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''Lasky has developed a unique series - a fantastical rendering of a world of owls. Characters run the gamut of owl species and each embodies actual traits of that species. Lasky's knowledge and love of owls is obvious . . . Readers will come away knowing more about these birds.'' --Children's Literature

''Lasky has combined fascinating details of how real owls live with her imaginary civilization.'' --School Library Journal, praise for the series --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A TIME FOR COURAGE and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439888069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439888066
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi Readers! Thanks for coming by my author page. I've written all sorts of books - from fantasy about animals to books about science. One of my favorite animal fantasy series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole, is a major motion picture. I liked writing about Ga'Hoole so much that I decided to revisit that world in a different series, Wolves of the Beyond. I've recently added a new Guardians book: The Rise of A Legend, the story of Ezylryb, the great sage of the Ga'Hoole Tree. Another new book just came out, the first in the Horses of the Dawn series. I think of it as an equine retelling of the Spanish conquest of the New World. Visit my website, www.kathrynlasky.com for the latest news. All my best, Kathryn

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Golden Tree!! It was a big relief after the three legends. I had missed the original characters from books 1-6 (Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, Digger, & Otulissa) and the character from books 7-8 (Coryn/Nyroc) In this book, they make a full comback. Well, the book opens with Soren and the Band playing in the wind currents near the Great Tree, which for some time had retained a summer-like golden glow, which Soren found slightly unnerving. Coryn, however, is in his own hollow brooding over the ember with his firesight. He has, ever since reading the first legend, been questioning his lineage, for he suspected Nyra, his mother, to be a hagsfiend, which would mean his own blood carried the haggish taint. Well, in the middle of the first chapter, we finally (FINALLY) find out that Soren's eggs had (have?) hatched and his daughters names are Sebastiana (Basha for short), Blythe, and Bell. They are not in this book dialogue wise, and neither are Pelli and Eglantine. I dont want to give anything away, but one of my favourite chapters was The Book, The Battle, & The Band. Let me point out, this book would be rather confusing for someone who had nver read any Ga'Hoole book or even someone who had read all except for the Legends (9, 10, 11). It contains a lot of references from the Legends and reverts back to a lot of Coryn's past aquantices from books 7 and 8. Like the web-reading rabbit with no name, Gyllbane, her son Cody, Hamish, Styngyll and Slynella. The book ends kind of on a cliffie, and sets the stage for book 13 - The River of Wind, which comes out July 1st, 2007. I will end this review by saying this -- its good to have the Band back!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
There was a nearly six-month lapse between "To Be a King" and "The Golden Tree," and I was not disappointed by this 12th installment of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

A brief summary: The Great Ga'Hoole Tree is glowing gold from the Ember of Hoole's influence, and the Island of Hoole has entered a state of perpetual summer. But after King Coryn and the Band leave the tree, Otulissa soon discovers that all that's gold is not necessarily good. The Ember enthralls the owls of Ga'Hoole, and many of them begin to act strangely, especially Gemma the Whiskered Screech Owl and Elyan the Great Gray Owl. When this strange behavior goes too far, it becomes clear that someone must get word out to the king and the Band.

"The Golden Tree" is suspenseful, and interlaced with the excitement and quality I've long since come to expect of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Fans of the books will not be disappointed, and the cliffhanger at the end will leave them looking forward to Book 13, "The River of Wind," set for release by July 1st. All in all, a fantastic read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine on October 15, 2009
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My 10 year old started this series last Christmas and loves these books. His lexile range is that of a 9th grader so it is difficult to find books that are at his level yet age appropriate. These books are perfect for that.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 26, 2007
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I read this book, and it was fantastic! The Golden Tree is perhaps one of Mrs. Lasky's best books in the entire Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. The Band finally makes a comeback, and Coryn is getting used to being King. Soren's chicks also hatch, though I was disappointed there wasn't much about them in The Golden Tree.

Coryn and the Band go on a journey to discover whether Nyra is really a hagsfiend, and if Coryn's blood is tainted due to his evil heritage, but end up finding out something totally different and possibly even more dangerous. A dark secret from the past is unearthed, and is in Nyra's clutches. Coryn and the Band need to stop Nyra before it's too late, and an important, beloved character nearly dies, and another character does die. I was practically on the edge of my seat with excitement!

Meanwhile, in Coryn's absence, Otulissa is left to deal with the annoying Whiskered Screech Owl, Gemma, and Elyan the Great Gray Owl. Both have become obsessed with the Ember of Hoole, and many Guardians start to follow them. Eventually, even Otulissa is powerless to stop them, and the Guardians' only hope of alerting Coryn lies in one of the most unlikely of owls.

A character mentioned in Book 1, Bess the Boreal Owl, Grimble's favorite daughter, reappears as the Keeper of the Palace of Mists in The Golden Tree. However, Bess, like Soren's daughters, Pellimore, and Eglantine, also has no dialogue, except for flashbacks.

One of the book's greatest surprises was Madame Plonk's amazing personality transformation, from a spoiled, fat old singer to a warrior gadfeather. There are also hints at new romances, and a brand-new owl kingdom. I can't wait for The River of Wind to come out!

The Golden Tree is a must-read for any fantasy lover!
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The Golden Tree is the 12th book of the Guardians of Ga'hoole series, which I have been reading for years (long before the movie covering the first three books came out). In this book, the new king Coryn explores his identity as the possible son of a hagsfiend (an evil owl-witch). He leaves with Soren and the Band for a short adventure to distract himself from his woes, but finds more than he'd bargained for. In addition, he's left the ember back in the Tree under the care of owls with weaker personalities than himself--leading to self-absorbed ember worship (almost akin to a criticism of organized religion?). I can't say that this book is as good as the first 6 (which could have been a complete series in themselves), but it was cute enough. This series has a 3 book detour in the middle, and this is the first book that picks up where the story left off. Much of the book was spent reminding the reader of things that occurred before the detour, and I think that subtracted from the normal action of these books. Therefore, I only gave it 3/5 stars. However, I am curious how the story will proceed, as the series seems to have started out with themes of Cute Kids against Naughty Bad Guys (book 1), progressed to Valiant Knights against Evil Racists (books 2-8), detoured to Good vs. Evil (books 9-11), and now seems to be entering Inward-Strength vs. Inward Weakness. What next?
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