Friday, December 9, 2011

Review: The Boy Who Flew With Eagles by Ben Woodard

An adventure story of a boy challenged to save a family of eagles or become their meal. With famine looming for animals and humans, the boy works to feed the eagles and learns their wisdom. As a reward for his help, he asks the eagles to teach him to fly. The book depicts his struggle, both mentally and physically, to fly and convince his people that fewer salmon each year are due to their actions. The story combines myth, environmental awareness and the concept of working together. It is a short middle grade novel.

This is a book specifically geared towards reluctant readers. Mainly middle grade boys. It's a short novel with an easily read story that won't intimidate someone that is hesitant to pick up a book. I love that the author is putting the time and effort into getting kids to enjoy reading (especially those boys).

The story is about a boy that ends up living with eagles for a time. He helps them find food for survival, but he gains a lot in return for his efforts. There is an underlying theme of being conscious of how we use our resources. It presents a positive message without feeling preachy.

A quick, adventurous read that will boost the confidence of those reluctant middle grade readers :-)

Publication Date: November 6, 2011
Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure
Source: Thanks to the author, Ben Woodard, for my review copy!


Ben Woodard said...

Thanks Jackie!

Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

As a teacher, I definitely love to see books for reluctant readers - especially boys!