The First Collier (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series #9) [NOOK Book]

Overview

The fantastic prequel trilogy to the bestselling series GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE begins!

It is a time of Legends and a time of chaos. Warlords vie for power and marauding outlaws roam the land. Good King Hrath and his queen, Siv, noble Spotted Owls struggle to keep peace in their kingdom. Grank, noble Spotted Owl, friend and supporter of King Hrath, has exiled himself to Beyond the Beyond, where he has developed his firesight and learns how to ...
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The First Collier (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series #9)

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Overview

The fantastic prequel trilogy to the bestselling series GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE begins!

It is a time of Legends and a time of chaos. Warlords vie for power and marauding outlaws roam the land. Good King Hrath and his queen, Siv, noble Spotted Owls struggle to keep peace in their kingdom. Grank, noble Spotted Owl, friend and supporter of King Hrath, has exiled himself to Beyond the Beyond, where he has developed his firesight and learns how to work with embers, fire and how to forge metals. He is the First Collier. Deep in a volcano in the farthest reaches of Beyond the Beyond, he discovers a magical Ember but fears its awful powers will be misused and hides it again. (continued)
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With The First Collier, Newbery Honor winner Kathryn Lasky launches the prequel trilogy to her acclaimed Guardians of Ga'Hoole epic. In the deeply shrouded time of Legends, Good King and his queen Siv struggle against chaos and upheaval in their kingdom. Grank, another noble Spotted Owl, has exiled himself to Beyond the Beyond to perfect his firesight and his crafts, but a terrible crisis brings his peaceful sabbatical to a sudden stop. Mythic characters; riveting action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545283403
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series , #9
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 62,489
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 592 KB

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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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Kathy Lasky

Is there any information you can share about the upcoming movie deal with Warner Brothers? Can you share your feelings about being asked to write the screenplay?

KL: Donald De Line and his Warner Bros based company will be producing my children's fantasy series Guardian of Ga'Hoole as a CGI (Computer Generated Images) animated film. I will be working directly with him on the screenplay, as well as with Warner Bros. Animation president Sander Schwartz who will supervise and Lionel Wigram the Warner Bros production executive overseeing the project for the studio. I am shocked, simply amazed that they asked me to write the screenplay. But I think this is a very good sign. They obviously want to keep the movie very close to the spirit of the books. So this pleases me to no end.

Are there any particular authors/books that inspired you to become a writer?

KL: I have always read a lot and read widely. I would be very difficult to pin point any particular book . I read in so many genres. For example I love the way Larry McMurtry writes about the west. One of my all time favorite books was Lonesome Dove. And I love the way Jane Austen writes about families and society and manners. Even though she wrote almost two hundred years ago I think that what she said then can apply to now in so many ways. She was a real student of human character. And I love mystery writers like Anne Perry and Elizabeth George. When I was younger I loved stories about Africa and I have always loved Mark Twain. In truth there are just so many I don't know where to begin or where to stop.

What advice do you give to aspiring writers?

KL: My advice to aspiring writers is to read! Read! Read! Read everything--fiction, non-fiction. Read science. Read poetry. Read history. Read social science. Just keep reading.

Do you have a particular writing philosophy that you follow?

KL: Philosophy -- my goodness. It makes it sound as if I really have thought all this stuff out and every time I start a book it's as if I have never done it before and I wonder if I can indeed pull it off again. I guess if I have any philosophy it is that I try to be honest in my writing which means being faithful to the characters as I have imagined them and faithful to the world that I have created to place them in. I hate preachy writing. So I shy away from presenting moral absolutes, or perhaps I should say moral conclusions. I have always felt that it is more exciting and more responsible to raise questions than to answer them. I want to allow readers space to think independently and come to their own conclusions.

Did you ever take writing courses?

KL: In college, I took something called an expository writing course. I'm not sure what that really means "expository." But it had more to do with critical writing and not writing fiction.

How can kids relate Guardians of Ga'Hoole to their own lives?

KL: Well, again I hate to tell people how to read my books or even how to relate to them. My son once said something very interesting that to me was inspiration for writing The Guradians of Ga'Hoole. I asked him why he loved fantasy so much and he said the following: America has become obsessed with its children, and not necessarily in a positive way. We have become obsessed with protecting our children from images and concepts that may warp them in their fragile developmental state. In protecting our children, we have done them a grievous harm. We have prolonged adolescence to such a point that no one is sure where it ends. American youth do not have, in any significant form, a rite-of-passage, and little in the way of guidance into the adult world. American adolescence is a hallway filled with locked doors. There is a huge list of things that can't be done, but nowhere is there a list of things that can. Adulthood is seen as the removal of restrictions rather than the shouldering of responsibility.

That was why he loved reading fantasy because he saw young protagonists in books shouldering responsibilities, dreaming huge dreams and taking on huge tasks. I love that. So in many ways the characters like Soren and Gylfie and the rest of the band are doing just that. So maybe when kids read my books they will dream bigger, imagine larger things that they can do and find hallways filled with a few doors that are at least half way open.

What kind of feedback have you gotten about Guardians of Ga'Hoole from kids, teachers, parents? Do you ever get ideas for plots or characters from your fans?

KL: I have received a tremendous response, an overwhelming response from kids, teachers and parents. And it does inspire me. But so far I have had to come up with my own plots and characters. But I am always open to suggestions.

How do you research your books? KL: Oh yikes! Where to begin? I have fat notebooks now filled with all my research and it is unending. I never seem to stop. I usually begin in libraries. I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts so I have access to some of the finest libraries in the world -- Harvard, MIT. I do some research on the Internet but am very cautious of the information I get there, as it can be faulty. I spent hours upon hours researching and trying to understand the physics of flight, feather construction, etc. A friend of mine who is a physicist has been most helpful in all the flecks stuff, or what I sometimes call in the books "higher magnetics". He was the one that told me about mu metal and how a magnetic field can be blocked by mu metal. But I love the research. It is never a chore for me.

Did you always want to be a writer? KL: Yes, I think so.

Can you tell us a bit about your writing routine?

KL: There's not much to it. Since my children left home for college I have lots of time. So basically I go to work right away in the morning around 8:30 and work until lunch and often eat at my desk. Then I work until dinner, but I do try to take a break at least three or four times a week to do some serious exercise because if I don't all my joints just sort of freeze up. Sometimes when I really have a lot of work I'll get up at 4:00 in the morning and work for three hours or so and then go back to bed for a couple of sleep. I rarely, if ever, work after dinner. My brain just doesn't function that well in the evening.

What do you like best about writing books for young people?

KL: I feel that those years between say the ages ten and fifteen are really the most intense ones in a person's life. I always remember my mother saying to me: "Kathryn, people are going to tell you that these are the best years of your life. But they aren't. Things get much better." Kids are vulnerable, powerless, and yet this is when they are beginning to have emergent voices. There is an irony to that that from an author's point of view is very engaging. If I may use a sea analogy here: In the oceans of the world, the richest areas are where two currents graze each other. This is where you see the most fish and seabirds. For example in my neck of the woods -- well, sort of -- out on George's Banks and the Grand Banks, the once great cod fishing areas and sword fishing territory before we started fishing it all out, this region is where the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current brush by one another. It is just enormously rich in nutrients. To me, adolescence is like one of these zones. There is an enormous amount of richness there -- both emotional and psychic, but there is also a lot of pain. Border areas are never easy ones to occupy but they offer up great stories. So that's why I like writing for young people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    So cool

    I love it.This is the best in the series.BY FAR!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The Guardians are Good Guys

    A great series of stories with interesting characters and unique story line. The chapters are short and hold your attention. The " Guardian " books are hard to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great for Pre Teens

    My daughter is trying to read the whole series, loves the books. We got them after she saw the movie and like it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    I am going to love this seiries.

    I hope everybody else would like this seiries?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    awsome

    it isn't my favorite book in the series but it is still an outstanding book i'm glad i have more books to read in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Another Fantastic Book!!!

    This book is told from Grank's perspective on how things came to pass in Ga'Hoole.It is very well written,very entertaining,and the end leaves you hanging so you can't wait for the next book.I'm a 38 year old dad and I love fantasy books as well as other styles.This book,in my opinion,is a quick entertaining ride!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Amazing!

    Love it!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Hello

    Best book ever!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Hi

    ANYINE GOT TWITTER??

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    The

    Story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Freaky ,super freaky.(just the front if it)(;

    The legends are really weird thats why i dont read the legands but i do if i have to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (: );

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Waspkit to Clan members

    Hi! I am a new member and i hope to make friends with the other kits!!! =]

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    I thought that it was really good!

    This is a really good book! You jusr have to read it! This book is fantastic!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Great book!

    This is awesome for increasing vocabulary! And Skyrim rules!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Really,really good book.

    It is sad that Ezylryb dies, but, he gives Coryn and The Band a mission to read the special legends in the secret place in his hollow. When they finish reading, Coryn realizes something horrible about his mom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Great book

    Whats with all the random posts?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    To any fms

    Fm me. do watevr u want 2 me. Just do it. As a human or a cat or both...it doesnt matter. Just do it. And put in LOTS AND LOTS of detail. Ull hav fun doin it 2 me...~Diamondpelt~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Maclavas

    Hunted caribou. Cought one and ate it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    Still havent read it

    Still on the 8th one just coudnt stop myself it looks so good!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    awsome

    i cant belive that nyra is a hagsfiend. and does siv die. i can wait to read the next. ( i hpoe they talk about sorens eggs )

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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