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Voice of Youth Advocates
(June 1, 2004; 0-439-40559-9)

In the third installment of the Guardians of Ga'hoole series, barn owl protagonist Soren and his friends Gylfie, Digger, and Twilight, along with new comrades Martin and Otulissa, decide to save Ezylryb, a beloved teacher who has gone missing. In the process, the young owls' investigations yield information on owl history. They discover the truth about the northern owl wars, the past of both Ezylryb and a rogue smith that they meet in an obscure area of nearby woods, and finally the identity of the evil owl who is behind both the mysterious death of another owl smith and the suffering of Soren's sister, Eglantine. The open end leaves the story set for a fourth volume. Sound characterization, a well-developed setting, and fast pacing compensate for the predictable plot. Fans of the series will be standing in line for the next installment, and readers with a penchant for animal fantasies will be engaged by this nice lead-in to the more complex tomes of Brian Jaques's Redwall series and Avi's Poppy books.-Ann Welton.

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
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; English Language edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439405599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439405591
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,041 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 16, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this third installment of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, Soren is no longer that inexperienced young owl who didn't know his place in the world. Almost ready to become a Guardian of Ga'Hoole, his training nearly complete, Soren is confident of his skills and knowledge, yet he is far from happy. The loss of his grumpy and unpredictable teacher, Ezylryb, has left him very depressed and unable to enjoy his life and reunion with his sister.
Then, something truly bizarre and unsettling occurs. While on a training mission, Soren is visited by the scrooms, or ghosts, of his parents. They warn him of something terrible: "Metal! Beware Metal Beak!"
Soren and his friends had once witnessed the death of an owl who told them that there was something even more awful than the so-called owl orphanage that they had run away from. At the time they had found this hard to believe. Now they are beginning to realize that there is something truly evil out there, something dreadful threatening all the owls. They can also see that the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place --- there was the strange abduction of Soren's sister and the other little owls, the loss of Ezylryb, the death of the loner owl, and the warning from Soren's parents. Everything seemed to point to this unknown owl called Metal Beak. Who was he and what did he want?
Soren and friends Digger, Gylfie and Twilight set out to find the answers to these questions. They also take some new friends and companions from the Ga'Hoole tree with them. With the skills they have all learned, they hope to be able to handle whatever challenges face them on this new and frightening quest.
Once again Kathryn Lasky takes us into her fascinating world of owls.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 10, 2004
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The third book in the Guardians of Ga'hoole series.Soren and his friends must find his favorite teacher Ezylryb,who teaches the colliering chaw.A chaw is like a subject in school. Colliering is the the study of fire,the young owls must get coals from forest fires to fuel the blacksmith's forge who makes battle claws,plates and cups.The Pure Ones,(who think that Barn Owls are the best of all species)may have something to do with Ezylryb disappearence.On their quest to save Ezylryb they have to face the Pure Ones leader Metal Beak(who has a metal mask on his face).There is a great suprise ending.You might be a little confused if you don't read the other 2 books first,but still a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 7, 2006
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I am really excited about this series! It is one of those books that you get a really satisfied feeling when you've finished it, but at the same time you are craving more. Before I picked up these books I thought practically nothing of owls. Now I know tons of facts I'd never thought of before,and have a whole new outlook about them. though this series is made up of 8 books, the books in this series are kinda short (especially the third one) but I still enjoy reading them. There were parts in the first book where I felt kinda bored, but as with all good series it takes a while for the plot to unfold. In some ways this book was kinda predictable (like I knew metal beak was soren's brother) but the mood also took on a mysterious air. One of my favorite things about this book is how well the characters are developed. Soren:leader Gylfie: practical, yet enjoys big words Digger: deep thinker Twilight: boastful yet true

In a way this series also reminded me of two other of my favorite series. First, the redwall series (except for the way mice and other rodents are now prey) and second, the warriors series. If you like animals and adventure, then all three series are definately for you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 15, 2004
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A great book you should read is The Rescue. This is the third book of a series. In the first book, Soren is captured and is brought to St. Angies. He escapes and makes friends. In the second book, Soren and his friends find the Ga'hool Tree.
This book is about a barn owl named named Soren. He lives in the Ga'hool tree with his friends, Gylfie, Twilight, Digger, and his sister, Eglantine. Soren's teacher, Ezylrab, has been captured. Soren misses his teacher and he wants to find him. Soren sees his parents scrooms (a dead owl with unfinished business). They tell him to watch out for Metal Beak. So, Soren takes off with his friends to search for Ezylrab, and the mysterious Metal Beak. Metal Beak is a barn owl with a metal beak. Half of his face was ripped off in battle. It was replaced with a metal mask. He is the most feared owl in the world. Soren knocks off his enemy's mask in battle, and finds out his shocking identity.
I recommend this book to any one who likes adventure books with action scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2004
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This is the third book in the Gaudians of Ga'Hoole series, and by far the most action-filled. When Soren's favorite ryb disappears under mysterious circumstances, his band of friends set out find him. What they discover is something more sinister than they had ever imagined. The young owls of the band find some serious trouble, and use brains and brawn to get out of it. My favorite part of the story is the description of the rich owl culture that has developed in the kingdoms of the owls and on the island of Ga'Hoole. This, more than anything else, immerses the reader in this magical world.
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