I loved reading about Stacey O’Brien’s experience in raising a barn owl. And, I learned a great deal about owls and about the challenges of living with an animal whose wild instincts can never be completely tamed.
The writing is not great, and sometimes it’s actually pretty bad, especially when the author recreates dialog. In some cases conversations are so awkwardly placed in an obvious attempt to make a particular point, that they sound like a very low-budget public service announcement. And the editing left a lot to be desired as well. (Isn’t it the editors’ job to make sure that clauses in long sentences are grammatically compatible?)
Those are the kinds of things that can make me feel very annoyed by a book. But honestly, the story is so darn interesting and heartwarming that I couldn’t give it any less than a 4-star rating. I know it’s a book that I’ll remember and think about often.