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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Student Review: The Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture (Lasky)

Title: Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy
Pages: 219
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Once upon a time, 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. Or at least that’s what the most famous owl legend says!

Soren is a young barn owl living happily in the kingdom of Tyto, until he falls out of his nest. Unfortunately, his nest up in a tree and Soren can’t fly. After trying to get help, Soren is snatched by a mysterious owl and brought to a faraway canyon called the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. There he meets Gylfie, a highly intelligent elf owl. Together, they try and penetrate the purpose of St. Aegolius. When they uncover some alarming facts, Soren and Gylfie know they must escape and find the Island of the Great Ga’Hoole Tree, to save all owl kind.

Throughout this enthralling book, I discovered a theme that was very important to me. It was to believe in yourself. Every time an owl talked about flying, or overcoming a challenge, they always said that you had to believe you could do it.

I loved this book! It drew me in from the beginning, and kept me there until the end. It also had many twists and events I never saw coming. This is the perfect book for any adventure reader or fantasy enthusiast! Although it’s not the best book I’ve ever read, I still enjoyed it immensely.

Gylfie and Soren believe in the Ga’Hoolian legend. Do you?
--Samantha, 8th grade
Thank you Samantha!  Did you see the recent movie based on The Guardians of Ga'Hoole?  I have not, but am interested to hear from anyone who has (see yesterday's post about movies based on books)...

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