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Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. 
New York : Delacorte, 2003.
ISBN 0385730713

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Ever heard of shapeshiffting?
Hawksong is a wonderful novel that will captivate you from the first page.  It combines fantasy with romance and keeps the reader hooked until the very end.  Atwater-Rhodes’ unique style of writing really shines through in this novel.  Find out how far your imagination can be stretched in Hawksong. (Haley Rogers, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

Booktalk #2

“I took a deep breath to steady my nerves and narrowly avoided retching from the sharp, well-known stench that surrounds me. The smell of hot avian blood spattered on the stones, and cool serpiente blood that seemed ready to dissolve the skin off my hands if I touched it. The smell of burned hair and feathers and skin of the dead smoldered in the fire of a dropped lantern.” War. This is the only thing that Danica Shardae, an avian shapeshifter and heir to the avian throne, has ever known. The war with the serpiente has been raging on for so long, no one can remember how it all began. Danica is tired of the war, tired of the endless bloodshed. As heir to the avian throne, she is willing to do anything in her power to end the bloodshed—even if that means accepting Zane Cobriana, leader of the terrifying serpiente, the avian’s greatest enemy, as her mate and bind the two royal families. In public, Danica must pretend to be in love with Zane, but in private, her reserve threatens to keep two young people and their worlds apart. She must discover how to trust Zane and his people, while overcoming her own fears that he will attack her and her people as his deadly animal form–a cobra. Now, Danica and Zane, who both long for peace, must stop the rebels who are trying to destroy the fragile peace and convince their people to trust in them and trust in peace.  Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     War -- Fiction.
                        Inheritance and succession -- Fiction.


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