Stand on the Sky is the 2019 winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature!
A gripping new read from Erin Bow, acclaimed and bestselling author of Plain Kate and The Scorpion Rules!
She had always heard that the eagle chooses the eagle hunter. She wanted that. She wanted her eagle to come to her. To choose her.
It goes against all tradition for Aisulu to train an eagle, for among the Kazakh nomads, only men can fly them. But everything changes when Aisulu discovers that her brother, Serik, has been concealing a bad limp that risks not just his future as the family's leader, but his life too.
When her parents leave to seek a cure for Serik in a distant hospital, Aisulu finds herself living with her intimidating uncle and strange auntie -- and secretly caring for an orphaned baby eagle. To save her brother and keep her family from having to leave their nomadic life behind forever, Aisulu must earn her eagle's trust and fight for her right to soar. Along the way, she discovers that family are people who choose each other, home is a place you build, and hope is a thing with feathers.
Erin Bow's lyrical middle grade debut is perfect for fans of original animal-friendship stories like Pax and Because of Winn Dixie.
About the Author:
Erin Bow is a former physicist turned poet and writer of novels for young people. Her first novel, Plain Kate, won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and was nominated for the, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the Sunburst Award. She has also written Sorrow's Knot and two critically acclaimed science fiction books, The Scorpion Rules and The Swan Riders. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband, author James Bow, and their two daughters. Visit her online at www.erinbow.com.
Praise for Stand on the Sky
Winner, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Text, 2019
"Bow's poetic prose heightens the story and deepens it, her rich turns of phrase tucking their own sharp wisdom into the mix."- The Toronto Star
"A wonderfully open-ended picture book for reading aloud, it's sure to lead children outdoors, or at least to the nearest window." - Quill & Quire