Book Talks: Hawk and Birdie

hawkHawk by Jennifer Dance

In Hawk by Jennifer Dance, Adam’s main preoccupation is to win gold in the upcoming provincial cross-country championships. But when he is diagnosed with leukemia, he finds himself in a different kind of race. Adam has a tumultuous relationship with his parents, but is close to his grandfather who helped raise him and gave him the name Hawk. When Adam and his grandfather rescue a fish hawk, an osprey that has landed in one of the tailings ponds in the oil sands, Adam’s life takes on new purpose as he sets out to show the community the impact that the oil sands are having on the Athabasca River. As Adam undergoes treatment he finds the community rallying around him – both for his own survival, and for that of the land of his ancestors and the creatures that inhabit it.

Hawk is a juvenile fiction book by Jennifer Dance and was nominated for the Forest of Reading’s Silver Birch Award. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.


BirdieBirdie by Tracey Lindberg

Evergreen Award™ titles have been the top circulating library books in Haliburton County for the past three years. From a list of ten, patrons read one or more titles and vote on their favorite at their library in the fall. Tracey Lindberg’s Birdie is on Evergreen’s 2016 list and is also one of this year’s Canada Reads contenders.  Birdie is a moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, British Columbia. She is driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life.  Seventy five library systems have registered to take part in this year’s Evergreen Award, including your own Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.


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