Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy/Animal Story

Release Date: 2003

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About the Book: Soren is a young barn owl who has grown up hearing legends of knightly owls from Ga'Hoole. When Soren falls (or is he pushed?) from his nest and ends up being captured by a school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. But St. Aggie's isn't as good as it seems and Soren and his new friend Gylfie must discover a way to escape and find out if the legends of the guardians are true.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm not a big fan of animal fantasy, but Guardians of Ga'Hoole is a series that I could really get into and enjoy. Kathryn Lasky's writing makes the owls so believable and Soren is a reluctant hero that you want to cheer for.

This is the first book in the series, so while it has a story on it's own, it's also setting up the rest of the series and Soren's journey. All the characters are well written and fun to read about and I really liked the owl mythology.

Sensitive readers should also be warned that this isn't a nice little story about animals-there are mean characters and some casualties. But the story is engaging and entertaining and fans of animal fantasy are sure to find a series to get hooked on.

Book Pairings: The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins, Warriors Series by Erin Hunter

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook CD from library


  1. I love animal fantasy! And if you don't like it that much and enjoyed this, it must be awesome! Yay!

  2. My 11-year old daughter LOVES this series. She is a big fan, for sure. She cannot wait for the opening of the movie which I believe happens next week.

    She is also a HUGE fan of the Cat Warrior series by Erin Hunter. LOVES THEM! I think she owns all the books in that series, even the guides.

    I have not read either series because I am not a huge fan of animal fantasy stuff, but I did read The Sight by David Clement-Davies. That was a very good wolf fantasy read. It is one of my 15-year old's favorite books. She was 13 years old when she first read the book.

  3. You know, I've never been a big fan of animal fantasy either. I noticed they are making this into a movie (I think). I keep seeing previews for a new movie coming out with owls, and guardians. I can't remember if they named it after the book specifically...but it looks interesting. I love shape-shifter novels, and this isn't too far away from those, so I can see myself reading this.

  4. i read the first 10 or so books in this series to my daughter a few years back. we both enjoyed it a lot. We're looking forward to the movie,


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