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Owl in Love Hardcover – October 25, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

"I am Owl. It is my name as well as my nature," announces the droll heroine of this highly original first novel. By night Owl, a shapeshifter, assumes her owl form, but by day she is an "ordinary girl (more or less)" who goes to high school. An everyday affliction overtakes her, however: she is in love with her science teacher, Mr. Lindstrom. Kindl's first-person narration shifts expertly back and forth between the perspective of a bird and that of an adolescent misfit making the first attempts at human friendship. The reader takes flight with Owl as she hunts for mice and rabbits, moons around outside Mr. Lindstrom's window and savors the life of a free owl. Owl's love for Mr. Lindstrom is, of course, ill-fated but, in an ironic and superbly imagined twist, Owl is destined for a truly happy ending. Kindl's prose is remarkably even in its wit, one of many virtues in this tautly plotted and touching novel. Ages 10-14.
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Owl, 14, is charmingly offbeat; she hangs out at night in a tree near the home of her one love--science teacher Mr. Lindstrom. What makes her nocturnal vigils relatively easy is that she's a ``wereowl'' whose nightly transformation ruffles her feathers no more than does her diet of rodents. Wereowls run in the family, so Owl is comfortable with her identity, though the efforts demanded by her one-sided love are wearing her a bit ragged. When she observes a boy lurking near Mr. Lindstrom's home, the stage is set for shedding the schoolgirl crush for a more transcendent romance. Owl's perspective is no birdbrained view; readers are soon solidly immersed in her wild, wise, and witty ways. Lofty phrasing, wry self-awareness, and passionate musings frame and fill a delightful first-person narration. Owl's quaint parents play several scenes for humor and have foibles enough to complete Owl's typical teenage alienation. The tidying up at the end is a little overneat and abbreviated; otherwise, an unusually strong and original first novel. (Fiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 25, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395661625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395661628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Owl in Love takes some familiar YA stories and makes them completely new! Like the best in children's fantasy, the magical elements are treated matter-of-factly and mundanely-- making them stand out in even greater relief.
Owl is a wereowl-- girl by day, owl by night. She perches on a tree outside of her science teacher's house and pines for him. Her witch parents are worried, because Owl isn't doing enough hunting. (what a great detail-- her parents are like any concerned parents anywhere, except their lives don't really belong to 20th century America). Kids sometimes tease Owl because they rarely see her eat (she's been known to bring mouse sandwiches to school, though).
Owl finally does make a friend, and this both enriches and complicates her life. The book wraps itself up delightfully-- Owl gets over her crush in a satisfying and original way (hint: the science teacher has a tragic secret involving a child...) and Owl learns she can trust her friend with her secret.
The book's originality and magic had me laughing and marvelling, but the story of a misfit-- a girl with talents that both make her interesting and set her apart-- is one that lots of kids can relate to. Heck, lots of adults. This book is full of charm and insight and is a terrific read.
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You've seen them around. Those weird kids, as a lot of people would call them. The ones who don't act "normal", don't dress "normal", or is "just plain freaky" because they aren't something you are. My friend Bobby would call them freaks of nature, but let's not get into that.

Well, what if that weird kid was more than meets the eye? Sure, Owl, at 14, eats real (albeit dead) rats in her sandwiches, but who would have thought that she lived up to her namesake as a were-owl? And we thought her parents were just down-and-out hippies. Well, they are, sort of. Anyways, her eating rats in public don't go over too well with that elite popular crowd, but she doesn't care because she found her mate: her science teacher. Every night, she stalks-er, watches- her-harumph!-love from a tree. In her owl form, of course, or else she'd look like an idiot perched on that thingy. But all that changes when the new owl in town flies over the cuckoo's nest...

A really good story for the kid who always didn't feel "normal" or "didn't fit in". Try being the kid who REALLY didn't fit in or ISN'T normal.
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Format: Paperback
Owl is different. Her name is strange, her facial shape is strange, her food is strange (i mean, it consists of mice and rodents!) She's just plain different. And as much as she tries to hide it, either by secretly squeezing mice into her sandwiches or by making no contact with regular human children, she knows she is a wereowl, not human. A shape shifter. Different. And what makes it all worse is that she's in love. That's the real way to complicate a young adolescent's life still more, and Owl for one takes hers very seriously. Her infatuated crush may seem a little stange to readers, but Owl is plainly smitten with her thirty-something-year-old science teacher, Mr. Linstrom. And to tie the plot through, Owl finds that there is a strange lunatic boy hanging around her darling Mr. Linstrom's house. And the plot thickens.
Overall, Owl's uncanny strangeness, cool descriptions, and overall imaginative plot, you'll find this book and interesting read, despite the fact that the book is cute, fun, and interesting, rather than interllectually stimulating.
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Although "Owl in Love" was not the best fantasy story I've ever read, it did have some creative elements and turned out to be a rather enjoyable read.

Obviously, nothing about 14-year-old Owl is normal. Not only does she look strange and is passionately in love with her forty-year-old science teacher, but she is also a wereowl (meaning she can transform into an owl at will).

If you can get past the first few pages or so, which really are quite creepy and a little disorienting, this book does not turn out to be too bad. It is very predictable; the story does not hide its secrets very well. It's also a very short read that you can get through in a couple of hours.

But, it's a story from a new perspective. The concept of a girl who is mostly owl was a fresh and interesting one...after you get past the initial shock of her first descriptions, this book does actually turn out okay with a nicely wrapped-up ending.

Kelli

Future Star
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By A Customer on February 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I really thought this book was quite good...it includes all the great problems and joys of being a wereowl. However, one thing I must say about this book is that you begin to find the crush on her teacher a bit shallow once you are into the book. Also, I solved it before the ending, but I enjoyed reading it, because I found the characters, and their problems quite well written out. Memorable characters include her parents, who are weird wiccan(perhaps)/hippies who live in a shack at the edge of the forest. Also, I found the teacher an interesting character towards the end. I would reccomend this book to those new to lite fantasy, or were-books.
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