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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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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.