Shadow of the Hawk, a Depression era story and my debut novel, never ceases to amaze me. It is close to my heart and probably always will be, whether it’s because it was my first, or because it was created from my mother’s memories and her birthplace. Each time its applauded, I imagine her smiling and cheering. Shadow of the Hawk has won the Literary Classics International Book Award for historical fiction, the Chaucer Award for young adult historical fiction, the 2016 WILLA Award in the Children/Young Adult category, and is now a finalist in the RONE Awards. Thank you to all who believed, and to all who hoped, but most of all to my mother, to whom this book is dedicated.