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I back up as Cooper did and then sprint toward the edge. Just as I'm about to launch myself across the crevice, a hot wave of nausea grips me. I stumble at the last second. My leap is not enough to propel me to the other side. I reach for the edge.
Thirteen-year-old Karma is lost in the backcountry of Montana with her falcon, Stark, and a troubled runaway boy named Cooper. She’s desperate to find help for her dad and brother after a blown tire on a back road causes a terrible accident.
Karma wouldn’t be in this predicament 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 when she has to give Stark back. Lost in the wild, their bond only grows stronger as Karma teaches the falcon to hunt like a bird of prey. 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 her own waning hope as this edge-of-your-seat wilderness adventure story vividly portrays the special bonds that can form between humans and animals.
Author & Illustrator Bios:Terry Lynn Johnson, author
Terry Lynn Johnson is the author of Ice Dogs (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a 2014 ABA Best Children's Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, an ILA/CBC Children's Choice, and the recipient of several other awards and honors. Terry is also an award-winning member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada and one of only nine female Conservation Officers in Ontario. When she's not writing, Terry enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking. Her lifelong passion for adventure and wildlife continues to inspire her books.
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ISBN: 978-1-63289-601-8 EPUB
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Ages: 10 and up
Page count: 176
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 5.