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The Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl Who Soared Beyond Expectations

By: Aisholpan Nurgaiv

Liz Welch

In this compelling memoir, teenaged eagle hunter Aisholpan Nurgaiv tells her own story for the first time, speaking directly with award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Liz Welch (I Will Always Write Back), who traveled to Mongolia for this book. Nurgaiv's story and fresh, sincere voice are not only inspiring but truly magnificent: with the support of her father, she captured and trained her own golden eagle and won the Ölgii eagle festival. She was the only girl to compete in the festival.

Filled with stunning photographs, The Eagle Huntress is a striking tale of determination—of a girl who defied expectations and achieved what others declared impossible. Aisholpan Nurgaiv's story is both unique and universally relatable: a memoir of survival, empowerment, and the positive impact of one person's triumph.

ISBN: 9780316522618

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Sexism
Topics: Aisholpan Nurgaiv , Falconers , Mongolia , Biography , Girls , Women hunters , Falconry , Social life and customs of Kazakhs , Golden eagle

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Sixteen-year-old Nurgaiv came from a Kazakh/Mongolian family with a tradition of hunting with eagles, a custom handed from father to son for generations. But cultural expectations demanded that girls stay at home. Nurgaiv, who had an affinity for eagles, was not content with that role. She convinced her father, mother, and grandfather to let her tr Sixteen-year-old Nurgaiv came from a Kazakh/Mongolian family with a tradition of hunting with eagles, a custom handed from father to son for generations. But cultural expectations demanded that girls stay at home. Nurgaiv, who had an affinity for eagles, was not content with that role. She convinced her father, mother, and grandfather to let her try to become an eagle huntress. First, she was required to capture her own eaglet, and then raise and train it carefully. It was an arduous task, but Nurgaiv loved it, and loved her eaglet, White Feathers. Within a remarkably short period of time, she not only entered the 2014 Golden Eagle Festival competition, but actually won it. Told in her own words, Nurgaiv’s love for her family, her culture, and her eagle is expressed clearly. Her nomad life, its primary mode of transportation by horse or camel, is described affectionately in detail. Readers may be surprised that in the 21st century, Nurgaiv has never heard of pizza or toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as other things considered common to young readers. This glimpse into another culture would do well paired with the documentary to spark discussion on multiple levels. Recommended for middle grade collections, especially for biography sections ­focusing on female empowerment.

Book Details

ISBN

9780316522618

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

6" x 8 3/4"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little, Brown BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Sexism

Topics

Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Falconers, Mongolia, Biography, Girls, Women hunters, Falconry, Social life and customs of Kazakhs, Golden eagle,

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Book Genres

Memoir

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