Julia Farhat’s ebullient tone and soulful delivery beautifully capture the pure adolescent spirit of Jean Craighead George’s endearing coming-of-age YA story, set in the 1930’s and published in 1962, that evokes a simpler, bygone era in its heartfelt portrayal of the relationship between the 13-year-old June Pritchard and Zander, the sparrow hawk she trains and nurtures over three summers at her family’s Victorian summer home, and who teaches her invaluable lessons about nature and maturation as she prepares for her entry into womanhood.
June Pritchard and her pet sparrow hawk, Zander, are both caught between following the rules and spreading their wings to fly. June Pritchard spends every summer with her aunts, uncles, and cousins in the big Victorian house that belonged to her grandfather. But the summer she turns thirteen, something has changed. Her mother is imposing new rules on her, and she starts to feel the thrill - and burden - of growing up. When June is given a sparrow hawk to train as a pet, she takes on the task, eager to prove she can be reliable. But Zander the sparrow hawk is as resistant to new rules as June is herself. Together, they must navigate the fine line between responsibility and freedom.