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

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

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by Kathryn Lasky
     
 

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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

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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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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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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756954482
Publisher:
Scholastic HRDerbacks
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series, #7
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
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 Hatchling (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series #7) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 186 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome I can't stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book, loved the beginning,had a slow ending though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hatchling is definitly a must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It might be short, but the plot really sucks you in. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book. I have read seven times going on eight. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but good book. Still read this book.(: (: (: (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be an awesome part of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.
Sheikra More than 1 year ago
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.
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Free will means defying your parents? Seriously? No matter how evil your parents are, they made you. I don't care if Nyra is basically an Owl Nazi, at least her actions proved that she loves her family and her work, Nyroc should at least appreciate the efforts his mother made just to make sure he becomes High Tyto, I mean, think about all the down she plucked!
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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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Tupsi means:Tytonic Union of Pure ones Speical Inditation
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