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Author Terry Lynn Johnson Author Terry Lynn Johnson

Falcon Wild

Falcon Wild

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"...an adventurous coming of age tale with
a rich and beautiful natural setting."
   —School Library Journal

"Riveting action and harrowing experiences keep readers
on the edge. . . . An exhilarating survivalist adventure."

Thirteen-year-old Karma is lost in the backcountry of Montana with her falcon, Stark, and a troubled runaway boy named Cooper. She's desperate to find help for her dad and brother after they find themselves in a terrible accident on a back road.

Karma wouldn't be in this predicament if her parents hadn't insisted on returning Stark to the bird's original owner. Karma's dreams of becoming an apprentice falconer will never be the same when she has to give Stark back. Lost in the wild, her bond with the tamed falcon only grows stronger. All the while, Cooper gets his own lessons on how to trust in newfound friendship.

Both Karma's and Cooper's mettle is tested by mountain terrain, wild animals, severe weather, injury, and her own waning hope as this edge-of-your-seat wilderness adventure story vividly portrays the special bonds that can form between humans and animals.

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Charlesbridge, hardcover, September 2017, ISBN: 978-1580897884

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Dear Readers,

Unlike my dogsledding novels, I did not have years of personal experience to rely upon while writing Falcon Wild. What I did have was an intense fascination with the sport of falconry and the people who devote their lives to it. During my research I discovered many similarities between the two topics: both are somewhat "fringe" sports, meaning they are not generally understood by most of the population. Both are really more than sports—they are lifestyles. Both require incredible amounts of time, resources, and patience. And both are uncommonly rewarding—working closely with an animal and forging a bond. I admire the men and women who choose to follow their passion and I'm grateful for the support and assistance of many who have answered this newbie's naive questions.

Falcon Wild is a story in keeping with what I love to write about—gritty outdoor adventure, and the realistic portrayal of the special relationships humans can form with animals. I can't wait to share it with you.


"This book is an adventurous coming of age tale with a rich and beautiful natural setting. The imagery of the woods and country will make readers feel as if they are journeying alongside the protagonist. The details about the birds and what it takes to survive in the mountains are enlightening. Verdict: A strong choice for middle grade readers who appreciate nature, animals, and survival stories; an accessible read that could also spark discussions within a classroom setting."
   —School Library Journal

"Riveting action and harrowing experiences keep readers on the edge as the kids and falcon race to get back to Karma’s father and brother before it’s too late. . . . An exhilarating survivalist adventure."

"In Terry Lynn Johnson's Falcon Wild, 13-year-old Karma is lost in the Montana wilderness with her falcon, Stark, and a runaway boy, looking for help for her dad and brother who have been in an accident.... Lost in the wilderness, her bond with the bird only grows stronger as they face wild animals, injury, and severe weather together."
   —New Moon Girls

Terry Lynn Johnson—Falcon Wild

What is Falconry?

"Falconry is a unique and ancient partnership between human and bird."
   —Ontario Hawking Club

Learn more about Falconry:

Ontario Hawking Club
The Modern Apprentice

Terry & gyrfalcon
Central Ontario School of Falconry
Sky is a female gyrfalcon and belongs to Matt
Leiberknecht, Central Ontario School of Falconry

I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for providing me grants to write this novel.

Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.