The Desert Hawk is the story of James F. "Stocky"Edwards, one of Canada's greatest WWII air aces, a fighter pilot who earnedhis nickname not because of his build, but because he would stand up toanything. A Saskatchewan farm boy whose bird-shooting skills would serve himwell later in battle, he joined the RCAF and at 20 years old was leading the 260Squadron over more senior officers. Edwards racked up victories in North Africa,Italy, France and Germany, and by war's end he was a decorated wing commander,legendary for his victories and his irrepressible personality. In December 2004,he was made a member of the Order of Canada. Like Barbara Hehner's bestselling The Tunnel King,which scored highly with kids and was nominated for several awards, includingthe Silver Birch, The Desert Hawk is another lively, action-adventureread of a great Canadian war hero.