Stand on the Sky
Aisulu breaks her people's tradition of only men fly the eagles to hunt. But her brother is sick and his future as a leader is uncertain. Can she earn the trust of her eagle, and her people, to soar?
Stand on the Sky is the 2019 winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature!
She had always heard that the eagle chooses the eagle hunter. She wanted that. She wanted her eagle to come to her. To choose her.
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.
Erin Bow's lyrical middle grade debut is perfect for fans of original animal-friendship stories, in the tradition of Pax and Because of Winn Dixie.
About the Author/Illustrator
Erin Bow is a former physicist turned poet and writer of novels for young people. Her first novel, Plain Kate, won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and was nominated for the, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the Sunburst Award. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, with her husband, author James Bow, and their two daughters.