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Children's LiteratureChallenger is the true story of an American bald eaglet whose nest is blown from a tall old pine in a Louisiana woods after a great storm. As his parents watch nervously, the eaglet is scooped from the fallen nest by a fisherman. The eaglet is soon dependent on the bits of fish the fisherman and his family drop into his hungry mouth. The fisherman eventually gives the eagle to a zoo, hoping he can be returned to the wild. Twice the eagle is set free--and twice he proves that he can't find food without human help. That is when fate steps in, transforming the displaced eagle into a majestic ambassador who helps to halt the extinction of America's bald eagles. Challenger reminds young readers how closely nature is tied to the actions of humans. And the author shares the message that a single person--and bird--can accomplish great things if they passionately strum the heartstrings of people who love beauty and nature. Wrapped in the arms of love, hope, and generosity, this tale soars, as do the illustrations. 2005, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 4 to 8.