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To prove his goodness, young Nyroc will renounce his name, his mother, and his inheritance to seek the holiest of relics from The Beyond the Beyond.

Nyroc has exiled himself from the Pure Ones. He flies alone, feared and despised by those who know him as Kludd's son, hunted by those whose despotism he has rejected, and haunted by ghostly creatures conjured by Nyra to lure him back to the Pure Ones. He yearns for a place he only half believes in -- the great tree -- and an uncle...

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Overview


To prove his goodness, young Nyroc will renounce his name, his mother, and his inheritance to seek the holiest of relics from The Beyond the Beyond.

Nyroc has exiled himself from the Pure Ones. He flies alone, feared and despised by those who know him as Kludd's son, hunted by those whose despotism he has rejected, and haunted by ghostly creatures conjured by Nyra to lure him back to the Pure Ones. He yearns for a place he only half believes in -- the great tree -- and an uncle -- the near-mythic Soren -- who might be a true father to him. Yet he cannot approach the tree while the rumor of evil clings to him. To prove his worth, Nyroc will fly to The Beyond the Beyond seeking the legendary Relic and bring it, a talisman of his own

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Nyroc flies alone. Haunted by his past, hunted by the Pure Ones, this solitary owl yearns to find a home in the great tree, but as the despised son of Kludd and Nyra, he cannot. To free himself from this veil of suspicion, he must prove his worth by pursuing a dangerous mission in the Beyond the Beyond.
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Nyroc is a young, spotted owl born of two vicious and evil parents. His father has been killed, but Nyroc's mother, Nyra, still lives. She is ashamed of Nyroc and is angry that her son does not follow her wicked ways. Nyra attacked her own son and brandished him with a hideous scar that eerily resembles her own. Now Nyroc is an outcast. He has no family and he bears the mark of his mother who is an enemy to all. Nyroc must travel alone in a world that is strange and new to him. He is trying to reach the land of the great tree where he can attempt to clear his name. Instead, he reaches the Beyond the Beyond where he encounters a variety of enchanted animals that predict his special destiny. With a cautious sense of trepidation, Nyroc vigilantly sets out to find his own fate. Will he redeem his name and become the new king? Or will Nyroc's mother succeed in completely destroying her own son so that she can rule an evil empire? This is a dark fantasy story with elements of adventure and intrigue. It is exciting and well written. It is Book Eight in the "Guardian's of Ga'Hoole" series. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 10 up.
—Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439739511
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series , #8
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 106,020
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.55 (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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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 July 7, 2011

    Jaimie wellhauser 11

    I highly recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a stay up all night and read book this a wonder full book and i hope that kathren laskey keeps wrighting these wonderful heart stoping clif hanging emotionaly amazed books keep it up kathren laskey i am a huge fan

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    nina galasso 9 the best of the best of the series

    first, a huge fan of katheryn lasky.i love the series.the books have become part of my life.the characters have stuck to me like glue.sometimes i dont understand why people dont read these book ive only met 1 person(and of course her family)who read these book.i would recommend these books for kids ages 10 and up.i dont know if i would recommend this for other adults.I agree with jaimie wellhauser...it is a stay up all night book.love it. a must read book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    A Great Book

    This book is good if you like adventure stories. A little bit sad though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!

    I love all of katheryn lasky's books so much.i bought the books before i got the nook and loved em. Im telling you u got to get katheryn's books( wolves of the beyond1,2,3; legends of the guardians)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

    Cool

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Get a pink ipad

    Kiss your hand three times and post this review on three different book then check under your pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    LOVE GAURDIANS OF GAHOOLE SEIRIES

    I love owls and wolves! This book has both! :D :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    King of the tree

    It was so obviose that Coryn was going to find the ember of hoole. I could have guessed. Everyone knew that coryn was going to find the ember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    There is more

    There is another series by kathryn lansky too. It is called the wolves of the beyond d a

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    To: Omg! By: R.

    Sorry to burst your bubble but no, Soren and Gylfie do not get together. Although Soren does meet someone in the later books! But i will not spoil it for you by blurting it all out! Hope this helped and have fun reading the rest! (My favorite is book 10) Signed, R.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Omg!

    I just started the series and love them ps did u guys know that the first post on this book was on 2005! Also please tell me, are gylfie and soren going to become mates if they are please tell me in which book tanks!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Awesomeness

    Hi, my name is emma and well i am the biggest fan of katheryn lasky ever i really wish that there were more but these books are awesome and i really recommend this series for tweens that love actoin and legend kind of hobbit, lord of the rings type thing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Briana

    *stalks silently through the woods, her bow pulled at the ready, looking for prey*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    This is the woods

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Llllllllllllloooooooooollllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fu** you too amilia. Not nice. Stop it!!!!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    YAY KING OF GAHOOLE!!!!

    I just got to the part like 2 pages away from the end when Coryn is now king of gahoole!!!!!!! YAY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Random

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Guardians of Ga'Hoole

    These are so good!!! I've read this series 5 times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    An awsome story.

    Never befor have i ever been so hooked on a book, and this one really got me hooked on somthing, almost like i was there. This book hooked me like the owls talons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    The Gardians of Gahoole

    Awsam!!!!!!!!!!!!! Owls are so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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