother Cooper's Hawk, be there for her any time she calls or falls?


©2017 Lisa Loucks Christenson ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 

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