The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series #1)

The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series #1)

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by Kathryn Lasky
     
 

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Ga'Hoole is a classic hero mythology about the fight between good and evil. This new version of The Capture will feature art from the movie, due out in September 2010! After Soren, a young owlet, is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he's plucked from the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school, the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls.

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Ga'Hoole is a classic hero mythology about the fight between good and evil. This new version of The Capture will feature art from the movie, due out in September 2010! After Soren, a young owlet, is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he's plucked from the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school, the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. When Soren arrives at St. Aggie's, he suspects there is more to the school than meets the eye. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that St. Aggie's is actually a training camp where the school's leader can groom young owls to help achieve her goal--to rule the entire owl kingdom.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Author Kathryn Lasky lays the groundwork for an owlish tale of good versus evil in this first adventurous installment of Guardians of Ga'Hoole.

After little Soren, a barn owl, finds himself pushed out of Mum and Da's nest, he's captured by two ruthless hench-birds and taken to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Now a mere owl slave to rulers seeking domination over all owl kingdoms, Soren is given a number and finds himself working in the Pelletorium, where brainwashed ("moon blinked") owls sort through stones for "flecks." Fortunately, Soren has an elf owl friend to help him get by, and the two begin clandestine flying lessons in the lair's library. Luckily, they narrowly escape a bloody battle, and with help from two more owl pals, Soren and Gylfie realize their mission to find the Great Tree of Ga'Hoole, warn its guardians of St. Aggie's plans, and "become part of this ancient kingdom of knights on silent wings that rose in the blackness to perform deeds of greatness."

With all the right elements -- a hero that's destined for greatness and the struggle between light and darkness -- Lasky's Guardians debut is a high-flying hoot. Soren's tale is suspenseful and riveting, and by the book's end, readers will even be impressed with how much they've learned about owls. Reminiscent of Brian Jacques's Redwall and Robin Jarvis's Deptford Mice, The Capture is bound to catch fantasy fans in its talons. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
Lasky's (The Man Who Made Time Travel) Guardians of Ga'Hoole series opens with this unevenly paced tale centering on Soren, an owlet whose nasty older brother pushes him out of the family nest. A large owl snatches Soren up and carries him to a deep, dark canyon, the location of the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Its nefarious nature is apparent from the start: Soren and other new arrivals are given numbers to replace their names, they are forbidden to ask questions and are required to sleep with their beaks "tipped to the moon" and to walk, herd-like, during the night when a full moon is shining. This "sleep march" leaves the young owls "moon blinked," after which, in the words of Soren's friend Gylfie, "You no longer know what is for sure and what is not. What is truth and what are lies." Soren and Gylfie discover a means of resisting the sleep marches and vow to escape the canyon by learning to fly, a feat they accomplish with the help of a sympathetic elder owl. Though much of the narrative is encumbered by excessive detail about the rituals of the repressive regime, the story moves at a quick clip once Soren and Gylfie find freedom and embark on a quest with two other orphaned owls. The likable characters may well entice fantasy fans to accompany them as they fly on to The Journey, due in September. Ages 8-12. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is the first book in the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series. Soren has a happy home with his parents and siblings. He dreams of flying, of the various ceremonies that he will experience as he grows. Then, suddenly, all of these things that are so dear to him are snatched away, or rather he is snatched away from them. The little barn owlet finds himself in a place of nightmare, a place full of baby owls like himself who have numbers instead of names. Luckily, Soren soon finds himself a friend, a small elf owl called Gylfie. Together these two youngsters develop the skills it takes to survive their captivity and yet keep their individuality and their will to be free. Kathryn Lasky has created a remarkable owl world full of legends, owl words and owl dreams. It is as real and as warm to the reader as any human world could be. With her usual skill, Lasky pulls us into a story where the characters find out more about themselves and each other than they thought was possible. Guided by fear, hope, and loss, the little owls work towards finding answers and gaining their freedom. They endear themselves to us very quickly. We fear for their safety and feel the horror of the place that they find themselves in. When they make their first flight we are there with them, led there by the skill of this consummate storyteller. Book Two, The Journey, will continue the story of Soren and Gylfie and their quest. 2003, Scholastic Inc,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
KLIATT
First in a budding series, The Capture introduces Soren, a young barn owl who, shortly after hatching, finds himself being pushed out of the safety of his family's nest by his mean older brother. Alone in the world and unable to fly, Soren is snatched up by a group of mysterious owls and carried off to St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. While it fronts as a home for unfortunate owls, St. Aggie's is actually a brainwashing and training facility to raise an army. While there, Soren meets an elf owl named Gylfie and together they endeavor to survive and avoid being "moon blinked" (brainwashed). They must try to solve the mystery of St. Aggie's and find a way to escape at the same time. Both owls learn that the strength they need lies in themselves and that sometimes friendship is a powerful weapon. Lasky uses her interest in owls to expose the reader to this interesting world, employing a combination of scientific and creative vocabulary to educate readers. A sometimes-dark story, this book begins what could be an epic adventure and leaves the reader wondering what will happen next. Fans of animal fantasy will appreciate this, especially those who enjoy the Redwall series. The Capture would be a good language arts complement to the study of owls in a science unit. (Book One, Guardians of Ga'Hoole). KLIATT Codes: J; Recommended for junior high school students. 2003, Scholastic, 220p.,
— Erin Lukens Darr
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-At the beginning of this new series, a young Barn Owl named Soren lives peacefully with his family, participating in rituals like the First Meat ceremony, and enjoying legends about the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, knightly owls "who would rise each night into the blackness and perform noble deeds." After he falls from his nest, his idyllic world transforms into one of confusion and danger, as he is captured by evil chick-snatching owls and taken to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Soren and his new friend Gylfie work to develop strategies for withstanding "moon blinking" (brainwashing), while secretly striving to learn how to fly. The legends of Ga'Hoole help them to survive, and they are able to escape to find their families and warn the world about the dangers of St. Aegolius. While the owls have human characteristics, such as Soren's determination and Gylfie's creative ideas, their actions and culture reflect Lasky's research into owl behaviors and species. The story's fast pace, menacing bad guys, and flashes of humor make this a good choice for reluctant readers, while the underlying message about the power of legends provides a unifying element and gives strong appeal for fantasy fans.-Beth L. Meister, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Flushing, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

Voice of Youth Advocates
(December 1, 2003; 0-439-40557-2)

Soren, a sweet little barn owl who is not quite ready to fly, is booted out of his nest by his evil older brother, Kludd, while his parents are out hunting. Left on the ground to either hide or be eaten, Soren is swept up by an alarmingly large great horned owl and carried off to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. At the Academy, his name is replaced with a number, he is told to ask no questions, and put to work as a picker, pulling apart owl pellets to look for mysterious flecks. Kept alert by his questioning mind and the steadfast friendship of Gylfie, a likewise kidnapped elf owl, Soren sets out to solve the riddle posed by St. Aggie's and ultimately to escape and help save his owl world from the domination of those running the orphanage. Characterization is merely adequate, but the setting is well realized with enough background to give the owl world depth and history. The plotting, although predictable, is swift and involving, making this first installment in a projected series a compelling read. It will appeal to readers of animal fantasies such as the Redwall series or Avi's Poppy (Orchard, 1995/VOYA June 1996).-Ann Welton.

School Library Journal
(October 1, 2003; 0-439-40557-2)

Gr 4-8-At the beginning of this new series, a young Barn Owl named Soren lives peacefully with his family, participating in rituals like the First Meat ceremony, and enjoying legends about the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, knightly owls "who would rise each night into the blackness and perform noble deeds." After he falls from his nest, his idyllic world transforms into one of confusion and danger, as he is captured by evil chick-snatching owls and taken to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Soren and his new friend Gylfie work to develop strategies for withstanding "moon blinking" (brainwashing), while secretly striving to learn how to fly. The legends of Ga'Hoole help them to survive, and they are able to escape to find their families and warn the world about the dangers of St. Aegolius. While the owls have human characteristics, such as Soren's determination and Gylfie's creative ideas, their actions and culture reflect Lasky's research into owl behaviors and species. The story's fast pace, menacing bad guys, and flashes of humor make this a good choice for reluctant readers, while the underlying message about the power of legends provides a unifying element and gives strong appeal for fantasy fans.-Beth L. Meister, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Flushing, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Booklist
(September 15, 2003; 0-439-40557-2)

Gr. 5-8. Soren, a barn owl still weeks away from fledging, is knocked from his otherwise loving family's nest by his nasty older brother. He is swooped up from the forest floor by a pair of nefarious owls who hold him--along with many other owlets of diverse species--captive in a kind of owl social reformatory. Lasky portrays an owl world that has more in common with George Orwell than with Brianacques, offering readers big questions about human social psychology and politics along with real owl science. Broad themes related to the nature of personal choice, the need for fellowship based on love and trust, and sharing knowledge with one's peers are presented compellingly and with swift grafting to the animal adventure story. Developmentally linked celebrations (such as First Fur and First Meat ), methods devised for brain-washing (including the regimental marching of sleepy owls by moonlight), and the diverse landscapes in which owls makes their homes come to life here as Soren rebels against his captors, makes a friend, and executes the first stage of his planned liberation and family reconciliation. Readers will look forward to upcoming installments. --Francisca Goldsmith Copyright 2003 Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545283328
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series , #1
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
99,913
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A TIME FOR COURAGE and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA.

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The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 727 reviews.
TheLastBronzeDragon More than 1 year ago
The story line was awsome. With turns at every corner. It was thrilling awsome and puzzling at the same time. I loved it. Overall it was one of the best storylines I have read.
RoBarb More than 1 year ago
Great series of books! Although mostly written for teens, both my wife and I found them very captivating. Easy reading and good stories of good vs evil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how soren is so curious and never giving up kind of owl and I fell in love with the movie the first time that I watched it.
mccorp More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a great start to the world of owls. I'm sure tons of people will enjoy this series as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It is betterr than the movie version which is nothing at all like the books. For anyone who has seen the movie but not read the books, than i urge you to read the books. You will be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books were pretty good. I loved reading about owls, but the books feel a little rushed and theres not much detales in the fighting seens. The warrior seires i think are better, but its still fun reading this seires. I would say a ten year old could probily read these books with having bad dreams or anything. Whats funny, is that i find my self using the word "gizzard". I would recimend reading this seires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best series ever and I highly rcommend it. The story is heartbreaking and thrilling. There are cliff-hangers between books thatv justmakes you want to read more! READ THESE BOOKS!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Lasky has created a whole new world! Very good book! Espacially if you LOVE owls! Recomend it for ages 9 and up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great and thrilling book. I loved it! Put me on the edge of my seat. Now, I am reading guardians off ga hoole books like crazy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read the entire series and try and look for things you would like in a book. Please don't just take my opinon for this take everybody's opinon. Just have fun with the books. Mabey ages 8+ or high reading levels. 5 stars -Owls101forever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Lasky is a great writer, along with Rowling, Tolkien, and Erin Hunter. She is very unique for using owls. I would have never thought about writing a fantasy about owls. I love her series. If you like Owls of Ga'hoole, you'd like Wolves of the Beyond. I enjoyed both series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like owls and adventure. Should I buy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soren a young barn owl falls from his nest and is taken to a place far far away from his tree. He meets Gylfie and together they plan to escape. Soon a thought haunts Soren he had just fallen from a tree or had he? I loved this amazing story read it you will see
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet could no put it down for a minute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow in parts like the begining, so I would not recomend this book for young children under the age of nine. But overall, this book is realy great, so I personally recomend this story for pople who love adventure, mystery, scandal, and most importantly, OWL'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i love owls this is a awesome book i give this A MILLION STARS just like all the other books in the ga hoole series !!!!!!!!!!!!
orangecrush More than 1 year ago
Book Review The book The Capture from the Owls Of Ga'hoole sires is a pretty good book. It is the first of 15 but there are also 2 other books so it's kind of like 17. All of the books are short(little over 200 pages). The books are a little more in detail (with the blood and stuff) than the movie. That's because we all know how important the pg. rating is. The Capture is a lot of like the first half of the movie(the whole movie is the first 3 books) it is the same all the way until a short time after they escape. Those of you who liked twilight's little guitar thing so sorry he dose not have it through the whole thing. Like this one all the books are very in depth and you may not want to put them down. The author wrote all of the books in 3rd person. i loved these book and I loved the seris so get reading :). -seth p.s. the moon blinking is so much different and you will never guess who metal beak is in the books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are great. I wasnt sure if they would be some kind of weird fantasy thing, but they vturned out to be totally awesome! I think fans of the Lion King would like these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jst finished reading it and i loved it!! ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome plz read it it is also related to wolfs of the beond:) so plz read it about a wolf named Faolan:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firestar!!!!!!!!!! I love the warriors books. Oh and this was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was terrible absolutly remarkable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a childrens' masterpeice that is sure to grasp the attention of the most reluctant readers. I, at the age of 12, have read this series over and over again and the plot never gets old! I would strongly reccomend this book/series to anyone over the age of 8 with a taste for fantasy and adventure! SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! -Massefras!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book would be good for you. I am 12 and i love the series. :) I don't think it is too kid-ish at all. It is much different from the movie. =) Hope this helps!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big owl fan so I read this book ad I really liked it. I would definitly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure books. You also learn facts about the different kinds of owls that come into the story. It tells how big each owl is and their colors.