Summer Hawk by Deborah Savage

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M. Taylor Armstrong-Brown. It's a good name for a journalist. When Taylor moves to the remote town of Hunter's Gap from Philadelphia, she copes by being an impartial observer. She plans on biding her time until she can escape to prep school and college. But, unexpectedly, Taylor finds herself rescuing an orphaned baby hawk and getting to know a boy she'd never imagined being friends with. When she meets the woman who runs the nearby raptor rehabilitation center, Taylor's journalistic reserve begins to break down. As the hawk heals and grows stronger, Taylor is drawn closer to the boy she'd considered a redneck - and to the passionate "Hawk Lady," whose many secrets awaken deeper emotions in Taylor than she understands. Words begin flowing from her pen, but they are not the objective notes of a news reporter. They are the stirrings of a heart taking wing.

About Deborah Savage

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Deborah Savage is the author of a number of books for young adults, including, Summer Hawk, winner of the Boston Authors Award for young adult literature 2000, To Race a Dream, and Under a Different Sky, which School Library Journal called in a starred review, "endlessly fascinating and appealing." She lives in western Massachusetts.
Published April 26, 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Fiction

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Taylor feels that her sensitive-artist (another stereotype) father is the only person who understands her until she connects with the class outcast, Rail, and Rhiannon, the “hawk lady” who runs the local raptor rescue center.

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Taylor's mother is a workaholic career woman (a psychoanalyst, she is labeled ""psychopath"" by the locals), and she is too cold to elicit much sympathy--even though her complaints about the narrow-mindedness of Hunter's Gap citizens are amply confirmed by Taylor's first-person narration.

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