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Lasky, Kathryn.
New York : Scholastic, Inc., 2003
IL 3-6, RL 4.4
ISBN 0439405572

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Evil forces are terrorizing the owl kingdom.  Eggs are being stolen; fledglings are being kidnapped and delivered to an orphanage where they are being brainwashed into mindless drones.  Soren, a three-week-old barn owl, is snatched but finds an ally in Gylfie, an equally young elf owl.  Together they manage to resist brainwashing and attempt to find explanations as they plot their escape.  They overcome gruesome obstacles, meet assorted villains and heroes, and uncover a horrifying plot involving total domination of their world.  Read the book to find out if they escape and what they do to counteract the diabolical plans of St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. [from review by Kathleen McBroom, Library Media Connection, January 2004]  (Leigh Ann Bryant and Susannah Bryant,  South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

Booktalk #2

“Once upon a very long time ago, in the time of Glaux, there was an order of knightly owls, from a kingdom called Ga’Hoole, who would rise each night into the blackness and perform noble deeds…..”

It’s evening, and you’re a young nestling owl, listening to the sounds of the forest around you and dreaming of the tales your father tells you, while you wait for your parents to return from their nightly hunt.  All at once, you feel yourself falling from your nest--- or were you PUSHED???  When rescue comes, it arrives in the form of two strange owls who whisk you miles away to a place you’ve never seen or heard of—the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls.  But you’re NOT an orphan!  You want to go home! You want to be with your family and the rest of your clan! Read this first book in the series The Guardians of Ga’Hoole, and join Soren the owlet in a tale of betrayal, kidnapping, brainwashing, friendship, bravery, escape, and non-stop adventure---you’ll want to read them all!  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)

Booktalk #3

If you like to read a book about magic, betrayal, mystery, and owls, “the Capture” written by Kathryn Lasky is the right book for you. Ever since Soren was little his dad told him about the legends of the Guardians of Ga’hoole. The noble owls who rise in the night and protect the weak and the broken and vanquish evil. One day Soren fell out of his nest in the Tyto forest and is taken to a school for orphaned and abandoned owls with his new friend Gylfie. But what is the school really for, Learning to be better owls, or something worse? And what will happen to them? Will they get home to their parents or die trying? Find out by reading “the capture”.  (Adriana,, k-12 student)

SUBJECTS:     Owls -- Fiction.
                        Good and evil -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.


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