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I'm a Grandma, and my just-turned-seven grandson has been obsessed with this series since borrowing the movie "The Owls of Ga'hoole" from the library.
Delighted with his furious reading, I decided to check out Kathryn Lasky's work. Must say I didn't have much hope that the books would offer much literary value! So, I read a couple and ordered this one from Audible.
What a nice surprise! There's real "meat" here in a riveting story about a charming society of owls. As with many of the best and most popular series for the very young, the action seems very violent and the dilemmas faced by the characters seem very mature. Smart authors like Lasky keep what are very serious human themes at a distance from young minds by using animals as characters. Their world is somewhat like ours, but the real pain and threats which make these characters and the story so real aren't experienced in an uncomfortable and scary way. Must say I am impressed with the quality and the emotional impact of the Ga'hoole books I have read.
Reading was fun, but Pamela Garelick makes this world even better! I love her narration. Of course, it's best to encourage kids to read the books themselves, but the Audible alternatives would make great family listens during car trips.
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My eight-year old and I listened to the first eight Guardians of Ga'Hoole books and enjoyed them all immensely. Being a bird lover, these tales are especially fun and for weeks on end, our world became the world of the Guardians. Pamela Garelick's narration is very good; only her voice for Gyflie was a bit annoying (the voice was very high) though I got used to it. Unfortunately, the next seven books have not yet been recorded so we're reading them ourselves!