Nighthawk, by Jamie Bastedo, is the tale of a single nighthawk who longs for freedom, but must take risks, tell lies, and learn new skills to get it. This nighthawk i
Nighthawk, by Jamie Bastedo, is the tale of a single nighthawk who longs for freedom, but must take risks, tell lies, and learn new skills to get it. This nighthawk is called Wisp. His rank in the colony is juvenile Plebe, a low status, but all that he’ll ever be. Or so he thinks.
The story begins at Wisp’s birthplace, when he’s only just hatched. Wisp watches in awe as his father puts on an air show. He wishes he could do the same, but he is too small and too young.
A little while later, Wisp has to fly. He has no choice. It’s either fly as fast as he can or die. The fire heads straight for him and his family. The last words he hears are, “If we get split up, find each other at Great Slave Lake.” But there’s one problem. If Wisp loses his family, he can’t navigate and he’ll never find the rendezvous point.
He loses everybody in the fire. Wisp decides to search for the place where the Colony of nighthawks will migrate. The only way to do that is to rely on the instinct and directions of other birds. He finally makes it to the Refugium, the summer home of all nighthawks.
But months later, Wisp wonders why he even came to the Refugium. All he does there is eat fire ants and do an occasional snake patrol, but he’s trapped and has almost no chance of escape, since the Guardians are always on the alert. The only happiness is that his mom and sister are there. He learns that his dad didn’t make it out.
Wisp feels trapped, helpless, and imprisoned. He decides that he has to make his escape. He doesn’t know how or when, but he does know that if he can escape, he will head straight for the Tundra, the land of the midnight sun.
Can Wisp possibly make his escape? If he does, how will he find the way to the Tundra, since he can’t navigate? Wisp takes on a big role in this story and he has to forge new friendships, accept new circumstances, and learn to be a leader.
I found the story very interesting and intriguing. I could connect with the characters and really get a sense of them. This book was written well and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. However, the book did use a small amount of inappropriate language, so I would recommend this to readers 10 and up.