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Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Rise of a Legend Hardcover – July 30, 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 16 of 16 in the Guardians Of Ga'hoole Series

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Gr 4–6—Readers of the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series (Scholastic) know Ezlyryb as Soren's mentor, the venerable strategist, and scientist of the Great Tree. In this prequel, the old owl tells how he came to renounce war and become the great teacher of Ga'Hoole. Born in the North Kingdoms during the War of the Ice Talons, young Lyze is eager to join the cadets and become a great warrior like his parents. When he arrives at the Academy, however, he learns that the current battle techniques are no longer effective in against the invading forces-and there are far too many hidebound traditionalists in the officer corps. The young bird proposes a new concept-a fighting unit that includes not only owls, but also snakes and snow leopards. But, can such different creatures learn to work in an alliance before the Ice Talon invasion destroys everything? The narrative ranges from a charming and humorous account of owl chick childhood to thrilling battles to deep, personal tragedy and spiritual renewal. There are also subtle messages about tolerance and respect for individuality. Other characters from the series make appearances, including Ezylryb's lost mate Lil, his friend and companion; blind nest-maid snake Octavia; and Thora, a female owl blacksmith. Owl languages, songs, and legends add depth and realism to the fantasy. Fans of Ga'Hoole will welcome this new adventure.—Elaine E. Knight, formerly at Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

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Lasky continues her best-selling Guardians of Ga’Hoole series with another skillfully crafted fantasy that imagines the lives of owls. In this volume, owlet Lyze tells his own story, beginning with his confusion after he pecks through his shell and begins his life. In his accounts of both youthful joys and increasingly dramatic adventures as his Northern Kingdom fends off a guerilla-like army, this small screech owl emerges as a courageous thinker and fighter for his fellow creatures. Lasky’s turns of phrase and fully developed emotional lives for her owl characters allow the story to speak some mature truths to young readers without veering into didactic territory, and footnotes including interesting and unobtrusive information further develop Lyze’s personality without interrupting the flow of his tale. A wonderful family read-aloud as well as a compulsively readable addition for young fantasy and naturalist fans. Grades 4-7. --Francisca Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: Guardians Of Ga'hoole (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545509785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545509787
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By OneMoreThing TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2013
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Kathryn Lasky writes beautifully and has a real talent for the heroic. This book is no exception. My son has loved her books since he was in third grade (he starts seventh grade in two weeks), and he hangs on every word. This prequel is told from the point of view of Soren's great mentor, Ezylryb, and it is everything my son and I wanted it to be.

LOVE this.
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To be honest, I wasn't expecting to like this. I loved the series as a child ,but my opinions change. In fact, I didn't really enjoy the last book I reread. Several aspects prevented me from liking this.

I actually felt sympathy for Tantya Hanja. Not only is she mostly avoided for poor reasons, but she got blamed for another owl's sudden death. (The owl was old; shouldn't that little fact take the blame?) What made me like her is the fact that she dealt with it. If she had whined, I wouldn't have felt sorry for her. However, she seemed to ignore this fact. I kind of liked Thora since I've read Lost Tales of Ga` Hoole. I liked Lilium because, she remained sharp until the moment she died. Kathyrn Lasky did a good job at depicting several faces of war instead of one.

Even though there is quite a few things to dislike, I'll spend two paragraphs on this. The description for Ulfa's eye wound made me not want to let a child read this. Sure it wasn't very detailed, but that's still a gruesome sight. In fact, that could potentially scare a kid. Also, all of the gratuitous and unnecessary violence caused the aforementioned reaction. Some of the zany things I read made me think she mustn't think too highly of her audiences. A snow leopard knocking a bear senseless? Snow leopards working with owls? Either the child has a diehard fan or exceedingly doltish to buy that. I think she should have done more research. While most of it's true and other parts might be true, a few things are erroneous. (I can only remember one instance. Forgive me.) Owls take ten hours to vomit a pellet and I'm pretty sure that that's not a quick amount of time.
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I am glad Kathryn Lasky didn't end the series. This is a great add on to any owl or wolf lovers collection of books. This book is geat and it really does describe Ezlryb's past along with his other adventures.
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Kathryn Lasky have this perfect mix between fact and fiction where the reader wonders if the fiction is true or the facts are fiction. In this, let say, prequel, of the Guardians, much is reveled about the snakes, Ezylryb, and the war itself. We can know why Ezylryb has this aversion to the war, and all the battler gear itself. The discovery of the importance of the weather and the variety of skills off all the participants in the war defines the future of the shaws. Another world is explored: the snakes'world. And a subtle world is presented: the egg itself. The perceptions of the chicks inside the eggs are amazing. I like it a lot and if i haven't given the whole 5 was because I consider the Ezylryb's brother confession at the end "out of the blue". I will continue buying her Ga'Hoole books till she decides to stop writing them.
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This is a story which needed to be told and I am so glad the author did. I have the whole of the series and could only guess at this back story. Excellent book by an awesome writer. Those who have her other books will love this one . It pulls so many pieces together. Can't recommend it enough. I always wondered how Lyze met Octavia. Don't wonder any longer.
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It was pretty cool.
Kinda boring during 'the cadet moons'
I think the story dragged on at times, and didn't make sense. Still a have for the series though. If you don't want to read it on the other hand, or are debating between it and another book, it didn't reveal as much as you'd think
Just my opinion though
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I am so happy I preordered this one. Kathryn Lasky brought back the guardian series very well, digging into the history of a well loved owl. The emotions are very well conveyed. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the guardian series. Well done, Lasky.
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I'm a fan of this series and to get this book is a great addition to the book series.
I like owls and watching them on webcams.
I just started reading it.
A well written book with action and mystery.
Like the other Guardians of Ga'Hoole, I compare this book with the Wolves of the Beyond series.
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