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Guardians of Ga'hoole Series

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Great messages, heroic characters, just the right length.

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age 9+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 12+

too violent.

I read this book ahead of my 9-year-old daughter, and so glad I did. While it does have a good message of friendship and teamwork, there were several occurrences of very graphic violence. I am not opposed to sad or bad things happening in a story, but the amount of detail was over-the-top for younger kids. Furthermore, the type of violence didn't add anything to the story - it was needless. There are other great books out there for kids to read and get the same great messages of friendship and working together. It wasn't that good of a book to warrant the gratuitous violence.
age 9+

Book review on Guardians Of Ga'Hoole Series

The book is great and I really recommend this book to kids around the world. This book isn't very popular for some reason, but it deserves to be. There is a bit of violence but the rest is ok.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (41 ):

A band of four forms in the series' riveting opener: the deep-thinker Soren, intelligent Gylfie, worldly Twilight, and the burrow owl Digger. Soren and Gylfie are the most developed characters so far and already they seem worth the long haul -- this series has 15 books in all. The story of their escape is as riveting as their friendship is touching. There's also some sadness as these chicks realize their families' fates, and it's all handled with real sensitivity.

In Book 2, the four friends make it to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree and are taught to use their skills to protect the owl community. Watching the owls train sets up the storyline well for future adventures, but gives the book an episodic feel and keeps the suspense from building -- this is not the suspenseful page-turner the first one is. However friendship and following one's heart -- um, gizzard -- are still strong themes.

In Book 3, Soren's favorite teacher is missing and the young band of owls tries to piece together clues to bring him back to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. It's never clear why this capable band of owls needs to sneak away from their adult mentors to go on their quest, and conclusions about the mysterious powers the enemies wield aren't well-developed. But some big truths are revealed -- like who Metal Beak is -- and Soren, as leader, becomes an even more compelling character.

Book Details

  • Author: Kathryn Lasky
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication date: June 1, 2003
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 219
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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