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The Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture by Katherine Lasky
This book is the first book in a series that features all species of owls as the primary characters. The reader is first introduced to the Barn Owl Soren who lives in a nest with his brother, sister and parents. The owlets learn about the legends of Ga'Hoole and enjoy special owl ceremonies like "First Meat" and "First Fur". When Soren falls out of the nest while his parents are hunting, he is snatched by the evil owls of St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls and taken there. The chicks there are "moonblinked" (brainwashed) and serve some mysterious purpose for which Soren and his friend, the Elf Owl Gylfie, try to decipher as they wait for their feathers to come in which may allow them to escape and warn others. The reading of this book on CD is wonderful. Reader Pamela Garelick is able to switch voices between characters effortlessly and each is unique and distinguishable. I would recommend listening to this one in the car! This series of now 11 titles would be suitable for both girls and boys in grades 4-8 who enjoy fantastical adventures. Chock full of owl behaviour as well, owl enthusiasts would also enjoy to follow this original tale.

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