Owl Service

Owl Service

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by Garner
     
 

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Something is scratching around in the attic above Alison�s room. Yet the only thing up there is a stack of grimy old plates. Alison and her stepbrother, Roger, discover that the flowery patterns on the plates, when traced onto paper, can be fitted together to create owls—owls that disappear when no one is watching. With each vanished owl, strange events begin to… See more details below

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Something is scratching around in the attic above Alison�s room. Yet the only thing up there is a stack of grimy old plates. Alison and her stepbrother, Roger, discover that the flowery patterns on the plates, when traced onto paper, can be fitted together to create owls—owls that disappear when no one is watching. With each vanished owl, strange events begin to happen around Alison, Roger, and the caretaker�s son, Gwyn. As the kids uncover the mystery of the owl service, they become trapped within a local legend, playing out roles in a tragic love story that has repeated itself for generations...a love story that has always ended in disaster.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789626349311
Publisher:
Naxos Audiobooks
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs. 30 min.
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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