Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson

Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
(Charlesbridge – September 19, 2017)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FALCON WILD is the must-read middle grade adventure story of fall 2017!

Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book.

Book Description (from Goodreads)

Thirteen-year-old Karma is lost in the backcountry of Montana with her falcon, Stark, and a runaway boy named Cooper. She ‘s desperate to find help for her dad and brother after they find themselves in a terrible accident on a back road.

Karma wouldn’t be in this mess if her parents hadn’t insisted on returning Stark to the bird’s original owner. Life at her father’s bird sanctuary–and Karma’s dreams of becoming an apprentice falconer–will never be the same now that she has to give Stark back. Lost in the wild, her bond with the tamed falcon only grows stronger. All the while, Cooper gets his own lessons on how to trust in newfound friendship.

Both Karma’s and Cooper’s mettle is tested by mountain terrain, wild animals, severe weather, injury, and their own waning hope as this edge-of-your-seat adventure story vividly portrays the special bonds that can form between humans and animals.


What a fabulous adventure story! I love everything about this book – female protagonist, unique premise, cliffhanger chapter endings, manageable length for middle grade readers, and most of all, the absolute perfection it will be for a whole class read aloud in any middle school classroom. As a school librarian, I can’t keep Gary Paulsen books on my shelves, and I just know this is going to be a huge hit with those readers. I will be purchasing copies for both of my libraries.

Required purchase for middle grade libraries and classrooms – recommended for grades 4 and up as a read aloud.

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