Sparrow Hawk Red Book Summary and Study Guide

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    A young teen, Ricky, is a whiz at flying small aircraft, thanks to his stunt-flying father. Ricky can handle a loop without waffling, but he is stunned into shock when he overhears a conversation between his father and DEA agents trying to bring his father out of retirement to pursue members of a drug cartel in Mexico. The agents let it slip that the drug cartel arranged a fatal car crash which had taken the life of Ricky's mother several years previously.
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    Ricky is disgusted when his father refuses to act and he decides to take matters into his own hands. He runs off to Mexico where he must survive in the guise of a "rattero" or homeless street waif. With the help of Soledad, a young girl, he manages to locate the drug cartel and come up with an ambitious plan to steal an airplane and make a daring escape.

    Ricky learns a lot about the true meaning of courage. His friendship with Soledad opens his eyes to a life very different from his own. He learns to understand and forgive his father.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Ages 7-14 Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   drug dealers

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   Hispanic


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico Desert?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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