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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439405580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439405584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8-In this second book in the series, Soren and his band of owls have escaped the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls and go in search of the mythical Great Ga'Hoole Tree. When they finally arrive at the tree, they find themselves in a Hogwarts-like school where owls are divided into "chaws," or small teams, that focus on particular skills such as navigation or search and rescue. By the end of the book, Soren has learned the fate of his lost sister, discovered that he has some unique powers, and has lost his new mentor, leaving things wide open for the next installment. The story flows nicely and has a certain appeal that carries readers along, despite the sometimes-jarring addition of unnecessary owl poetry. Lasky's fully realized world is full of traditions based on the actual habits of owls, but this is still a world in which owls can read and write. Fantasy readers will enjoy the adventure, but the book will appeal mainly to fans of the first volume in the series.
Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ
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The world building is excellent, with a few intriguing hints that it might take place on a post-Holocaust Earth, and the characterization is solid. The owls are unique and complex, with conflicting feelings and just the right mix of seriousness and fun.--Voya

Lasky's fully realized world is full of traditions based on the actual habits of owls, but this is still a world in which owls can read and write. Fantasy readers will enjoy the adventure. . . --School Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this to real readers.
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This book is awesome I promise it will blow your mind it is exiting and and sad at first but you will love it,and remember read read read!📚📖
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This book talks about how Soren and his friends Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger travel to the great Ga'Hoole tree.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the second book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, the story of Soren and the gang continues. I had been waiting since the release of The Capture to find out what happens; The Journey does not disappoint. The band of owls leave St. Aggie's behind to find new adventures, and encounters scores of new creatures. Once again, the author introduces us to fascinating species of owls and other birds. The descriptions of flying are terrific--you can almost feel the wind in your hair. Now, if only the next book in the series will come out sooner...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 18, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I decided to read The Journey because I read the prequel, The Capture. I like this book because it really shows how the owls interact. It's like the owls are real people that talk, walk, and have fun with each other. There are no people in this book. Just owls, snakes, and other birds, but it's really just an owl book. This second book still has Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, Digger, and a lot of other new characters. They make friends, and learn a lot of new skills at the Great Ga'Hoole tree.
At the end of The Capture, the four owls are a band to never split up and make it their quest to find the Great Ga'Hoole tree. Their journey to find the tree is exciting. About ¼ way into the book, the king and queen of Hoole find them, and lead them to the tree. When the four owls reach the tree, they learn about different chaws, which are different groups that you are selected into to preform certain deeds to help the world. Even Mrs. P, the blind snake, was back to doing what she longed to do, being a nest maid snake. The four owls soon find out that it's almost guarenteed that they won't be selected for the same chaw. While Soren is living his liufe at the Great Ga'Hoole tree, his thoughts of his sister, Eglantine, worry him. Was she captured by St. Aggies? Is she all right?
I truly recommend this book to anyone who has read The Capture. If you haven't read The Journey, but read The Capture, your mind must be going crazy to read the second book. It's really that good. It takes off exactly where The Capture ended. If you haven't read the first book in a little while, don't worry. The Journey reviews a lot. It's your choice. Do you want to find out about Eglantine? What's life like at the Great Ga'Hoole tree? Read The Journey, by Kathryn Lasky to find out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on July 1, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As they travel towards the Island of Hoole and the mythic Great Ga'Hoole Tree, Soren the barn owl and his traveling companions discover that there are many wondrous places in the lands of the Southern Kingdoms. They encounter a number of obstacles, which they face together as a band. Each member of the band contributes something and has some degree of strength that comes to the fore in times of trouble or stress.
After many adventures and frightening experiences, the young owls at last find the island that rests in the Sea of Hoolemere. They also learn that the Ga'Hoole tree is no myth. It exists and is even more remarkable in reality than any tale made it out to be. Soon, Soren and his friends are part of the extraordinary community of owls that live within the tree.
In this beautifully and sensitively written book, Kathryn Lasky has continued to build on the world she created in Book One, where owls are a very elite group of birds, proud and separate from the other animals. In no time, the reader is caught up in a story where both dreadful and wonderful things happen. As Soren struggles to understand his new environment, he slowly begins to learn that there is more to life than just what he sees, hears and touches. Soren's realization about his own abilities is an exceptionally strong and powerful element in THE JOURNEY. There is also the discovery by the owls that live in the Great Ga'Hoole Tree that something truly dreadful is happening to the baby owls in the Southern Kingdoms. We are left hanging, wanting to know what this evil is, and at the same time fearing for the welfare of these owls.
Because the owls possess both strengths and weaknesses, readers will have no problems identifying with, and growing fond of, the characters that Kathryn Lasky has created.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 12, 2004
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I liked this book because it was very interesting and had a great plot. What made this story terrific were the characters. Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger were amazing. They fight of enemies rescue owlets and everything else owls do. The four main characters really made this story awesome. My favorite part of the book is when Soren flies into a forest fire to retrieve coals for the great Ga'hoole tree. That's just one of the great parts. I can't wait to read the third book of this series.
This book is about a band of owls that are sent out to find the great Ga'hoole tree because they lost their families. At the Ga'hoole tree owls go out each night to perform noble deeds. When they arrive they are given their own hollow. Soon they will be put into chaws. A chaw is a group of owls who perform noble deeds like the search and rescue chaw. A weird thing happens to this search and rescue chaw, injured owlets start popping out of nowhere. They happen to come upon a strange owl that looks just like Soren. The owl is Soren's sister, Eglantine. When that is done one of the owls is missing, Ezylryb, Soren teacher wasn't there. Soren and his sister are sent out to find him.
People who like adventure and a little fantasy should read this book for sure.Teenager should also read this book because there are some hard words.
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More About the Author

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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