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The Capture (2003)

av Kathryn Lasky

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The reader is introduced to Soren, a barn owl and the centerpiece of the series. When Soren is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. 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.… (mer)
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
There are a lot of animal fantasies on the shelves; authors constantly competing to create worlds with anthropomorphic creatures that talk and think. This series did it right, and it will always be one of my favorites.

Soren is a Barn Owl, hatched in the Forest of Tyto, in a world where human beings are only a mysterious memory from the past. But Soren's comfortable nest life is short-lived; somehow, he falls from the nest he shares with his fierce older brother Kludd and sweet sister Eglantine, and is immediately picked up. But not by a rescuer.

Thus, Soren enters St. Aggie's, the twisting maze of canyons that calls itself a "school" for young owlets. There, thousands of owls are divided into groups, forced to perform bizarre rituals and tasks, and indoctrinated into a world where no owl thinks for itself, or worse, is allowed to fly.

With only the companionship of a sharp-minded Elf Owl named Gylfie, Soren must struggle to keep himself from being overcome by the horrors that he discovers within St. Aggie's. And the only way to escape from a deep canyon is to learn to fly.

In this first novel of a great series, Lasky builds a world populated with all kinds of characters and all kinds of owl species. I love owls, so I was fascinating learning about the different characteristics of each. Not only that, but the plot twisted and turned, full of horrific revelations and triumphant moments. And the end is really only the beginning. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
This was the first book in a middle grade series about owls. Though I know I read this book with my cousin when I was in the target age demographic, I couldn't remember many details about it, so this felt like a first read all over again. The plot basically revolved around a baby barn owl who gets kidnapped and taken to a school for owls which really ends up being much more like a dystopian owl regime.

Overall, I thought this book made for an interesting concept and an enjoyable read, though I did have a few minor complaints about it. One was that there were a few instances in which dialogue wasn't formatted correctly, leading me to believe one character was speaking when it was actually another. I also had trouble with the pacing of this book; there were just a few instances when things felt like they were happening too fast. I wanted a little more build-up, though this is a fairly short book for kids and thus I understand why the author might have chosen against this. Similarly, I got lost a bit in the time it took them to do certain things. Sometimes, I felt that a lot of time had passed, only for it to be later that same day in actuality.

My last complaint was actually a bit of a plot hole. Our main character's best friend is a type of owl which matures faster than his. At one point, the two of them are told they don't have to undergo a certain procedure yet because they are not mature enough yet; however, he also comments around the same time that she is basically a full-fledged adult owl. Thus, I found it confusing that they would not want to perform the procedure on her. It seemed awfully convenient. ( )
  NovelInsights | Sep 21, 2019 |
Soren is home in his nest high in the forest. He may only be an owlet, but he's learning so much form his parents and it won’t be too much longer before Soren knows how to fly. For now, he loves talking with his little sister, though his older brother is a bit of a grump. One night when his parents are off hunting, Soren’s thrust out of the nest and lands on the forest floor. He thinks his life is over and that he’ll be dinner for a larger animal. But then the owls come and seem to rescue him, only they’re not rescuing him. Soren realizes they are capturing him. He is taken to St. Aggie’s and he meets Gilfey almost immediately. They become fast friends, and it isn’t long before they start to realize that something very bad is going on there. Owls are made to chant their names over and over again. Each is also assigned a new number to go by and questions are forbidden. The leaders of St. Aggie’s force all the young owls to stand in the light of the full moon for three nights straight. This can cause a lot of damage to owlets and Soren and Gilfey worry they’ll forget who they are and what they believe. They haven’t even learned how to fly and it’s forbidden at St. Aggie’s. Is there any way that they can escape? Being sent to separate places to work makes it even harder for them to devise a plan. Can they come up with something that will work? You’ll have to read this interesting fantasy story to find out!

I recently saw a trailer for the movie The Guardians of Ga’Hoole and it made me curious about the books. I decided to pick up the first one in the series, The Capture by Kathryn Lasky. I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend because the narrator did a wonderful job with the different voices and bringing the story to life. I like the friendship between Soren and Gylfie. Both characters have their strengths, and I think they do a great job supporting each other. Being at Saint Aggie’s sounded scary to me, so I could understand why they wanted to leave. I felt nervous for them about the dangerous situation they were in, but enjoyed reading the story from the owls’ points of view. It would be a perfect read for anyone in fourth grade and up who likes a story with a variety of characters and a more complex plot. Since listening to the first book in the series I have already finished the next three. I’m waiting for book five to arrive at the library. I thought there were eight books in the series- but just heard there are sixteen. I am looking forward to reading more of the series- but with that number of books it could take a while. ( )
  Robinsonstef | Jul 10, 2019 |
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The reader is introduced to Soren, a barn owl and the centerpiece of the series. When Soren is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. 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.

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