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Guardians of Ga'Hoole #1: The Capture: (Movie Cover) [Format Kindle]

Kathryn Lasky
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Ga'Hoole is a classic hero mythology about the fight between good and evil. This new version of The Capture will feature art from the movie, due out in September 2010!

After Soren, a young owlet, is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he's plucked from the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school, the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. When Soren arrives at St. Aggie's, he suspects there is more to the school than meets the eye. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that St. Aggie's is actually a training camp where the school's leader can groom young owls to help achieve her goal--to rule the entire owl kingdom.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Courtesy of Teens Read Too 18 août 2011
Born in the peaceful forest of Tyto, Soren the barn owl looks forward to a life of eating bugs and learning to fly, but evil forces have another plan for the owls.

When Soren is captured and taken to a mysterious place known as St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, he discovers the orphanage has a darker purpose. With the help of his friend, Gylfie, they set out to uncover the truth and find a way to escape.

Unfortunately, the only way out is up, and the young owls will have to learn to fly if they have a hope of escape.

I first read THE CAPTURE many years ago and looked forward to reacquainting myself with the world of the owls. This tale of suspense and finding heroes in unlikely places is full of struggles and triumphs that are easy to relate to, even though the main characters are birds. Re-reading it made me want to get my hands on the other books in the GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE series so I can continue reading Soren's story.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 an exciting surprise with very dark themes. 15 décembre 2005
Par Karusichan - Publié sur
Soren is a young owl who has all of the comforts in life that a young barn owl should. He has two loving parents to take care of him and bring him food, an older brother named Kludd and a new baby sister named Eglantine to play with, and a nursemaid snake named Mrs. P. He is growing rapidly, partaking in the ancient rituals of his people (such as the first meat and bone ceremonies) and is learning about what it means to be an owl. All seems perfectly idyllic, until the fateful moment he "falls" out of his nest, rather, is pushed out of his nest by his jealous and malign older brother.

Soren cannot help but think of the tales he has heard of owlets falling from their nests, and how few ever survive the encounter. But he has little time to ponder on this as he is quickly snatched and taken to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned owls. What happens here is beyond his comprehension; the academy is run by only a few owls, but they are all tyrants in their ways. Soren soon realizes that between the moon blinking (brain washing) sleeps and the lack of food there is something amiss at the academy. His worse fears are confirmed when he befriends a young elf owl named Gylfie who also suspects the motives of this so called "orphanage", especially when the acquire positions in the pelletorium. During this time they find out about the all important "flecks" that are being separated from the pellets, apparently these flecks are very valuable in that they have some kind of magical potency to them.

The longer they stay the more bizarre things become, especially when they learn that in addition to the fact that the academy is snatching owlets they are also stealing eggs. It is then that Soren and Gylfie decide to flee. The decision is a hard undertaking, it requires them to learn how to fly and survive on their own, something they have never had the opportunity to do. Can the two handle this important decision?

I'll admit, when it comes to books written at this level my tastes are somewhat fixed to books I read as a child, But since I work in a bookstore in the kids section and this series was very popular I decided to see what the buzz was about. The great thing about this series is that even though it appeals to children because of the animal characters it is not written in a patronizing, dumbed down kind of style. In fact, there is a very admirable way in which Lasky not only writes for a young audience and passes along useful information about owls and the like, but also in the manner which the story is crafted. The themes are very dark, almost too much for a child's story. It reminds me more of George Orwell and Richard Adams then anything else. Yes, there are animal characters, but the issues they have to face (child snatching, concentration camp like atmospheres, and cannibalism) are not something I would have expected children to be enjoying. Then again, I was always a huge fan of Lloyd Alexander, who wrote about raising armies of the dead and such, so I guess I just figured I was an anomaly as far as dark stories went. I was so intrigued by this book that I am debating picking up the rest of them to see where Lasky takes us next.. And since I can read them in about 2-3 hours this is not a tough thing to do. This was one of the most exciting surprises I have picked up in some time.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Dystopia...with Owls! 7 septembre 2010
Par Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Publié sur
In anticipation of the upcoming movie based on Kathryn Lasky's GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE series, Scholastic has re-released the first book in the series, The Capture. Being an owl fan, I of course had to give it a try! Lasky is clearly following in Richard Adams' footsteps here, what with her invented owl words and the mixture of animal behavior and very human social commentary. The Capture is less intense than Watership Down in terms of both reading level and violence level, however, and would be suited for readers who might be too young for Adams' book.

Soren, our protagonist, is growing up in a loving, comfortable barn owl family. Lasky incorporates a great deal of information about owl behavior and translates it into the customs of a culture. The owls have rituals for their first bites of different types of food, for example, and for the stages of learning to fly. Lasky is skilled at depicting the intricacies of a social structure, as is evident both here and in last year's Hannah. The rituals of Soren's family create a sense of warmth and community, even if they do sometimes focus on owls' digestive processes a little too much for me. (Kids will probably love it. Especially if they've done the "examine the owl pellet" thing in school.)

One day, though, Soren tumbles from the nest and is kidnapped by several other owls. He is taken to St. Aggie's, which claims to be a school for orphaned owls. But Soren isn't really an orphan, and this isn't really a school. It's more of a cross between a totalitarian state and a cult. Now, Soren and his new friend Gylfie need to resist brainwashing, find allies, and escape St. Aggie's. The St. Aggie's scenes are creepy enough to get under even an adult's skin, while still keeping the violence level appropriate for the target audience. There are a few deaths, but the details are mostly glossed over.

Soren and Gylfie are inspired to heroism, in part, by the legends of Ga'Hoole, which are kind of like the owl equivalent of the Arthurian cycle. I really like the idea behind The Capture, which is that one should be brave in the face of tyranny and that stories can help build that courage. The book would have been stronger, though, if a few of the legends had actually been worked into the story. We often read that one character is telling the Ga'Hoole stories to another, but not what's actually in those stories. I've been a mythology geek for at least twenty years, so it's pretty easy for me to imagine what the stories are probably like, but I wouldn't necessarily expect a child to have the same knowledge base. One of the things that worked well about Watership Down was that some of the El-ahrairah stories were included in the novel. It helped build the world the rabbits lived in, and including the stories could have done the same thing here, and it would have lent even more weight to a touching scene where Soren and Gylfie make up their own legend to honor a friend.

Other issues include an unlikely coincidence, songs that don't scan, and an abrupt ending. It's not a cliffhanger, but it leaves much unresolved (presumably to be addressed in the subsequent books). This was an issue in Hannah as well, and maybe this is just a quirk of Lasky's style that I'll have to get used to if I continue reading her books.

Nonetheless, The Capture is enjoyable for the most part, and suspenseful. The prose veers toward the "textbooky" a bit when describing owl biology and behavior, but it's beautiful at other moments, and the story has a good message without beating you over the head with it. I'm looking forward to the movie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Capture 21 janvier 2004
Par MES - Publié sur
> "Guardians of Ga'Hoole, The Capture," is a fiction adventure book
by Kathryn Lasky.It is the first of the series. The next book is "The
> Soren is a barn owl who lives with his mother, father, brother
and new sister. They live in the forest kingdom of Tyto, in the southern
kingdoms of the owl world. Their life was the same as any other owl
family, until Soren fell out of their hollow and got snatched. He came to
St. Aegolius Academy for orphaned owls, where horrible owls take young
owls from their homes and have them help to lead the owl world to
them.They have them do something called Moon blinking, which hypnotizes
them so they do not escape.Soren and his friend Gylfie do not get
moonblinked. Together they try to go save the owl world from disaster.
> I think this is a wonderful book for people who love adventure
stories. The ages that people would most enjoy this book would be 8-12.
It has new excitement on every page, and you always want to know what's
going to happen next. There never seems to be a dull moment in this
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Exciting Adventure and Mystery about Owls 31 octobre 2003
Par Clare Chu - Publié sur
Young owlets are being snatched from their nests, eggs are disappearing. Something sinister is going on in the Owl Kingdoms. This first book in a series tells of how young Soren a barn owl, and Gylfie, a diminutive elf owl, survive the rigors and brainwashing of the evil St. Aegolius Academy. They band together with two other orphans and a blind snake in search of their families, and the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a legend where ancient knights on silent wings went to do battle against evil and perform deeds of greatness. But first they have to fight their evil jailors who were out to attack other helpless owlets. At the end of the first book they set off "To Ga'Hoole!". And the reader is hooked and must get "The Journey" which is book #2.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Action packed, escaping owls 22 octobre 2003
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur
Gaurdians of Ga'Hoole is looking like a really great series so far. This author has a very big imagination, and a very stretched vocabulary. This book, #1 The Capture, is very different and I'll tell you why.
There are no people in this book. Just owls. In this book, the owls have dialouge. They're regular characters in the story. It's very exciting to see and think what the owls see and think to each other. I thought that this was very interesting to see how the owls interacted like people. So I kept reading, and started to really like this book.
Soren is a baby owl, just about 2 weeks. He is a barn owl in the kingdom of Tyto. He has a newborn sister, Eglantine, and an older snobby brother Kludd. Soren is living a great life with his parents until he falls out of his nest onto the floor of the woods, or maybe, pushed out. Soren is then scooped up that night by an older adult owl, and taken to an academy for orphan owls. Soren does not like this, he's not an orphan. Soren meets a smaller owl around his age that was also captured. His name is Gylfie. Soren and Gylfie do not like this place, its weird, and scary for them. Soren and Gylfie figure out that this is not a good place to hang out for a while. They have to get out, but how. They have to fly, something that they are not capable of doing as an owlet.
I really recommend this book because, youm really do not want to stop reading. Theres constant action, and constant thinking between the owls. This book is not to long if your worried about that. It's only 235 pages with a chapter about the sequel, The Journey. It's deffinatly action packed when the owls escape. You definitally do not want to stop reading #1 The Capture, and all the other, Gaurdians of Ga'Hoole books.
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