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Through the Eyes of a Raptor


Orphaned upon her mother’s death, thirteen-year-old Kelly MacBride is sent to live with a mysterious grandmother whose Highland estate whispers with intrigue. Aided by Gordie, an obsessive bagpiper with a penchant for Shakespeare and mischief, Kelly deciphers riddles penned in ancient runes. These lead her to hidden tunnels and secret chambers where she chances upon a how-to guide on shape shifting. But plots lurk just out of view: an attack on the manor’s working dogs, a midnight ambush, and a poisoning threaten the manor’s safety.

Shape shifting might help Kelly identify the source of the danger, but as a mouse she can’t run without tripping on her tail; in squirrel form she finds herself fifty feet in the air without a branch to cling to; and she learns just how blind bats are, when she forgets to engage her echolocation. Can she get it right in time? Set in the Highlands of Scotland, Through the Eyes of a Raptor weaves Celtic myth and Scottish culture around questions of loyalty and betrayal, delivering a suspenseful tale of magic and adventure.

I was blown away watching Julie Hahnke present to an audience of 7th grade students. The students, the teachers, and myself were spellbound with her presentation, which was fascinating, inspirational, and fun. If only she could visit all our librarians across the state!
Shelley Quezada
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
As a school librarian in an urban school, reaching out to reluctant readers is a daily occurrence. After Julie came to visit our school for an author visit, we had students buzzing with excitement to read. Julie delivers her presentation in a way that has students wanting more, she makes students feel valued, and involves them in a hands-on discussion about creating her books from concept to publishing. Her books have not sat on the library shelves for more than a day since she has come to our school and students continue to ask when her next book will be published.
Jessica Gilcreast
Librarian, McDonough Elementary School, Manchester, NH


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