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Owl in Love

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,094 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews

I am in love with Mr. Lindstrom, my science teacher. I found out where he lives and every night I perch on a tree branch outside his bedroom window and watch him sleep. He sleeps in his underwear: Fruit of the Loom, size 34.

Owl Tycho, the shape-shifting daughter of "simple witches", is a high school student by day and owl by night. When her nightly vigil over her science

Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 7th 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 25th 1993)
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Dec 24, 2008 R.J. rated it really liked it
This book is quirky, unique, and surprisingly touching. I wondered how the author was going to pull off the were-owl aspect, but as Kindl seems to have created a sort of alternate Earth where magic is possible and shapeshifting occasionally crops up in families, it wasn't nearly as farfetched (in terms of the story's internal logic, that is) as I'd thought. Certainly Kindl does an excellent job of conveying Owl's detached, alien perspective on human life while still making her a sympathetic char ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Mariel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: don't stand so close to me
Recommended to Mariel by: I will fowl you
I really liked this. Displacement and confusion as fairytale with the food chain as the (animal) kingdom. Owl in Love is about a girl/owl named Owl. She's in uncomfortable skin that is not her own when she's a girl or bird. As a bird she's still torn between worlds based on new longings, and more predatory urges. Her parents are straight-up bird. I felt she was more bird than girl in a different way (less nesting and more free flying), and somehow felt closer to her birdish thoughts than human o ...more
Mar 26, 2010 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fantasy, mooched
Maybe some of you may recall my tweet about this book being a creeper. I still stand by that tweet. I will say, I did warm up to Owl In Love a bit, but definitely feel a little too old for it. Owl In Love by Patrice Kindl is about this 14 year old girl named Owl who is -get this- a wereowl. She has a creeper crush on her teacher Mr. Lindstrom, who is pushing mid-forties, and somewhat balding. Basically she turns into an owl and watches him from the window. I know gross, right! Anyhoo, I spent mo ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Kellyann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Patrice Kindl is my new favorite writer. This was the oddest book I've read lately, which is saying something. A girl with witchy parents can change into an owl. Is head-over-heels in love with her science teacher (who shares the same last name as my cute college zoology professor, funnily enough). Struggles with trying to fit in with classmates when she can't even eat human food. And more . . .

Dark and funny. Strangely sensual.
Rachel Brown
Jul 25, 2012 Rachel Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I am in love with Mr. Lindstrom, my science teacher. I found out where he lives and every night I perch on a tree branch outside his bedroom window and watch him sleep. He sleeps in his underwear: Fruit of the Looms, size 34.

Owl Tycho is a fourteen-year-old girl who can turn into an owl, or
perhaps an owl who can turn into a girl. She’s not just a girl with
magic powers: she looks a little like an owl in human form, her blood
is black and her skin is grayish, and she lives on a diet of mice and
May 18, 2014 DL rated it did not like it
I had a long drive ahead of me and stopped in a used bookstore where I bought this book based on the title. I really have to stop doing that. The drive was boring; my 15 year old handed me the book and said, "Read." She hasn't done that in years. So I read. By the time I hit chapter 5 the entire car full of relatives was begging me to stop reading "that creepy, stalker book" with an underage girl who has a crush on her 40 some year old teacher and is encouraged by the parents. I skipped to the l ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
What an unexpected little gem!

Owl in love manages to be a fully fraught supernatural teenage romance without spilling over into maudlin self-importance. Just the right amount of humor -- Not parody. Though there is some similarity to Switchers, Kindl tells a delightful story and I would happily read more by her.

"Owls are not house-proud. The almost obsessive tidiness of this room made me uneasy. A few rotting branches or some old leaves would have made the place look a lot homier, in my opinion.
May 28, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

an utterly unique and charming fantasy.
owl is a weird owl raised by two witch parents
who are just a little eccentric. they have named
their daughter owl and have helped her best
they can in her growing up to be a healthy

owl is in love with her 40 year old science
teacher. she spends much of her time perched
on a tree outside his bedroom window at night,
spying on him. (ha!) but then she noticed a boy
who is lurking near her teacher's home, and a
mystery begins to unravel for owl.

First Second Books
I was just looking through some opening chapters for various YA books at the library. I ended up taking this home and reading it almost non-stop. Immediately endearing, peculiar, and oddly real for a story of a girl wereowl… I want to read more Patrice Kindl.
"I am Owl. It is my name as well as my nature. There are birds of prey in my family going back hundreds of years ..."

Every time I reread this book, I fall in love with its voice all over again.
This books is entirely different from other shapeshifter-stories. Owl, the fourteen-year-old heroine, is really more bird of prey than human girl. She has black blood and therefore greyish skin, a heart-shaped face featuring large yellow eyes and feathery hair ending in a widow's peak. She does not eat human food, because she cannot digest it without losing her dual nature (after trying a sandwich she was not able to take off for days). Instead she hunts at night and eats yummy rats, mice and ha ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to re-read Owl in Love since it has been 5 or 6 years since the last time I re-read it, and I've changed and grown a lot as a reader. The beginning of the book is really rocky as it is just the main character giving the premise of the book with some short stories about what's "happened" so far. Owl, the main character, is a wereowl who falls in love with her science teacher. My favorite thing about the book is how Kindl portrays Owl's love. She has these unattractive descriptions of he ...more
Sep 20, 2008 George rated it liked it
I think it needs explanation why I read this. The only excuse I can find, is that I read the word "were-owl" on the back and was made curious. Even when I started reading it, found out about the crush this thirteen year old girl had on her forty-something teacher, and, worse, that it was actually a teenage girl read, I still couldn't get myself to stop reading.

Actually, for the first time in a while, I was compelled to read a book when reading Owl in Love. That's not to say its exceptional. It's
Sarah Sammis
Oct 04, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
Shelves: pc, read-in-2012
I bought Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl on a complete whim. It turns out to be the author's debut novel. In it, Owl Tycho, an owl "by name and by nature" spends her days as a teenage girl and her evenings as a barn owl (Tyto alba).

Her name is so similar to what she becomes, that one can just imagine the other characters in the book doing a double take whenever Owl is first introduced. Owl, though, has other obsessions — namely her science teacher who is more than twice her age. Why he intrigues he
Kristina Marie
Mar 10, 2009 Kristina Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009

This is Patrice Kindl's first Young Adult novel, and it shows. Her main character, Owl, thinks, talks, and acts like no teenager. Her plot begins slow, never fully develops, and has an insufficient, speedy wrap-up. The story describes a few brief weeks in the life of Owl, who is a shape-shifter and transforms every night into her namesake. She spends her owl-time gazing at her science teacher while he sleeps. She thinks he is her mate for life, if only NY laws allowed this. Her parents support t
Nov 11, 2008 Hope rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
This was a fresh, fast-paced, and charming little book. Owl seems a little "autistic spectrum" and that mostly worked for me. The only problem I had with the book was the sections which were about Houle's experiences at the institution. It wasn't clear to me that they were flashbacks, so it felt like they were running in current time, parallel to Owl's experiences. Really, that stuff was what brought him into her life but wasn't current. Confusing. I had a few unanswered questions about why he w ...more
Afton Nelson
Apr 28, 2012 Afton Nelson rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Fifteen-year-old Owl's crush on her 40-something science teacher is so sincere, so ardent, I couldn't help but admiring her devotion. She had a kind of Anne Shirley way of describing things--romanticizing the hole in her love's battered shoe and the rumpled tweed jacket he sports. And at first the fact that she watches him every night as he sleeps seems a little creepy, until you realize she's doing it perched on a branch outside his window in between hunting for mice and voles. Owl is an owl. O ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Tintaglia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Che strano, strano romanzo! Non l'ho amato quanto Goose Chase, ma come non omaggiare con quattro stellozze l'abilità di Patrice Kindl nel farci sentire la voce di una protagonista completamente fuori dalla norma (e non poco inquietante, aggiungerei), ben lontana dalle sciaquette slavate che imperversano negli YA di questi tempi?
...voglio Keeping the Castle! ç.ç
Apr 30, 2013 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
A lovely book indeed - Owl, girl by day and shape-shifting bird of prey by night (although she can shift shapes any time really) is in love with Mr. Lindstrom, her science teacher and assumes that she will have to suffer the slings and arrows of unrequited passion, keeping watch over him at night in his Fruit of the Loom underwear from a perch outside his home. But that all changes when a mysterious intruder, a boy, lurking around Mr. Lindstrom, appears and Owl finds herself unsure who she is re ...more
Book Review Team
Feb 04, 2008 Book Review Team rated it did not like it
This book is mainly about a girl who is in love with her teacher. She says that she turns into an owl at night and is a normal girl in the morning. Except for her owl-like features (you can picture it). This book is bad because it is so weird. It's like one of your friends turning into a cat and jumping out a window to catch a bird(...weird I know). It is not realistic. I don't like it!!!!!!!! - AMR
Adele Griffin
Jun 06, 2010 Adele Griffin rated it really liked it
read this years ago and just pulled it out to reread because it's so haunting. The voice is quirky, almost bizarre, but charming, and the magical realism is subtle and strange. It's a beautiful book, it inspired me as a young writer, it holds up as a modern classic.
Sep 24, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
The editing needs work but everything else in this book was terrific. Owl is a wereowl--a 15 year old girl who turns into a raptor at night and hunts for mice. She gets sick if she eats human food. Owl's real problem, is that she's in love with her biology teacher and sits outside his window every night, pining. She gets regularly harassed by another barn own, a male with no manners and, at school, she's begun her first human friendship with her lab partner, Dawn.

The only problem with the plot w
Jan 16, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
Just love it! She's a wereowl, and she's madly in love with her middle-aged teacher. It's smart and charming and bittersweet all at once!
Sep 21, 2007 elissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: magical realism fans
Kindl is a very unique writer. I was blown away by this simple story and the telling of it.
Feb 05, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
Owl Tycho, age 14, is not your average teen. Her parents make a modest living selling magic potions from their back door, and thanks to a unique blend of magic genes, Owl is a wereowl. When she’s not attending school with her unsuspecting human classmates, she takes nightly flights around the woods and spends long evenings perched outside the window of Mr. Lindstrom, her science teacher and long-time secret crush. While watching over her beloved’s home one evening, she spies a strange boy lurkin ...more
Kasey Jueds
Aug 15, 2011 Kasey Jueds rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kasey by: Laurie
Shelves: young-adult
This is one of the most charming YA books I've ever read, and definitely not like anything else. It's quirky and sweet in equal parts, which is one of the things that really makes it work (without the sweetness, I think the quirkiness would be just too much, and without the quirkiness, the sweetness would be icky). I especially love Owl, the narrator, as a character; she's 14 but talks like a pedantic 50-year-old, and she has a developmentally normal crush on her science teacher, a bizarre but l ...more
Simay Yildiz
Apr 08, 2011 Simay Yildiz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-like

I've been thinking about how to review this book, but I was mostly drawing blanks, so I'll just type it as it comes... I haven't read too much YA fiction, but I must say this was very, very different from those that I did read. That's something to be appreciated, but it just didn't work for me. Maybe it's because I'm way too old for this book, I don't know, but I didn't feel any connection with Owl. Honestly, mostly she just creeped me out...

Owl's a 14-yea
3.5 stars



Were-owls are cool. I mean, they get the full benefits of being human (long life, air conditioning, chocolate) while still getting to fly around. Wheee!

Look at this beauty!

Sadly, 14 year-old Owl isn't this kind of were owl. You see, Owl can't eat human food: it makes her loose her ability to fly. (No chocolate... D: ) That means she has to be a girl by day, and a mouse-hunting owl by night.

There's more: Owl is an isolated girl and has no friends; everyone thinks she is a complete weirdo. And sh
Jan 11, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
Owl in love is the title of the book and the name of the author is Patrice Kindl.The main characters were owl and his parents, Houel(David),mr. Lindstrom, and Dawn and his family. What was most challenging in the book was when Owl wasn't happy when she saw her firend Dawn was not really to be trusted any more cause she know she wanted Mr. Lindstrom and she was the first person to tell her she likes him. But now Dawn was trying to get Mr. Lindstrom attention to her that make Owl unhappy and it wa ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Lauraandfrogger rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. I read it once as a teenager and again as an adult and I still love it. This book is simply about growing up... and in its defense yes, I know that the main character has a crush on her nasty old teacher at the beginning of the book, but that's the whole point of the 'growing up' part! Because she had no friends due to her owlish nature, she simply didn't have an appropriate person to crush on and I imagine that the teacher was one of the only people who talked ...more
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