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Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon: A True Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation

Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon: A True Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation

by Christie Gove-Berg


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The True Story of a Peregrine Falcon’s Rehabilitation

Maggie has just learned to fly when she crashes into the side of a building. She falls to the ground, alone and injured. Who will help her? As told with real photographs, this true story explains how wildlife hospitals rescue and treat injured animals. Their goal is to release the animals back into the wild. Sometimes, this isn’t possible—but there can still be a happy ending. Maggie’s story, a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Recipient, is just such a success!

Award-winning author Christie Gove-Berg began writing the Wildlife Rescue Stories after her mom and dad found an injured eaglet on their land.

  • The Wildlife Center of Virginia helped in Maggie’s rescue and rehabilitation, and they assisted in ensuring this book’s accuracy.
  • Part of the proceeds from the sale of Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon will benefit the Wildlife Center.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591935162
Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Wildlife Rescue Stories
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 670,455
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Christie Gove-Berg loves nature and wildlife. Her first book, Esther the Eaglet, was written after the rescue of an injured eaglet on her parents’ land. Her second book in the series, Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon, was inspired by a young bird that was injured while learning to fly in the middle of a big city. (Now Maggie is an educational bird at The Wildlife Center of Virginia, teaching people about raptors.) Christie’s regional book, Minnesota Must-See for Families, encourages families to document their Minnesota adventures together. Christie donates a portion of the profits from her raptor books to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota and The Wildlife Center of Virginia. When she has free time, Christie enjoys writing, reading, cooking, hiking, and camping. Her perfect day would be a kayak ride to a sandy beach on the St. Croix River with her friends and family. And lots of laughter.

Read an Excerpt

Maggie practices flying. She leaves the nest to explore. The sun warms her as she glides past buildings. 

A strong wind lifts her. Maggie starts to turn, but she is pushed sideways by the breeze. Suddenly, in front of her, there is a building. It is close. Too close.


Maggie tumbles downward. She falls fast. She cannot stop.


And then she is on the ground. The pavement is hot. There are people everywhere. They lean in close. 

Maggie realizes that her beak hurts. Her eyes aren’t working right. What’s wrong with her? Maggie cries out in fear and pain.

Special people come and pick her up. They seem to know what to do. She is put inside a crate and taken out of the city.


The people move her into a building. They call the place a wildlife hospital. They bring her to a quiet room and lift her from the crate. 

Maggie shivers in fright. They shine a light in her eyes and stretch out her wings. They poke her with something sharp and take pictures of her. Maggie is too tired to fight. She lets them care for her.

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