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A Girl Called Owl

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,230 ratings  ·  172 reviews
It's bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you've got a dad you've never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there's not a lot of room for much else.

So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she's tempted to just burrow down under the duvet and forget all about it. Co
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 26th 2017 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Sarah Churchill
Technically a middlegrade, but with definite crossover appeal, A Girl Called Owl is the story of a girl who really wants to know who her father is, and when she finally finds him he's not at all what she expected or wanted.

This whimsical, magical story is very almost fairytale, but not quite. It somehow has a grounded, real world feeling to it, despite the 'mythical' characters that feature in the adventure. This is probably down to the very real family problems of Owl and her best friend. I rea
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Alice (Married To Books)
I was very kindly sent a copy of A Girl Called Owl (ARC) in exchange for an honest review! Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars!

This debut Middle-Grade novel was one that generally kept me interested in reading to the finish, however, I felt that there was something a little bit missing and I'm not really sure what. It was a good read with good pacing, the world-building between the two worlds (Our world/fantasy world) was written well. The storyline follows a young girl called Owl who dreams of finding
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Steph
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! It was everything I wanted from a story - magical, mythical, fantastical but based in reality. I really loved the elements of bringing in natural characters and human characters. This book is one I will definitely read over and over at winter time.
AK47
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Right now, I'm kinda wishing my mom named me Owl. ...more
Belles Middle Grade Library
Wow! Amy Wilson writes stories that feel like loved classic fairytales! She is a master at this. This book is no exception-it was amazing! This is a modern-day fairytale about Jack Frost’s daughter. Owl has the kind of mom who would name her Owl, no dad, a best friend, & a strange new boy at school that gives her strange looks-she’s a normal girl. Until 1 day she realizes the “fairytales” her mom told her when she was younger & asked about who her dad was-is all true. Her dad is Jack Frost. Then ...more
La La
Really disappointing. It has a wonderful premise, but it is overflowing with problems. I'll be back with specifics, it's too early in the morning to be analytical. Ha ha. ...more
Naomi Bowen
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually happen to know the author of this book and have seen the long journey she went through to get her first book published And I'm so pleased for her that it's happened!

Call me biased but I loved this book.

Amy has a beautiful writing style and this book is full of stunning images and vivid descriptions.

There are some well known characters from folk tales as well as some new creations. They all live in the Fae court which was one of my favourite parts.

But as magical as this story is, i
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Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss
Enjoyed, but probably won't buy because I don't have a lot of fantasy readers. This is the strongest contender for one I might purchase. It starts in the "real" world, has a few friend and family problems, and has a fairy/folk tale connection. Still, the same can be said of Houts' Winterfrost, Prineas' Winterling, Constable's The Wolf Princess. or Rudnick's A Frozen Heart, none of which have been circulating very well.
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Suad Shamma
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2018
Very simply put, this is the story of a girl named Owl, who has always wanted to find her father and know who he is, except when she finally does, it is nothing like she expected.

That was it simply put...but there was nothing simple about this story. It was a well structured plot with interesting secondary plot lines that keep you invested in the characters. Filled with fairytale creatures, magical realms and wonderful scenery, it transports you (along with Owl and her friends) to different worl
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Nara
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
A Girl Called Owl was a cute story that did not have a whole lot of depth. Thematically, it seemed like it would be more of a young adult novel, but in reality, felt much more like a middle grade novel. This was mostly due to the way the book was written as well as the characters and story itself.

The writing was quite simplistic, which in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. It actually suited the style in which the story was told, with a linear plot and younger characters. It did feel like the
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Brandi
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pros-
A cute, well-written, entertaining story perfect for tween audiences looking for a fantasy read. The story is original and interesting. It's a nice light read for older audiences as well. I love the name "Owl" and thought the story had some nice twists.
Cons-
Though the book is original as a whole, there are elements of the story similar to other fairy tales and children's stories.
I would rate it 4.6-4.7
My copy of this book was obtained from a Goodreads giveaway.
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Joanne
Sep 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson seemed like a perfect Wintery, Christmassy read for this time of year; the story of Jack Frost's daughter. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed.

A Girl Called Owl is more upper middle grade, so where I thought it would feel like a children's book, full of that wonderful magical, enchanting feeling you get with reading some children's books (like A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig), it was missing from this one. And thou
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Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th-6th Grade
Nothing in Owl's life has been normal. She's never met her dad, a boy at her school has been giving her weird looks, and she has a mom who would name her something unique like Owl. She's come to terms with this not-so-normal lifestyle.

That is until she finds out the legendary being Jack Frost is her father. Serious about meeting him, she journeys into Jack's world of magic and winter, a place she only heard about in fairy tales. As she get closer to finding him, she starts to notice frost formin
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Andreea
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I don't understand what middle grade is suppose to be. I might be expecting too much.

I liked it at first, but then it just became so flimsy and generic, with nothing really making sense. I completely lost interest.

It seemed silly most of the time, and other than some of the bigger themes (like wanting to belong, find and keep your family), none of it seemed right for middle grade.
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Lily
‘A Girl Called Owl’ is an enchanting and whimsical middle grade story about a young girl searching for the father she has never met but longs to know. There is something so magical about this book, an atmospheric, dreamlike quality to the prose that conjures up the ambiance of a folkloric fantasy right at home in the modern world. It is richly imagined and beautifully written, a fairy tale winter wonderland filled with stunningly evocative imagery, detailed descriptions and vivid symbolism that ...more
Karen Whittard
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and A.J.Wills for an advanced copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

This book has bags of potential. I liked the characters in this book and it was nice to have some light relief from everything that is happening in the world at the moment.

Imagine if your parents called you Owl? Imagine after that your favourite animal is an Owl, and you love the winter and feel draw to it like a magnet.

Owl mum is a artist woman who is always away with the fairies and lives in a d
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Sarah
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a charming read that captivated both my heart and imagination. A story of magic, myth and self-discovery, this was a truly delightful book. I can’t wait to read more from this author - and I would love to see Owl’s story continue.

Owl has always been told she is special, but only when she starts creating icicles — and freezing her science homework — does she begin to understand just how special she is. She’s never known her dad, and now evidence points Owl toward a man of myth and legend
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Katrina Waldman
Pan Macmillan were so generous in allowing me a copy of this book to read, and after reading and adoring 'Heartless' I wanted to read another of theirs that was a little more themed around Winter. This is of course Amy Wilson's debut, and a middle-grade book that is aimed at an audience younger than myself. Still, I was intrigued by the inclusion of the famous figure Jack Frost and some other folklore characters, not to mention the magical synopsis and pretty cover. It seemed like the perfect ch ...more
Suze Lavender
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thirteen-year-old Owl has an artistic mother, that's why she has a strange first name. Her mother often tells her stories about frosted faraway places filled with magic, but she doesn't tell Owl what she wants to know the most, who her father is. Owl can talk about her problems with her best friend, but she keeps feeling alone. Drawing owls help her to feel a bit of comfort, but she misses having a father.

When frost starts to appear on Owl's skin Owl doesn't know what's happening to her. As the
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Courtney
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson follows titular character Owl as she begins to discover strange new powers, leading her to uncover the truth about her mysterious father. I recieved a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Beneath the frost, this story is so full of warmth: the characters are full of life and their interactions throughout were a joy to read. Seeing Owl become closer with both a new friend and an old one alongside watching her relationship with her father
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Melanie Dulaney
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
(Review of digital ARC from EdelweissPlus) This librarian of 4th/5th graders will definitely be buying this book for at least one of her libraries! Fantasy is my genre and while I generally lean more towards dragons and darker magic, this piece of fantasy was outstanding. What a great concept-- Jack Frost and the North Wind battling with the Queen of May and the Earl of October with the Lady of the Lake trying to stay out of the ruckus and Mother Earth having to step in to reestablish the harmon ...more
Max
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This was so magical! I think this is a book for younger adults and teenagers, but as a grown adult woman I could enjoy it a lot. The writing is very atmospheric and the characters are well done. A cute fantasy story that I finished in a day.
Conniebell
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I received an arc copy and I ended up reading it in a few days
Malvika
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is better suited for young teenagers. True. However, for a light quick reading, I believe it's suited for anybody who loves fantasy. The plot wasn't distinct, but then it wasn't uninteresting either. The characters are simple, and behave like normal people. The best thing is, it's like the story is grounded in reality. Although Owl's age isn't mentioned, I have a feeling that she is either in 7th or 8th grade, and she behaves accordingly. I actually like the cover. It's simple, yet bea ...more
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
The concept of this book is cute (girl finds out she is the daughter of Jack Frost and she is coming to terms with her new-found powers), but the execution was flat. There was no spark and Avery, Owl's friend, annoyed me. Not recommended. ...more
Tracey
an Intriguing twist on mother nature , jack frost and the life of a girl called owl.
Pat
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy, childrens
The combination of mythology, magic and a haunting landscape make this a memorable debut that is sure to entrance its readers. Review at http://www.readplus.com.au/blog_detai... ...more
Satu
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this!
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Carol W
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A magical story that transports the reader to another world. Beautifully written, this author takes you on an adventure, with Owl, to find her father.
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Amy Wilson has a background in journalism and lives in Bristol with her young family. She is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing and has many owls in her house, from drawer handles to cushions. She is still waiting for them to speak to her...

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