2021 Audie Award Winner for Best Middle Grade Audiobook
In a mythic Scotland, two unlikely heroes must make a dangerous journey to save their people.
Agatha is a Hawk, brave and fierce, who protects her people by patrolling the high walls of their island home. She is proud of her job, though some in her clan whisper that it is meant to keep her out of the waybecause of the condition she was born with. Jaime, thoughtful and anxious, is an Angler, but he hates the sea. Worse, he’s been chosen for a duty that the clan hasn’t required for generations: to marry. The elders won’t say why they have promised him to a girl in a neighboring clan, but there are rumors of approaching danger. When disaster strikes and the clan is kidnapped, it is up to Agatha and Jaime to travel across the haunted mainland of Scotia to Norveg, with help along the way from a clan of nomadic Highland bull riders and the many animals who are drawn to Agatha’s extraordinary gift of communication. Thrilling and dark yet rich with humor and compassion, this is the first book in the Shadow Skye trilogy, written by a wonderful new voice in fantasy and introducing a welcome new kind of hero.
"Narrators Fiona Hardingham and Gary Furlong voice Agatha and Jaime's stories in alternating chapters, allowing listeners to experience this epic adventure from two different perspectives. Hardingham's portrayal of Agatha is especially strong, and her performance captures the character's unique worldview.… Fast-paced action, authentically fresh voices, violent beasts, and unforgettable Scottish scenery elevate this debut novel." —School Library Journal, starred review
"The first in a trilogy, this tale set in mythic Scotland features two engaging characters brought to life through Fiona Hardingham's and Gary Furlong's alternating narrations. Hardingham is masterful at sharing Agatha's worldview with listeners; a brave, fierce Hawk, she is proud of her job patrolling the walls of her island home.… The narrators give the characters wonderful Scottish inflections and skillfully build suspense while developing this duo into unique new heroes whom listeners will want to hear succeed." —AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner
Joseph Elliott is a British writer and actor known for his work in children’s television. His commitment to serving children with special education needs was instilled at a young age: his mother is a teacher trained in special needs education, and his parents provided respite foster care for children with additional needs. He has worked at a recreational center for children with learning disabilities and as a teaching assistant at Westminster Special Schools. The heroine of The Good Hawk, which is his first book, was inspired by the many incredible children he has worked with, especially those with Down syndrome. Joseph Elliott lives in London.