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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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Nov 04, 2011 Lego Robot Ninja rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
▀▄♫₪♦♥♣I lEaRnT FiRsT AiDs ♫₪♦
Aug 10, 2008 ▀▄♫₪♦♥♣I lEaRnT FiRsT AiDs ♫₪♦ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
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.

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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
Lars Guthrie
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...more
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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
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
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
When I saw the trailer for the movie, I really wanted to read the book. I'm a nut for books that are made into movies, especially if the book is fantastic.

This book is not fantastic.

Don't get me wrong. This is a good book. It tells the story of Soren, a young barn owl that is taken to a school for orphaned owls and his escape from the school.

The thing that made this book somewhat annoying to read is that Lasky made up a bunch of words. It wasn't hard to figure out what they meant, but it got ol...more
Mr. Graham
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There are a lot of animal fantasies on the shelves; authors constantly competing to create worlds with anthropomorphic creatures that talk and think. This series did it right, and it will always be one of my favorites.

Soren is a Barn Owl, hatched in the Forest of Tyto, in a world where human beings are only a mysterious memory from the past. But Soren's comfortable nest life is short-lived; somehow, he falls from the nest he shares with his fierce older brother Kludd and sweet sister Eglantine,...more
A long while ago, when I first heard about the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, I thought I could never feel interested enough in owls to want to read an entire fiction book about them.

Then we saw the preview for the new movie coming out and I found the first book (of fifteen) at the thrift store. I decided to take a chance and read it out loud to my seven and a half year old son. I was astonished, first of all, by how into it HE was, but near the middle, by how much I was into it myself! Our main...more
Murphy's Library
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I need to confess I decided to read this book because of the movie. I saw the trailer of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and fell in love with the owls. Well, let’s just say I decided to read Harry Potter just because of the owls on the movie—yes, I also watched the movie and then went to read the book—, and I wrote almost all my Harry Potter fanfictions using one of the story’s owls name as my pen name, so you can imagine how...more
Sandra Stiles
What do you get when you take an animal, in this case owls, mix in human characteristics and then send the owls on an adventure? You get Kathryn Lasky's, Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. The Capture is the first book in this series. I've had it on my list to read for a while but had not had a chance to read it. I am so glad I was offered the opportunity to review the book. The others in the series will soon be gracing my shelves as well. I am truly sorry I waited so long to read it.

Soren is a young...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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