The Hatchling (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series #7)

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Ga'Hoole is victorious, but far from the great tree, in the bitter ashes of defeat under a full moon, Nyroc is born. And he will be bred to monstrous evil.

Kludd is dead. Nyra, his mate, is determined that her hatchling, Nyroc, will fulfill his father's destiny: the vicious oppression of all the owl kingdoms. But Nyroc is a poor student of evil. A light grows in his heart, fed by scraps of forbidden legend and strange news of a place where goodness and nobility reign. He must ...

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Ga'Hoole is victorious, but far from the great tree, in the bitter ashes of defeat under a full moon, Nyroc is born. And he will be bred to monstrous evil.

Kludd is dead. Nyra, his mate, is determined that her hatchling, Nyroc, will fulfill his father's destiny: the vicious oppression of all the owl kingdoms. But Nyroc is a poor student of evil. A light grows in his heart, fed by scraps of forbidden legend and strange news of a place where goodness and nobility reign. He must summon all his courage to defy his destiny -- and the embodiment of evil that is his mother.

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SLJ LASKY, Kathryn. The Hatchling. 222p. (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series). map. Scholastic. 2005. pap. $4.99. ISBN 0-439-73950-0. LC number unavailable.
Gr 4-6–The fascistic Pure Ones, a tribe of barn owls who believe that they alone are fit to rule, lost their king, the evil Kludd, during a great battle in The Burning (Scholastic, 2004). In this seventh book in the series, Kludd's sinister widow Nyra continues to plot to conquer all of the owl kingdoms, especially the heroic, egalitarian owls who dwell in the great tree of Ga'Hoole. She raises her hatchling son Nyroc to one day take his father's place and teaches him to believe in the power of hate. But the older he grows, the more he disagrees with his mother's ways, and after he learns the horrible truth about a deadly ceremony the Pure Ones have planned for him, he realizes that he must leave his home and his mother. While Lasky has combined fascinating details of how real owls live with her imaginary civilization, the story lacks any humor that might relieve its dreariness. The Hatchling often lumbers rather than soars.–Walter Minkel, New York Public Library
Children's Literature
Fans of the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series probably have been eagerly awaiting book seven. One is led to believe that the series needs to be read in chronological order to follow the progress of the characters in the series. Even though the book provides a prologue for readers and a list of background character sketches at the end, one is left with unanswered questions on background information when the series has not been read from the beginning. Owl aficionados and readers interested in the genres of fantasy and science fiction will be entertained by the story. In this installment, Kludd is no longer living. Nyra's mission is to try to ensure Nyroc, her hatchling, will accomplish her father's destiny. The conflict arises in Nyroc's heart and mind. Nyroc does not want to fulfill the dark mission of oppressing the owl kingdom and knows there are alternatives. The question at the heart of the adventure is whether Nyroc follows expectations or defies them and takes the risk. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12.
—Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-The fascistic Pure Ones, a tribe of barn owls who believe that they alone are fit to rule, lost their king, the evil Kludd, during a great battle in The Burning (Scholastic, 2004). In this seventh book in the series, Kludd's sinister widow Nyra continues to plot to conquer all of the owl kingdoms, especially the heroic, egalitarian owls who dwell in the great tree of Ga'Hoole. She raises her hatchling son Nyroc to one day take his father's place and teaches him to believe in the power of hate. But the older he grows, the more he disagrees with his mother's ways, and after he learns the horrible truth about a deadly ceremony the Pure Ones have planned for him, he realizes that he must leave his home and his mother. While Lasky has combined fascinating details of how real owls live with her imaginary civilization, the story lacks any humor that might relieve its dreariness. The Hatchling often lumbers rather than soars.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439739504
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/16/2005
  • Series: Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series , #7
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 46,772
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is awesome I can't stop reading.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    The WORST book I EVER read! CAUTION, this is revealing

    I love Kathryn Lasky's books but this one I hated. Now don't just turn the page and not even read this because you love the author.I do too. Don't read this book if you hate heartbreaking and violent death of a beloved character.
    Two young owls, one with a sad past that draws you to him and is a low sooty, one the High Tyto's son, become best friends and embark on a journey to find the real truth of what they've always been told. The High Tyto's son, Nyroc,is told to murder his best friend,the sooty,Phillip, as a sacrifice and he refuses.His mother attacks and badly wounds poor Philip (who by the way is tied to a tree.Totally unfair!}
    At the time I was thinking "Oh this is just to make it dramatic, they'll get out of this and create a new life for themselves." But this didn't happen.Phillip tells Nyroc to fly away and that he{Phillip} is not worth getting killed for.Nyroc's mother rips Phillip's heart out. End of story for Phillip.
    I personally did not enjoy this book. Sad violence is not entertaining to me.I see why the writer killed Phillip, but I don't think it was necessary to do it with so much violence.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    The Hatchling is a good book

    A great book, loved the beginning,had a slow ending though.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Really good book!

    The hatchling is definitly a must-read!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Books r awesome

    I live this series so much. It is awesome. I have read the first ten books really fast becuase they r so good. If i did not have school i would be finished with the series already. Any owl lover or animal lover will love this series. My mom even read it to my brother. She and my brother both liked it. I will recemend this book to as many people as i can cause it is a good book to read. Wether u r a adult or a child u will love this series. :) <3

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Ivystar

    Me want Warriors! ;*)

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Rare Perspective

    This book is from the point of veiw of Nyroc, Nyra's hatchling. People don't usually think about the thoughts of the evil characters which is why this is so unusual. They don't wake up thinking 'what evil things can I do today?' which most people seem to asume. I loved it, but my favorite character died so I didn't give the 5th star. Ugh, why do my favorites always die?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    I love it

    This book should be an awesome part of this series!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    This book was

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    Great Book!

    I hated reading until I started this series.This book was my favorite so far. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Book

    This book is great. It might be short, but the plot really sucks you in. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Looky here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go warriors!!!!!!!!!!i dislike the person who said they hated warriors!!!!!!!
    Gooo leafpool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;) ;)

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Skit123

    This book is my favorite book. I have read seven times going on eight. Read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Love this book!!!!!!(:

    Sad but good book. Still read this book.(: (: (: (:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Ananymous

    Could you make deaths less gory? I mean ripping out phillip's HEART? Seriously?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Meep

    Is there a Clan here?

    -Featherheart

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    The Calm Before the Storm~49

    I know last part was no. 49 but l skipped 48 so this part will also be part 49. Next part at Guardians of Ga'Hoole series #8: The Outcast. This part will be Lauren's pov. ~~~~~ We split up. One group to find Merida and another group to find Kara and Simon.' gods l hate those two!', I kept thinking. I was in a group with Jay, Jack, Kolby, and Amber. It was a small group but we had all the best fighters. Well some of them. We were looking for Kara and Simon and it was going good to. We had been walking for some time now. We would hear strange noises and feel the occational rumble. I kept thinking about the elderly folks and how they went up to help Jonas and Jackel. Man, those folks were brave! We stopped to rest." Do we even know where we are going?", Jack asked. Jay looked around," Maybe......south?" Kolby facepalmed." Hey! I may not be good at tracking but....um. Lets just say they are down this tunnel.", Jay said. I looked in the direction we were heading and suddenly got sleepy. My eyelids felt heavy. I turned toward the other direction and the drowsiness left." Jay, l think your right.", l said." How so?" I thought for a moment. Then l asked Kolby," Simon was a son of Hypnos, right?" Kolby looked sad," Thats the Greek version, but yeah." I nodded," When l turn in this direction, l suddenly get sleepy. So l know now that they went down here and Simon left a sleeping spell or something like that. We just have to walk down this tunnel backwards. That way none of the sleepy stuff gets in our eyes. Simon will slow Kara down because of how much power he is using and he will eventually get so tired he will have to stop and then it will be an easy catch." They all nodded." I like it! And then once we catch them, we beat 'em up!", Jack said, grinning like a madman." No.", Jay answered," I like your plan, Lauren. Lets do it!" We all stood up and started to walk backwards. I was in front so l alert anyone if they would trip over a rock or something. We walked a few more yards, until a strong wave of dizziness hit us. We all fell on our faces. I was laying down for a couple minutes. When l sat up, everyone was crowded around Jay. He was hunched over in pain. I gasped." Whats going on?", l asked." We don't know. After that wave of, whatever that was, hit us, Jay started to have this pain in his head. And now he is like this.", Amber informed me. Jay fell on the ground and mumbled something like," Merida." " Jack, pick him up and carry him. Simon and Kara can't be that far ahead." Jack picked Jay up and carried him over his shoulders. We walked as fast as we could through the tunnel. As we were turning around a cornor, an arrow zoomed right in front of us, forcing us to stop." Kara?", l said. I figured it was her or Jackel. But Jackel was fighting a dragon right now, so l guessed it wasn't him." Yes Lauren. Its me. Prepare to die!" A folly of six arrows shot out of nowhere and implanted themselves all around us. We all drew our weapons. ~~~~~ l hoped you enjoyed this part. SEA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    To SEA

    I like that part but I felt like it took a little too long to post so if you could please hurry up with this part that would be great ~ Jackel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    To SEA

    AWESOME!!!!!!! You are one of the best fanfic writrrs ever!!!!! I LOVE your story!!!!! I can't wait for your next one. Did you get my characters' bios for it?? (Cat and Jonas) horsegiri

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!

    Tupsi means:Tytonic Union of Pure ones Speical Inditation

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