I've been trying to find a book for someone - she read it as a kid (between 1993-1997) and can't remember much about it.

The bits that are remembered have to do with, or the title is something about a falcon, or peregrine (which makes googling impossible - every result shows "Miss Peregrine") There's someone in a dark cloak on the cover. And the hero is a teenage girl who deals with real issues in the book, like menstruating - which is why she remembers the character. As a teen, it was cool the main character dealt with real issues.

And that's literally all I have to go off of. Needless to say I've hit a ton of dead ends. Sound even remotely familiar to anyone?

So far I've dug up these ones which don't completely match:

  • Sabriel
  • Throne of Glass
  • Golden Compass
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  • When was your friend a kid, so that we can try to pin down a timeframe? And can you run that guide by your friend and see if she can answer any of those questions?
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    Lloyd Alexander had a series about Westmark. The second book title is The Kestrel.
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This one is a long shot, but maybe Hawkmistress by Marion Zimmer Bradley?

The main protagonist is a girl struggling with the limited traditional role for women in her world. She runs away and works as a bird keeper for sentry birds. She had trained her own hawk before she ran away (this precipitated the crisis).

She does have to deal with menstruation as an issue (in one scene she uses it to delay being forcibly married, so she can run away. In another place it comes up because she has to deal with it while on the trail, disguised as a boy. Not primarily as a "teen problem", as you mentioned).

I don't know if there was an edition with someone in a dark cloak on the cover; the cover I recognize has her with her trained falcon. Cloaks were worn; it is a cold planet. So there might have been such a cover; not sure. Other books in the series probably had people in cloaks on the cover, though I don't remember offhand.

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    Hawkmistress was the first thing that popped into my head when I was reading the original post. If you hadn't suggested it, I would have.
    – Lorendiac
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 23:02

If anyone is still interested here It could be the Path of Fate by Diana Pharaoh Francis. It’s one in a trilogy!

It doesn’t have falcon in the title but there is one on the cover with the girl in the dark green cloak and she has a pet falcon (sorta) in the story.

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  • Is menstruation part of the narrative?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 22:29
  • @FuzzyBoots I'm mostly through the first book of the trilogy. While Reisil starts the story as a tark (healer) neither she nor any patients deal with menstruation. Reading summaries of the other books, it seems unlikely that she'd end up dealing with that particular issue, but I'll read on.
    – eshier
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 14:58

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