Lasky, Kathryn

KATHRYN LASKY

Guardians of Ga’Haoole
1. The Capture (AR 4.8)
2. The Journey (AR 5.1)
3. The Rescue (AR 5.3)
4. The Siege (AR 5.6)
5. The Shattering (AR 5.1)
6. The Burning (AR 5.4)
7. The Hatchling (AR 5.0)
8. The Outcast (AR 5.1)
9. The First Collier (AR 5.5)
10. The Coming of Hoole (AR 5.2)
11. To Be a King (AR 5.3)
12. The Golden Tree (AR 5.5)
13. The River of Wind (AR 5.3)
14. Exile (AR 5.3)
15. The War of the Ember

The Royal Diaries
Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor (AR 5.5)
Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country (AR 6.0)
Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles (AR 6.2)
Jahanara: Princess of Princesses (AR 6.0)
Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven (AR 6.2)

Other Novels
Beyond the Burning Time (AR 5.6)
Dancing Through Fire (AR 5.0)
True North (AR 5.2)

You can learn more about Kathryn Lasky and her books by visiting her website: http://www.kathrynlasky.com

Your Comments and Reviews!

Lasky, Kathryn. The Capture. New York: Scholastic Inc, 2008.
This wonderful book, for kids ten and older, tells an exciting story about young Soren who is kidnapped  by the terrible St. Aegolius Academy for young orphaned owls. He meets a small Elf owl named Gylfie and together they must survive on their own in a place were they are not allowed to even learn! Will Soren survive being moon-blinked? Will he escape from St. Aggies? And will he make it to the Guardians of Ga’Hoole? To find out, read this very interesting book about owls. (Argyle)

Lasky, Kathryn. The Journey. New York: Scholastic Inc, 2003.
This awesome book, good for readers eleven and older, is the second book of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series. Soren, along with his best friend Gylfie, has escaped from the terrible St. Aegolius Academy for Young Orphaned Owls. He and Gylfie, his best and only friend, can fly now! Soren and Gylfie decide to try and find the island of Hoole. As they travel, they meet an owl called Twilight who decides to travel with them to find the legendary place they are seeking. About to leave the Desert of Kuneer, they meet a Burrowing owl aptly named Digger. They all band together to try and find the Guardians of Ga’Hoole.  (Argyle)

Lasky, Kathryn. The Rescue. New York: Scholastic Inc, 2004.
This wonderful story is the third novel in the Guardians of Ga’hoole trilogy. The main character Soren and his three friends Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger, are all at the Ga’Hoole Tree and are learning the code of the Guardians: fight injustice, mend the broken and make strong the weak. After spending some days in what seems like heaven, they finally realize that they themselves need to find Soren’s mentor, Ezylryb. As they search for clues about Ezylryb’s mysterious disappearance, they will discover secrets about Ezylryb, and a new sinister enemy known only as “you only wish”, gasped out by an owl’s dying breath. Who are these mysterious owls? Where is Ezylryb? Does his disapearance have anything to do with the “you only wish” owls? To find out read this suspenseful novel. (Argyle)

I recently read a great book called The Capture by Kathryn Lasky (Scholastic, 2003). The main character Sorren, a barn owl, lives in a peaceful tree with his family. He faces a dilemma when he is pushed out of his homely owl tree by his older brother, Kludd, and left for dead shortly after hatching. This happened when his parents were out hunting. He was then owlnapped and taken against his will to the evil St. Aggie’s Academy for orphaned owls. Should he stay and get moon blinked, enslaved and brainwashed like the other owls, or escape with his friend Glyfe? Because the only way out is up, they have to learn to fly with only half fledged feathers. I can tell you that this was one of the most absorbing books I’ve read in a long time. (Kieran in grade eight)

The Capture is about a barn owl named Soren who lives with his mom, dad, brother Kludd and sister Eglantine.  One night, he “falls” down off of his hollow. Mrs. P, a blind snake who is friends with the family, tries to get help but Kludd won’t let her. Soren then gets kidnapped by an owl from outside the kingdom of Tyto and is brought to St. Aegolious Academy for Orphaned owls where he meets Gylfie, an elf owl. Together, they plan to escape the orphanage. As they leave, they meet two owls named Twilight and Digger with whom they team up on adventures that continue in the other books in the series. (Quinton in grade eight)

Oh, this series is, by far, one of the best I’ve ever read. Lasky writes with such detail, and her characters are so realistic. One time, I read half a book without stopping! I’m glad I got the chance to experience the journey of all these great owls! (Rachel in gr. 7)

The Capture, by Kathryn Lasky (2003), is an enchanting and intriguing novel with some real facts about owls, as well. It all starts with little Soren, an adorable and curious little barn owl nestled in his mother’s warm down. A loud crack slices through the night air. His parents squeal with delight, and even Soren’s rude and self-centered brother, Kludd, pushes him aside for a better look. Soren stares at his new baby sister, a slimy pale blob. Little does he know, he will not be seeing her again for a long time.
When Soren next awakes, he is on the ground with dark trees towering over him. You see, Soren cannot fly yet, and the ground is no place for a little owlet. A picture of a raccoon with its sharp, shining teeth flashes through his mind. He calls out, but his parents are out hunting. No one can help him as firm talons wrap around him and lift him up into the crisp night air. Soren’s being carried away by a shaggy, terrifying owl, with piercing yellow eyes, to a rocky canyon. Hundreds of other kidnapped owlets are already trapped there, blinded by the light of the moon. No one asks questions at this dreadful place called St.Aggies. Soren, now named 12-1, is dying to know why. Does he dare ask? Does he dare try and escape? (Laura in grade 7)

The Journey, by Kathryn Lasky (Blackstone Audio Inc., 2003), continues the story of The Capture. The four friends – Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger – along with Mrs. P, have finally made it to the majestic and legendary tree: The Great Ga’Hoole. It is here where they will be split up to learn various skills such as navigation, tracking, search-and-rescue, and coilering: bringing back live coals from forest fires. The owls train hard and eventually reach the next level where they study specific subjects. They all get to train in the area that interests them, so everyone is happy. Except Soren.

Soren’s stuck with an extremely snooty owl, a creepy teacher who has only three talons. Will Soren warm up to this cold-hearted ryb? Will he perhaps reunite with his long-lost sister? Can he and his friends find out the meaning of the words spoken by a dying owl? Most mysteriously of all, could there possibly be a place more evil than St. Aggies? What were those last horrifying words the dying owl spoke? Only the book will tell you that. I’d get reading if I were you! (grade 7)

The Journey, by Kathryn Lasky (Blackstone Audio Inc., 2003), continues the story of The Capture. The four friends – Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger – along with Mrs. P, have finally made it to the majestic and legendary tree: The Great Ga’Hoole. It is here where they will be split up to learn various skills such as navigation, tracking, search-and-rescue, and coilering: bringing back live coals from forest fires. The owls train hard and eventually reach the next level where they study specific subjects. They all get to train in the area that interests them, so everyone is happy. Except Soren.
Soren’s stuck with an extremely snooty owl, a creepy teacher who has only three talons. Will Soren warm up to this cold-hearted ryb? Will he perhaps reunite with his long-lost sister? Can he and his friends find out the meaning of the words spoken by a dying owl? Most mysteriously of all, could there possibly be a place more evil than St. Aggies? What were those last horrifying words the dying owl spoke? Only the book will tell you that. I’d get reading if I were you! (Laura in grade 7)

The characters in The Journey by Kathryn Lasky are similar to characters in the plays of William Shakespeare. For example, Soren is a bit like Hamlet: they both loathe one of their relatives; they both want them dead; and they both try to kill them numerous times. Another example is the strong bond between Soren and his friends, much like the bond between Romeo and Juliet. A third example is Julius Caesar: much war and fighting takes place in Shakespeare’s play, as well as in Lasky’s novel.
Although Lasky is not as well-known as Shakespeare, her characters have some of the same timeless traits as the characters in Shakespeare’s famous plays. (Laura in gr. 7)

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to tell you all that they’re making a moovie out of the first book of this series: The Capture. It looks REALLY good! If you want to see it, go on YouTube and type in “Legend of the Guardians official trailer”. I think the movie is coming our sometime in September. I can’t wait! (Laura)

Hey, anyone out there! I was wondering what does moon blinked mean and what is the book The Capture about?
Here are the answers, Preston:
‘Moon blinking’ means brainwashing.
‘The Capture’ is about an owl named Soren who lives in a peaceful kingdom until he is captured and taken to an orphanage. But Soren is suspicious, so four owls band together to find out the truth and protect the owl world from danger.  Ms R.

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