Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole comes to movie theaters September 24. And I, one of those who likes to read the book before seeing the movie, have just read The Capture (Scholastic, 2003, middle grade), the first book in the series by Kathryn Lasky. I'd seen my boy reading it, but never picked it up... once I did, I found it rather more exciting than I had expected, and enjoyed it quite a bit (although I don't think, somehow, I'm going to find the time to read all 15 books in the series...)
When a young barn owl named Soren is kidnapped from his forest home, he finds himself in a terrifying owl dystopia. Although it's name seems harmless enough, St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls teaches nothing except brainwashed acceptance of its unnatural way of life. Soren and an elf owl friend, Gylfie, struggle to keep from falling under the power of those in control--and gradually they begin to put together the pieces of the hideous puzzle in which they have been entangled. Giving them strength and courage are the stories of the the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, knightly owls pledged to do noble deeds.
Here's the Guardians of Ga'Hoole website, where you can learn more about the series.
Thanks to the publishers, I'm offering a giveaway to promote the release of the movie.
Two winners will receive:
- A copy of Guardians of Ga’hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
- A copy the first book in Kathryn Lasky’s new series -- Wolves of the Beyond: Lone Wolf
Please leave a comment to enter this giveaway; I'll keep this open till 11:59 pm on Monday, September 20st.
And finally, here's the trailer for the movie: