The Owl Service [NOOK Book]

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The much-loved classic, finally in ebook.Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, this is an all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships.It all begins with the scratching in the ceiling. From the moment Alison discovers the dinner service in the attic, with its curious pattern of floral owls, a chain of events is set in progress that is to effect everybody’s lives.Relentlessly, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are drawn into ...
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The Owl Service

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Overview

The much-loved classic, finally in ebook.Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, this is an all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships.It all begins with the scratching in the ceiling. From the moment Alison discovers the dinner service in the attic, with its curious pattern of floral owls, a chain of events is set in progress that is to effect everybody’s lives.Relentlessly, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are drawn into the replay of a tragic Welsh legend – a modern drama played out against a background of ancient jealousies. As the tension mounts, it becomes apparent that only by accepting and facing the situation can it be resolved.

During a summer vacation in a secluded Welsh valley, three young people find themselves driven by the spirits of three mythical lovers to reenact an ancient tragedy.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Three teenagers, Alison, Roger, and Gwyn, hear strange noises coming from the attic of their summer home. When Gwyn, the housekeeper's son, investigates he finds a stack of old dinner plates. Immediately Alison begins creating owls by tracing the floral pattern on every plate. As each plate is completed, the patterns and owls mysteriously vanish. Gwyn tries to make sense of it all with Alison's help but her mum forbids any contact. Distraught, Gwyn runs away but returns after he learns the truth. Garner's work of fiction is a complicated story that may need to be read more than once to be fully understood. A tragic Welsh love affair is repeated through Alison, Gwyn, and Roger. Gwyn must solve the mystery before it is too late. In the end Gwyn gets answers from a surprising source. Several examples of classism are apparent in this novel. The reader will either love or hate this story. 2006 (orig. 1967), Odyssey Classics/Harcourt, Ages 12 up.
—Mary Jo Edwards
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"A book to be read and re-read....Stirring to the emotions and the imagination.”—Christian Science Monitor
"It is hard to write with restraint about Alan Garner’s talent, so deftly does he build his story...of bright fantasy and somber Welsh legend, of romantic adventure and acid realism.”—Saturday Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007539055
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 296,440
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • File size: 385 KB

Meet the Author

Alan Garner was born and still lives in Cheshire, an area which has had a profound effect on his writing and provided the seed of many ideas worked out in his books.His fourth book, ‘The Owl Service’ brought Alan Garner to everyone’s attention. It won two important literary prizes – The Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal – and was made into a serial by Granada Television. It has established itself as a classic and Alan Garner as a writer of great distinction.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    Awesome

    I loved this book so much that I read it three times! It was full of mystery and it kept me reading late into the night. I read it months ago, and still remember every little detail because I loved it so much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Hunter

    Brought the hawk in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    Like combining Harry Potter, Jumanji and Stephen King

    Alison, Roger and Gwyn end up releasing evil upon themselves by innocently tracing plates that reveal images of owls that later disappear. There's just enough info to confuse and interest you...since that's all I'm telling...read the book and be fascinated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2003

    The Owl Service.

    The owl service is an outstanding and reccomended book for readers. The story twists throught the book but it is quite hard to understand but once you have read it all you will find out that it was well worth your time reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    Good Book!

    This book is kinda weird, but I like it! I stumbled upon it in the library. I think that people who really enjoy fantasy stories will like this.

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