The Journey

The Journey

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by Kathryn Lasky
     
 

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In the second book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger travel to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a mythical place where an order of owls rises each night to perform noble deeds. Soren and his group are seeking help to fight the evil they discovered in the owl world (in Guardians #1). After a harrowing journey, they arrive at the Great

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In the second book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger travel to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a mythical place where an order of owls rises each night to perform noble deeds. Soren and his group are seeking help to fight the evil they discovered in the owl world (in Guardians #1). After a harrowing journey, they arrive at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree and learn they will need to stay to receive training from the Ga'Hoolian elders. During his time at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, Soren finds (and then loses) a great mentor and he is reunited with his beloved sister.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
The second book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series picks up where the first book, The Capture (Scholastic, 2003/VOYA December 2003), left off. Having escaped from the horrible St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, Soren and his friend Gylfie team up with Twilight and Digger, two owls also orphaned early in life. All are determined to find the mythical Great Ga'Hoole Tree where they believe they will find a race of warrior owls who will help battle the evil that threatens the owl kingdoms. As they make their way toward the Sea of Hoolemere and their goal, they meet up with Soren's former nurse snake, Mrs. Plithiver, as well as a family of helpful puffins and a Barred Owl of age and wisdom, who with his dying breath warns the young foursome about a force worse than St. Aggie's. They carry this fear within them, even after they locate the Great Ga'Hoole tree, are taken in, and set to various courses of study in the vast school. The rescue of Soren's deeply troubled younger sister caps a book hallmarked by adventure, mystery, and some pretty terrible poetry put forward as owl songs. The world building is excellent, with a few intriguing hints that it might take place on a post-Holocaust Earth, and the characterization is solid. The owls are unique and complex, with conflicting feelings and just the right mix of seriousness and fun. Middle school readers with a taste for animal fantasy and predictable, although interesting plots will appreciate this second installment in the series, and anticipate the third volume that the ending so clearly anticipates. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High,defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Scholastic, 244p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Ann Welton
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In this second book in the series, Soren and his band of owls have escaped the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls and go in search of the mythical Great Ga'Hoole Tree. When they finally arrive at the tree, they find themselves in a Hogwarts-like school where owls are divided into "chaws," or small teams, that focus on particular skills such as navigation or search and rescue. By the end of the book, Soren has learned the fate of his lost sister, discovered that he has some unique powers, and has lost his new mentor, leaving things wide open for the next installment. The story flows nicely and has a certain appeal that carries readers along, despite the sometimes-jarring addition of unnecessary owl poetry. Lasky's fully realized world is full of traditions based on the actual habits of owls, but this is still a world in which owls can read and write. Fantasy readers will enjoy the adventure, but the book will appeal mainly to fans of the first volume in the series.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780007215188
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Journey (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 300 reviews.
nook23AD More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a pretty good book. I read the first one and I had to continue. This book is when Soren, Gylfie, Twilight and Digger journey to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree (the journey there is quite remarkable). They also get picked for certain chaws at the Tree, and at the end of the book Eglantine gets found and Ezlyrb goes missing. The third book, "The Rescue", is supposed to be about finding Ezlyrb and rescuing him.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This is a really fun series. So far, I have been very impressed. It is original, unique, and completely different from anything else out there right now. I can see why it is a best selling series. The Journey did not have as much action or bloodshed as book #1, The Capture, but it did not take away from the story at all. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue going on as the owls try to piece together bits of information. They spend some time traveling, and learn some valuable things along the way. Then they reach the Great Ga'Hoole Tree and are welcomed with open wings. The four owls fit into life there easily as they learn more about how to be honest, courageous, and brave. There was something very Harry Potter-esque about that part of the book (and I mean that in a good way). Lasky has a knack for coming up with entertaining words and names for things that would matter to an owl. Who knew there was so much involved in flying? We finally learn what the mysterious "flecks" are from the first book, and we discover the fate of Soren's younger sister, Eglantine. There are new owls to love and new ones to be irritated with. Not many new enemies are made in this book, but plenty of owls loaded with character come into the picture. The Cover: I love the cover. It shows this book for exactly what it is, an adventure told from the viewpoint of an owl. The illustrated cover also lends itself to appealing to young readers. I was happy to see Soren on the cover this time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can read this book over and over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH wait didI say can? I mean I do read this book over and over again. I just love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWSOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bluewolf777 More than 1 year ago
After 'Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture', I felt in anticipation this book may be disappointing. My anxiety on this subject died away when I began reading 'The Journey'. One of the best things about the book was the characters. They were much the same as I had left them in the first book, and then the characters of the owls began to grow. Not only were they distinctive by their personalities, but Kathryn Lasky let the difference in the characters clash humorously. I laughed while reading. Disappointingly, I could not find a lesson embedded within. All in all, it was an enjoyable book with near equal ups and downs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so happy Soren found his sister Elegantine. Keep reading the whole series! I am on the third book and I love the books I've read. Know I want to read all the books the author has wrote!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, great series!! =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got done reading the first book and it's incredible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sounds facinating. Intracite and delightful. Little owl, big words
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stars plus 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000009999999999999999999999999999999 stars loved every part of it but my preferd auther is Rick Rioridan best auther alive next Suzane Collins last Every body loves the diary of the kid series Jeff Kinney
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!!!!!!
Jody Schorr More than 1 year ago
best seires ever!if you like this READ WARRIORS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!do you?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yep, this is a 5 star book I recommend to read. Once you pick up the book, you can not put it down until you have read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so great I read the first one and when I finished i bought the seccond one and read it in 2 days. I can wait for the third one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gur it gliched today and it will open but the pages are blank HELP : (
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I disagree with anyone who doesn't like this book. The movie is horrible, though. The book is awesome. I wouldn't recomennd the next few books if you disliked the discription of what happened to Grimble in THE CAPTURE. There will be more fightig.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to youtube and look up take to the sky it is all about the book series and the song is on the dvd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! Saving Ezlryb, and figuring out that Kludd was Metal Beak. I always thought that Kludd was the bad guy, but to have actual proof that he was... woah! I can't wait to read "The Siege". I bet that it will be even better than "The Journey". Well, so long for now. I'll be getting back to you after I read "The Siege". Bye! -Allison age 11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am ten and I love these books,but my mom saw they were for young adults.She is most likely right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for those who love adventure books. I found this series so addictive. I can't stop reading this! Best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book These are the best books ever made for me I wish I become a writer like Kathryn Lasky one day
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago