Book Review: Guardians of Ga’Hoole, The Journey, by Kathryn Lasky


It began as a dream. A
quest for the Great Ga’Hoole Tree, a mythical place where each night an
order of owls rises to perform noble deeds. There Soren, Gylfie,
Twilight, and Digger hope to find inspiration to fight the evil that
dwells in the owl kingdom.

The journey is long and harrowing.
When Soren and his friends finally arrive at the Great Ga’Hoole Tree,
they will be tested in ways they never dreamed and face challenges they
never imagined. If they can learn from their leaders and from one
another, they will soon become true Ga’hoolian owls-honest and brave,
wise and true.


This is a really fun series.  So far, I have been very impressed.  It is original, unique, and completely different from anything else out there right now.  I can see why it is a best selling series.  

The Journey did not have as much action or bloodshed as book #1, The Capture, but it did not take away from the story at all.  There was a lot of mystery and intrigue going on as the owls try to piece together bits of information.  

They spend some time traveling, and learn some valuable things along the way.  Then they reach the Great Ga’Hoole Tree and are welcomed with open wings.  The four owls fit into life there easily as they learn more about how to be honest, courageous, and brave.  There was something very Harry Potter-esque about that part of the book (and I mean that in a good way).

Lasky has a knack for coming up with entertaining words and names for things that would matter to an owl.  Who knew there was so much involved in flying?  We finally learn what the mysterious “flecks” are from the first book, and we discover the fate of Soren’s younger sister, Eglantine.  There are new owls to love and new ones to be irritated with.  Not many new enemies are made in this book, but plenty of owls loaded with character come into the picture.  

The Cover: I love the cover.  It shows this book for exactly what it is, an adventure told from the viewpoint of an owl.  The illustrated cover also lends itself to appealing to young readers.  I was happy to see Soren on the cover this time.

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (September 1, 2003)

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    Ilana Waters
    December 25, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I LOVED the movie version of this! Okay, I know that's a horrible thing to say, LOL, so now I must go out and read the book. Thanks for featuring it! 🙂

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