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The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #1)

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Author Kathryn Lasky lays the groundwork for an owlish tale of good versus evil in this first adventurous installment of Guardians of Ga'Hoole.

After little Soren, a barn owl, finds himself pushed out of Mum and Da's nest, he's captured by two ruthless hench-birds and taken to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Now a mere owl slave to r

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Published May 1st 2006 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published June 1st 2003)
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Lego Robot Ninja
Nov 04, 2011 Lego Robot Ninja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my best friend Luke
Mum: How many stars would you give this?

LRN: I think a solid five. It was very good; better than the movie even.

Mum: So what happens in this book?

LRN: Soren is pushed out of his hollow by his brother, Kludd.

Mum: Ugh, that's an ugly name.

LRN: I know. It's a bad name. No, two ds.

Mum: So what else?

LRN: Then he's taken off to St Aegolios, academy for orphaned owls. And there are six rooms. One of them is Pelletireum, which is disgusting, actually.

Mum: Why is it disgusting?

LRN: They have to pick o
I blush to admit that I had not head of the Lasky's series until the movie brought it to my attention. My husband and I had just finished one of Kenneth Oppel's "Silverwing" books when we saw the trailer for this adorable and very cool-looking owl movie. So, when I found out it was based on a book, it seemed only natural to transition from reading about bats to owls! ;-)

"The Capture" was a real surprise for me. I was expecting something cute and fun and adventuresome. Instead, I got something mu
Jun 25, 2009 L. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like these books, but I didn't. I trudged through three volumes before I told my daughter that we needed to find something else to read. A few points:

1. The world building is inconsistent and poorly thought out. If, in this post-human world, stone castles are little more than tumbled ruins, how would any barn have survived well enough for barn owls to associate themselves with them? And why would they anyway? The inexplicable knowledge of the owls regarding human buildings is strange
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Aug 10, 2008 ▀▄♫₪♦♥♣I lEaRnT FiRsT AiDs ♫₪♦ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to ▀▄♫₪♦♥♣I lEaRnT FiRsT AiDs ♫₪♦ by: FLEUR
OH MY GOSH!. This book is so cool. If you like owls you have to read this!!.

Its about a barn owl called SOREN who gets kidnapped and gets taken to an orphanage.Then he meets a friend called GYLFIE. In their memories they meet a fully mature owl who has pretended to be kidnapped to save baby egg owls. HORTENSE, the mature owl sits at the highest point of the orphanage and rolls owl eggs to eagles. The eagles take the eggs back to the owl kingdom where they will hatch and be safe. But when HORTEN
A traditional kids-against-the-world story done in a very original way. The characters in this story are all owls. They start off very young and innocent and are forced to grow up very quickly when some evil owls take advantage of them. It turns into the beginning of an epic adventure which takes another 14 books to complete.

The book is a nice stepping-stone between first readers and young-adult fiction in reading difficulty, as well as in plot complexity and concepts. I think older grade school
Originally read in...sometime between 2008 and 2010.
Reread in 2016.

This review is for the first three books (The Capture, The Journey, The Rescue)

Hahahaha, oh my gods, this brings back so many memories. I was super into these books when I was 9 or 10 years old. Can't believe I forgot about them. I remember really enjoying them, and feeling nostalgic I decided to reread the series. I was really nervous that I wouldn't like them anymore because it's been so many years. I worried for nothing. They
Oct 31, 2010 Truly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waspadalah...! Ada Penenculikan Anak-anak di Dunia Burung Hantu

Upacara Tulang Pertama
Upacara Bulu Pertama
Upacara Daging Pertama
Upacara Terbang Pertama
Upacara Ular Pertama
Sebagian jenis upacara yang harus dilalui oleh para burung hantu dalam kehidupannya

Ternyata tidak hanya manusia yang perlu mewaspadai penculikan. Burung hantu juga! Tengok saja nasib Soren. Soren diculik dan dibawa ke tempat yang bernama Sekolah untuk Burung Hantu Yatim Piatu. Padahal ia masih memiliki orang dua dan dua saudar
Sep 14, 2010 Nura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-mine
Di sini, burung hantu kerap diidentikkan dengan keberadaan makhluk halus. Di India bahkan suara burung hantu merupakan pertanda akan datangnya kematian. Tapi dalam mitologi Yunani, Athena digambarkan dengan simbol burung hantu yang melambangkan pengetahuan dan kebijaksanaan. Dikatakan bahwa jika ada burung hantu yang terbang berputar di atas pasukan yang sedang berperang, maka dipastikan pasukan tersebut akan menang. Makanya Troy berhasil dikalahkan kali ya. Atw si Athena emang sebel aja gara-ga ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Lartemis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book, even though it is a children's novel because I saw a preview for the movie, Guardians of Ga'Hoole. The movie has the most amazing animation, I know I'll want to see it. Often the book for these children's movies are so much better than the movie, so I decided I'd give it a whirl. After getting past the reader's various owl voices, some of which are quite overdone, I really enjoyed the book.

It truly is a social commentary on the world and the evil in it...and the good. Much it
Jan 24, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is series is one instance when I have no problem being a gushing lolly-daydream. It might also just be the root of my love affair with the avian section in the bloom of my youth. Blood-letting beaks and flesh-lacerating talons.
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Yes, it's scandalous. But the honest thing to do.

Arielle Walker
May 02, 2016 Arielle Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-so-long-ago
I used to love these books... Alongside the series about bats, and the series about cats. I guess I had a theme going...
Sep 26, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the Mom of a seven year old girl, I struggle to find "appropriate" books for us to read together. She reads her own books, geared toward her reading level, but we always try to have a book that I read to her on the our plate. These books are typically for older kids, but I feel exposing her to ideas and words beyond her reading level can only do her good! My struggle is... I am tired of princesses and fairies! She would never admit to it, but I have a sneaking suspicion she is tired of them t ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In anticipation of the upcoming movie based on Kathryn Lasky’s GUARDIANS OF GA’HOOLE series, Scholastic has re-released the first book in the series, The Capture. Being an owl fan, I of course had to give it a try! Lasky is clearly following in Richard Adams’ footsteps here, what with her invented owl words and the mixture of animal behavior and very human social commentary. The Capture is less intense than Watership Down in terms of both reading level and violence level, however, and would be s ...more
Sher A. Hart
Dec 14, 2011 Sher A. Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
I was disappointed that the book didn't really complete the story, but that's the only real fault I found. I had trouble at first with the amount of anthropomorphism in the owl characters, but they were well developed and I was quickly caught up in the story of Soren, a young owl orphaned and then kidnapped. The author made Soren's struggle to keep his identity and escape into an engaging plot that any child who has ever felt helpless and unloved will relate to.

The message of facing fears with c
Steven R. McEvoy
I loved the movie when I saw it, but the books had been on my to-be-read list for a long time. Now that I have read the first one, I know I will need to read them all in short order, as these books are so much better than the movie. The depth of character and the progress in the book is amazing. There is so much detail and specifics that it was wonderful to read. I am usually leery of reading books about films I liked, in part because the books are often different and you get comfortable with wh ...more
Burung hantu identik dengan hal-hal yang menyeramkan, mungkin karena jenis burung ini hanya beraktifitas di malam hari dengan suaranya yang menyeramkan bagaikan hantu tak heran burung ini muncul di kisah-kisah horror, penyihir, atau kisah-kisah seram lainnya. Beberapa film atau drama horror tak jarang menggunakan burung hantu dan memperdengarkan suaranya agar menimbulkan kesan mistis dan seram pada adegannya.

Kita tentu masih ingat bagaimana sebuah acara TV “The Master” menampilkan sosok magicia
Lars Guthrie
Aug 09, 2009 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasant surprise. I've been telling a young reader I will get to this; now that I have I wish I had done so sooner. I guess I expected something more run-of-the-mill, where Lasky's easy-to-read page-turner, about an heroic owlet who stands up to systematic thought control, is really quite profound. It makes me want to recommend 'Animal Farm' and 'Watership Down' to that young reader. And to read the next in the series. A couple of Lasky's insights:

'…[T:]he sweetest taste in the world…was
Mar 24, 2014 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ένα συγκινητικό και πολύ τρυφερό βιβλίο. Ένα βιβλίο ταξίδι στην ενηλικίωση και στην συνειδητοποίηση ότι ότι και να γίνει πρέπει να έχεις πίστη, πίστη και ελπίδα ότι και στο χειρότερο σκοτάδι θα βρεις ανθρωπιά και καλοσύνη, μα κυρίως πίστη στον εαυτό σου. Όλοι μπορούν να πετάξουν αρκεί να το πιστεύουν. Μα κυρίως όλοι αξίζουν ελευθερία, ελευθερία να σκέφτονται, να επιλέγουν, να πράττουν και να ονειρεύονται...

"Αυτό που άφηνε την πιο γλυκά γεύση στο στόμα ήταν η ερώτηση. Ένας κόσμος που ξεκινούσε με
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Joan Stradling for

Born in the peaceful forest of Tyto, Soren the barn owl looks forward to a life of eating bugs and learning to fly, but evil forces have another plan for the owls.

When Soren is captured and taken to a mysterious place known as St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, he discovers the orphanage has a darker purpose. With the help of his friend, Gylfie, they set out to uncover the truth and find a way to escape.

Unfortunately, the only way out is up, an
Why I read this: When I heard this was being turned into a movie, I figured it was time to read it. We have the series at my school library and when I got offered a new cool looking paperback from the publisher, I dug right into it.

Plot: Amazing. Definitely a great start to what is now a 13 book series (WOW, what have I gotten myself into?) and I can see that this series will be full of adventure. I felt like the pacing was right on and definitely a great adventure that my students will be diggi
Mar 27, 2011 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We had watched The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole and found it to be a terrible movie. So out of morbid curiosity I decided to pick up the first book and see if there was anything at all redeeming in the series. Well for a plus I can say that the movie completely diverges from the book. But that is about the only plus I can give it. The writing style is horrible, and I will not cut it any slack for being a kid's book. The speech that is coming from the owl does not match with what adjective is ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one. go watch the movie
Shelves: 2012, fantasy, reviewed
The movie was so much better.

There are a lot of potentially exciting events in this story, but the writing style is so amateur and flat that I was practically bored to tears reading this. There are also a lot of weird things about St. Aggies and the songs were...interesting. It was like she was trying to make a complex novel like Game of Thrones or something but over simplified it or didn't know how to correctly go about it.

I understand that this is supposed to be a children's novel, but I've
Sam Whitehouse
Like Watership Down, i doubted how enjoyable i would find a book told from the perspective of animals. And, like Watership Down, i was proven completely wrong. Kathryn Lasky has created a rich world in the Ga'hoole series and it works. Her characters, despite being owls, are extremely well developed and each has a distinct personality. The plot is exciting and there is plenty of action and adventure to please both young and older readers. It's not a very long book, but the quality of the writing ...more
Apr 21, 2008 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves owls or has read the warrior cat books
Recommended to Caitlin by: Mom and dad
Summary: Soren, a young barn owl, is thrust from his nest by his evil brother, Kludd. Things couldn’t get worse, but they do: he is picked up by another owl and flown to St Aegolius’ Academy for Orphaned Owls. Many owlets are at this strange place, but why? Thus begins a quest to learn how to escape his prison. He meets Gylfie, Twilight and Digger along the way. Together the four owls determine to fight the evil of St Aggies. They must find help at from the guardians of Ga’Hoole at the Great Ga’ ...more
Juliana Rodrigues
What a adorable book.
Soren and Gylfie became friends after being take to the Saint Aggie's school. A place where they learn that the world is more cruel than they knew.
Through their friendship and willpower they will try to stay owls and to discover a way to get out of this terrible place.
Soren and Gylfie are great characters and they learn and grow a lot through the story.
The book deals with tough points in a true way, but in using owls as characters even the younger ones can relate with the is
Jan 24, 2015 Wendy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ryan
Ryan's teacher is reading this one in his 3rd grade class and he seems to really like it. I'll have to get more in this series for him!
Dec 21, 2010 Uci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bagi saya, yang paling menarik dari buku ini adalah tokoh-tokohnya. Di sela-sela kisah petualangan, berbagai jenis burung hantu dijelaskan lengkap dengan ciri-ciri fisik dan sifat-sifat mereka. Rupanya sebelum datang ide untuk membuat novel fantasi dengan burung tokoh hantu ini, Lasky awalnya bermaksud membuat buku non-fiksi tentang kehidupan burung hantu. Pantas saja Lasky sangat fasih bicara tentang burung malam ini.

Ide yang bagus menurut saya, mengenalkan kehidupan binatang lewat cerita fant
Mar 25, 2015 Rhea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just plain odd. The first half of the book was alright enough, given that it's targeted audience is children, and featured the typical 'getting separated from parents, all alone' kind of thing that can be entertaining when well written. Although the writing was extremely poor, the concept of using owls as the main characters of the books made it very much readable, at least for people like me who enjoy reading books set in nature. However, despite this theme carrying on throughout ...more
Jun 19, 2010 Bee-Man rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ini baru keren, fantasy, bisa dibilang epic-fantasy... tp tokoh utamanya burung hantu.... Hampir sama dengan kisah2 fantasy lainnya, Soren jg sgt menginspirasi, jangan pernah merasa minder akan kekurangan dari latar belakang yg kita miliki... Someday we can be hero... atleast for our self.
Noah Buhrow
Jan 15, 2014 Noah Buhrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Capture was a good book, and I have read the entire series once already. (The movie is nowhere near as good as the books.) The story starts in the Forest of Tyto, where a family of Barn owls, tyto alba, live on top of a fir tree. Soren and Kludd, the male children, are beginning their branching, or learning to fly. Someone pushes Soren out of their hollow and he falls to the ground, which is never a good place for an owl that cannot fly. Soren is then grabbed by an owl from a place called St ...more
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 15: The War of the Ember, was released on November 1, 2008. Guardians of Gahoo ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Guardians of Ga'Hoole (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Journey (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #2)
  • The Rescue (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #3)
  • The Siege (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #4)
  • The Shattering (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #5)
  • The Burning (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #6)
  • The Hatchling (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #7)
  • The Outcast (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #8)
  • The First Collier (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #9)
  • The Coming of Hoole (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #10)
  • To Be a King (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #11)

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“Legends were not only for the desperate. Legends were for the brave. (Soren)” 99 likes
“They did not hear Grimble, as he lay dying, chant in the true voice of the Boreal Owl, in tones like chimes in the night, an ancient owl prayer, “I have redeemed myself by giving belief to the wings of the young. Blessed are those who believe, for indeed they shall fly." 71 likes
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