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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

#Book #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for The Capture by Kathryn Lasky @KathrynLasky1 @Scholastic @scholasticCDA

TITLE: The Capture
SERIES: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book #1
AUTHOR: Kathryn Lasky
PUBLISHER: Scholastic, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 2010 (first published 2003)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 222 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780545253062
Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But lurking evil threatens to shatter peace and change the course of his life. Captured for a forbidding canyon orphanage, Soren and his friend Gylfie know that the only way out is up. To escape, they will need to do something they have never done before - fly. With owls Twighlight and Digger, they seek the truth and protect the owl world from unimaginable danger.


I'm reading Erin Hunter's Warriors series aloud to my younger daughter, and this is another animal fantasy series that is often recommended as a "readalike."

The main character in this story is a Barn Owl named Soren. While his parents are out hunting one night, Soren "falls" from the nest and is snatched up by another owl and carried off along with other "abandoned" or "orphaned" owlets to a place called St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls or "St. Aggie's" for short. Here, he meets an Elf Owl named Gylfie and the two become friends. The first order of business at St. Aggie's is to "moon blink" the new recruits, which is a process by which they forget who they are and where they came from. Soren and Gylfie find a way to remain unmoonblinked (if that's such a word), and they witness things going on. They know that they must travel to the legendary Great Ga'Hoole Tree to ask for help and to warn them what is happening at St. Aggie's, and the two friends escape. They make friends along the way with two other solitary owls, Digger and Twilight.

I liked the book, though I don't think it can compare to Hunter's Warriors series! However, if you enjoy animal fantasy stories, you will probably enjoy this one. Soren is a very likeable character, and he will make a great hero as the series goes on.

After we read this book, we have watched the 2010 film adaptation, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. It appears that this film is an overview of the entire series so, unfortunately, we know how the rest of the series will play out but we really enjoyed it. My daughter initially said that she wasn't sure whether she wanted to continue the series but, after watching the movie, she decided that she wanted to read more and we are currently reading the second book in the series, The Journey.


3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it!

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