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

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Although written for younger readers, this little book is a great read at any age.  It seems extraordinary that in the 21st century, the nomadic lifestyle can still survive, but it not only does, it coexists quite well in the Mongolia of Aisholpan Nurgaiv.  Born into a family of storied eagle hunters, Aisholpan decides to follow in her ancestors footsteps, even though no girl has ever done so.  With singular determination and the support of her family, Aisholpan does what no girl ever has—wins the Golden Eagle Festival in Olgii, Mongolia.  Narrated in her own voice, every girl will want to be as fierce and strong as she is. Best for 7 and up, or younger as a read-aloud.

— From Karen B.


The subject of the award-winning documentary The Eagle Huntress tells the true story of how she became the first girl to compete in -- and win -- one of Mongolia's most prestigious competitions.

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.

About the Author

Aisholpan Nurgaiv was the first female eagle hunter to have competed in the Golden Eagle Festival in Ölgii, Mongolia. Her story was featured in the award-winning documentary film The Eagle Huntress. She is currently a student in Kazakhstan.

Liz Welch is an award-winning journalist and memoirist. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling I Will Always Write Back and The Kids Are All Right, which won an ALA Alex Award.

Praise For…

"[A] glimpse into another culture.... Recommended."
School Library Journal

"Nurgaiv's love for and pride in her homeland, culture, and family come through with quiet, persuasive power. An intriguing memoir from a girl who's become a cultural icon."

"Young readers will be intrigued by the details of eagle hunting and the nomadic lifestyle.... An accessibly written, steadily paced story of perseverance and self-confidence."—School Library Connection

"A great stand-alone or companion to the documentary film The Eagle Huntress."—Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316522618
ISBN-10: 0316522619
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 12th, 2020
Pages: 208
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