Mrs. Crosby checked of one of the chapter book squares in her choice board. Here is what she had to say about the book she read, Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow!
“It goes against all tradition for Aisulu to train an eagle, for among the Kazakh nomads, only men can fly them. But everything changes when Aisulu discovers that her brother, Serik, has been concealing a bad limp that risks not just his future as the family's leader, but his life too.
When her parents leave to seek a cure for Serik in a distant hospital, Aisulu finds herself living with her intimidating uncle and strange auntie—and secretly caring for an orphaned baby eagle. To save her brother and keep her family from having to leave their nomadic life behind forever, Aisulu must earn her eagle’s trust and fight for her right to soar. Along the way, she discovers that family are people who choose each other, home is a place you build, and hope is a thing with feathers.” ---Amazon booklist 2019
I loved this book! The characters are loveable and well created. I laughed and cried during the reading of this book.
Aisulu is shown as a strong Kazakh girl growing into her unique self. She wants to be an eagle hunter, but it’s traditionally a male role. She loves her people and family and strives to do what's right and necessary for her Kazakh family and traditions.
The author has given a great description of life in the mountains and foothills for the children and families of the Kazakh people. She spent time with the people and learned their ways. Her writing reflects her understanding of these nomadic people.
Total reading time: 12-18 hours (I read it in 12, reading approximately 40 pages an hour)
This book is available in our library and online through the Mid-Hudson library system.