Owl In Love

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Overview

Part bird of prey, part teenage girl in love, and now part stalker, Owl Tycho’s life is complicated. It becomes even more so when an inept new shape-shifter appears on the scene. Funny, smart, and supernatural, Owl is a young woman worth getting to know.

A fourteen-year-old girl, who can transform herself into an owl at will, discovers interesting new relationships with both humans and owls when she develops a crush on her science ...

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Overview

Part bird of prey, part teenage girl in love, and now part stalker, Owl Tycho’s life is complicated. It becomes even more so when an inept new shape-shifter appears on the scene. Funny, smart, and supernatural, Owl is a young woman worth getting to know.

A fourteen-year-old girl, who can transform herself into an owl at will, discovers interesting new relationships with both humans and owls when she develops a crush on her science teacher.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A fantasy rich and strange, haunting and humorous."—The Bulletin, starred The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"Tautly plotted and touching."—Publishers Weekly, starred Publishers Weekly, Starred

"An unusually strong and original first novel."—Kirkus Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``I am Owl. It is my name as well as my nature,'' announces the droll heroine of this highly original first novel. By night Owl, a shapeshifter, assumes her owl form, but by day she is an ``ordinary girl (more or less)'' who goes to high school. An everyday affliction overtakes her, however: she is in love with her science teacher, Mr. Lindstrom. Kindl's first-person narration shifts expertly back and forth between the perspective of a bird and that of an adolescent misfit making the first attempts at human friendship. The reader takes flight with Owl as she hunts for mice and rabbits, moons around outside Mr. Lindstrom's window and savors the life of a free owl. Owl's love for Mr. Lindstrom is, of course, ill-fated but, in an ironic and superbly imagined twist, Owl is destined for a truly happy ending. Kindl's prose is remarkably even in its wit, one of many virtues in this tautly plotted and touching novel. Ages 10-14. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618439102
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 758,470
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrice Kindl's first novel, Owl in Love, was an ALA Notable Book for Children, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an SCBWI Golden Kite Award Honor Book. She lives in Middleburgh, New York.

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Chapter One I am in love with Mr. Lindstrom, my science teacher. I found out where he lives and every night I perch on a tree branch outside his bedroom window and watch him sleep. He sleeps in his underwear: Fruit of the Loom, size 34.
I watch him while I should be hunting. When I don’t hunt, I don’t eat. I grow thin for love of Mr. Lindstrom. My parents are getting worried. I go to bed at dawn, after watching Mr. Lindstrom as he sleeps all night. Then my parents tiptoe in and watch anxiously as I sleep. It’s only fair, I suppose.

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First Chapter

Chapter One
I am in love with Mr. Lindstrom, my science teacher. I found out where he lives and every night I perch on a tree branch outside his bedroom window and watch him sleep. He sleeps in his underwear: Fruit of the Loom, size 34.
I watch him while I should be hunting. When I don't hunt, I don't eat. I grow thin for love of Mr. Lindstrom. My parents are getting worried. I go to bed at dawn, after watching Mr. Lindstrom as he sleeps all night. Then my parents tiptoe in and watch anxiously as I sleep. It's only fair, I suppose.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    Wow. I saw all these reviews saying this book is not that good and I had to say something! This book is one of my personal favorites. The characters are well developed and there's an interesting twist at the end. The author does a great job of blending typical teenage problems with Owl's unusual abilities. Recommended reading!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    extremely disturbing

    I thought this book was absolutly terrible! I read TTYL and TTFN which some people thought was bad, but this was awful! Its about a messed up half owl half girl who is in love with her science teacher. I thought it was very poorly written and at times just rambled on and on and on and on.... BORING! The girl sits outside of her teachers window, and starves herself. Im surprised she doesn't just fly into his room and watch him undress- oh wait! SHE DOES! This book was insanely disturbing and unbelievably poorly writeen! I wouldnt recommend this to anyone, unless you are a literature teacher and you are showing students how NOT to write a book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    I did not expect anything more than the books name.

    ok i did read this because my girlfriend recomended it, it was'nt half bad. the name of the book explains every thing, because is about an teenage girl that can morph into an owl and is in love with her highschool teacher that all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    Owl in Love

    This is definitely a 3-star book. The reason that it is 3 stars¿ is because it was mediocre, not the best. It was good, don¿t get me wrong, but it has it¿s dull spots. It is about a fourteen year old girl. She has a strange gift where she can morph into an owl. This has been in her family for years now, skipping random generations. Well, hers was not skipped. Every night, she uses her gift to her atvantage, to spy on her science teacher. She even knows his underwear size! She is convinced that she is madly in love with him. This is a good book about her life, and what it means to be human. This book not only shows what type of struggles a teenager goes through, Patrice Kindl throws in a twist that the girl can morph into an owl. It wasn't my particular favorite, but it was good. Books I also enjoyed were; The Lovely Bones, also a mind bending novel, To Catch a Cat, the ultimate mystery, and Who Moved My Cheese? , because it has a great lesson to learn from it. I like the books to keep you intrigued untill the very last page. Which is all of these!

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