Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
2014 Rocky Mountain Book Award finalist
Wisp has a learning problem: he can't read stars. For a juvenile nighthawk bursting with wanderlust this means trouble, with his peers, his parents, and the starving colony that tries to fence him in. So he ditches everyone, striking off on a forbidden migratory journey from the Amazon to the Arctic, alone — or so he thinks. Crossing two continents, he wings above South America's soaring Andes Mountains, over the belching mouth of Mexico's Popocatï¿½petl volcano, across the searing Arizona desert, up to the steaming Alberta tar sands, then steers farther north than any nighthawk before him. Can Wisp beat the odds against him? Without the help of stars, can he navigate one of the longest, most treacherous migration routes on Earth?
Award-winning fiction writer Jamie Bastedo spins a high-flying adventure that weaves together themes of family and friendship, courage and perseverance, against the backdrop of our fast-changing world where it's tougher than ever just being a bird.
About the author
Jamie Bastedo, former CBC North host and author of Shield Country: The Life and Times of the Oldest Piece of the Planet, Reaching North: A Celebration of the Subarctic and Blue Lake and Rocky Shores, reflects on the charm and mystery of the Canadian Shield. He writes to inform and to inspire, telling a "story of place." He lives in Yellowknife, NWT and operates a touring company that takes tourists on tours of the North and also runs an environmental consulting company.
"Timely, refreshingly honest, and funny, Nighthawk! is an engaging adventure tale which will have a broad appeal. A suitable selection for use in the classroom and at home,Nighthawk! will fit nicely in the hands of young birders (especially) and naturalists of any age.
— CM Magazine
"Nighthawk! tells a story of dreamers and wanderers, sure to resonate with readers young and old."
— Midwest Book Review
"With climate change, migratory habits are changing, and many species are seen both earlier and farther north than was expected just a few decades ago. Bastedo helps us to experience this biological change from a bird's-eye view, and simultaneously reflect on the role humans have played and will play in this ongoing story."
— Resource Links
"Nighthawk! has short chapters, each of which leave the reader yearning for the next adventure."
— Waterloo Region Record
"This is an engaging read told from the point of view of Wisp, making this appealing not only for animal lovers, but for young readers looking for a real adventure story. This narrative is also an appealing look at our natural environment, and a fascinating view of the geography and world we live in."
— Library Media Connection Magazine
Other titles by Jamie Bastedo
Protectors of the Planet
Environmental Trailblazers from 7 to 97
Trans Canada Trail
Free as the Wind
On Thin Ice
Falling for Snow
A Naturalist's Journey into the World of Winter
A Celebration of the Subarctic
Tracking Triple Seven
The Life and Times of the Oldest Piece of the Planet