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Ghost Hawk

Cooper, Susan (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.
Authors: Cooper, Susan, 1935-
Title: Ghost Hawk
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. Mcelderry Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 328 p. :,map ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Cooper
Summary: At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.
ISBN: 9781442481411
1442481412
9781442481435
1442481439
Branch Call Number: j COOPER 2013
Subject Headings: Wampanoag Indians Juvenile fiction Indians of North America Massachusetts Juvenile fiction Survival Juvenile fiction Massachusetts History New Plymouth, 1620-1691 Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Ghost stories
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Wampanoag Indians
Indians of North America
Survival
LCCN: 2012039892
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At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.

At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start,
Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.


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Jul 16, 2014
  • gitanag rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is NOT recommended for youth due to the erasure of Native American characters and POV.

Better to read the work of Tim Tingle such as "How I Became A Ghost" (which shows just how much of a force for good a ghost and one's ancestors can be) and go online to see Matika Wilbur's "Project 562" photographs.

Susan Cooper missed an important opportunity to make more visible the story of Native Americans and how tightly interwoven are the threads of all of our pasts, presents and futures. I don't understand how someone who did that so deftly in "The Dark Is Rising" series failed to do it on almost every level in this book.

Instead of exploring the layers of histories and peoples that existed/exist in this land of what is now the NE USA, she quickly eliminates Native Americans from the narrative and spends the rest of the book focused on the whites (from the POV of a "good" white) and then, inexplicably, introduces a thinly veiled self portrait as the final "good" white person of the story.

As a white person, I understand the urge to find some way to come to peace with the horrific heritage we carry regarding the treatment of Native Americans. However, books like this one will not free any of us. Indeed, it will (re)wound many readers and continue to skew and obscure a story with which we all must somehow come to terms.

Nov 08, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

While I agree in some ways with Booklists' starred review " In sum, this is simply an unforgettable reading experience," I have deep reservations about the book, too. The idea that a native american would be kept from entering the afterlife for the sole purpose of being able to enter the mind of a follower of Roger Williams seems deeply anglo-centric. The author clearly can write beautifully, but she doesn't bother to answer the questions she creates about her world. We are left wondering the same thing as Hawk: "I see much. And I wonder why I am left here to see, with no power at all to help the good or hinder the ill." The author clearly states that she wrote the story because she bought a piece of land and began to wonder what happened on the land before she bought it. Her vision of Native Americans is highly romantic and evocative -- but does it do a disservice by perpetuating the myth of the noble savage? I would be glad to have my son read this book to hear how the colliding of worlds helped destroy Native American cultures, but then he's also be reading that a native american man's best possible service is to support and counsel a white man -- would that put my son back in the anglocentric box we were attempting to free him from? I am not sure I am comfortable recommending this book.

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