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The Capture (Book 1 of Guardians of Ga'Hoole)

The Capture (Book 1 of Guardians of Ga'Hoole) by Kathryn Lasky

What was your childhood book series? I have many: Harry Potter, the Inheritance Cycle, and Cirque du Freak.

Guardians of Ga'Hoole is one I started but didn't get to read all of it because my brother stole the books. (He was obsessed with the series.) I'm slowly collecting Kathryn Lasky's owl series again. And as I read through them, I'm shocked by how deliciously disturbing the "bad guys" are in this series.

This imaginative tale presents a classic kids-against-the-world narrative with a unique twist—featuring a cast of owl characters who, initially young and innocent, swiftly mature when confronted by malevolent owls exploiting their vulnerability. The story unfolds into an epic adventure spanning 14 books, making it an engaging bridge between first readers and young-adult fiction in terms of both reading difficulty and plot complexity.

Positioned as an ideal read for older grade school students and tweens, it strikes a balance for younger children when read aloud. While the narrative delves into serious themes such as good versus evil, overcoming fear, loyalty, and death, the exploration is handled with a minimalistic approach, ensuring that young readers are not unduly disturbed. The inclusion of subtle religious symbolism adds a touch of grandeur without prompting extensive discussions unless guided by an adult.

A delightful blend of entertainment and education, this book series offers a captivating journey for readers of various ages.


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