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The Capture

(Guardians of Ga'Hoole #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  25,311 ratings  ·  1,564 reviews
Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But lurking evil threatens to shatter peace and change the course of his life. Captured for a forbidding canyon orphanage, Soren and his friend Gylfie know that the only way out is up. To escape, they will need to do something they have never done before - fly. With owls Twighlight and Digge ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published June 1st 2003)
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Lego Robot Ninja
Nov 04, 2011 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 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
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
▀▄♫₪♦♥♣I lEaRnT FiRsT AiDs ♫₪♦
Aug 10, 2008 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
So these series weren't like AMAZING but they were worth reading. They actually made me come to have a love for owls and have a big owl fetish haha. Some may think it's weird with a world of talking owls. *cough* um, you do know people there's other books I may not have read, have read or maybe not ever read that I know of that there's talking animals like Redwall? And there's Narnia? Same with Disney: Little mermaid, Cinderella, lion king, dumbo, Fox and the Hound I could go on.

My point is who
Sep 24, 2014 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
Jul 08, 2010 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
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 14, 2011 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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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
Sher A. Hart
Dec 14, 2011 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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one. go watch the movie
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
Lars Guthrie
Aug 09, 2009 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
Jackson Geerlings
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I remember seeing the movie a long time ago. It is a good fantasy book to read if you like action and suspense.
Amy (won't be online for a while. sorry to all the groups i'm in!)
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be abducted? How would you feel if you went looking for your family and they weren’t there? That is what happened to a little owl named Soren and thousands of other hatchlings before him! What’s next?

The Capture, book one in The Guardians of Ga’Hoole series written by Kathryn Lasky, is a fantasy novel. This book introduces the reader to a parliament of owls. Included in this group are Soren, Gylfie, Digger, and Twilight. The story begins with a l
Kristen Harvey
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I didn’t think I would like this book but I did. I’ll read the other books in this series soon.
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Apr 21, 2008 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
King Haddock
I know I am a bit old to have just read this, but it is a bestseller series and thus I was curious. While it just appears to introduce characters and concepts, I kept expecting more to happen due to the description of the back of the book (we do not meet all four owls mentioned in the description until the end). The book also seemed very irrational even for its reading level, and even onto silly-sounding terms like "hark" and "glunking moon." Still, the culture of the owls was fun, and maybe the ...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
Aaliyah Jasmine
It took me forever and a day to read this book as I found it to be so dull. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the story more if I was younger--as an adult reader, I was disappointed.
Annie (Putt)
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Capture is a great way to set up the world of the owls without info dumping all of the world on us at once.  Since we are following the journey of Soren, we learn about places as he does, which makes sense because at the beginning of the series, he would be the equivalent of a seven year old child.  He doesn't understand what concepts such as "weeks" or "years" are because he's only been alive for maybe twenty days.

Soren's struggle with St. Aggie's and growing up into a darker world that his
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alfonso Ordaz
Oct 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of fiction books, but by far this was the worst one. I did not understand this book and gave it one star because of how confusing and unformatted it seemed. Soren was a very slow acting bird, he was not really slow. The book in general had no point, very simple, and very boring. In my opinion i think this is a very bad book, and I do not suggest for anyone to read it.

Sarah Nealy
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pleasant surprise! I was looking for something light while I was at work and I thought this sounded cute! Cute isn't really the word to describe this book , even though it's technically for middle schooler's it didn't feel like a little kid book. It was jammed packed with adventure and heart. I fell in love with these brave little owls! ...more
Wolf (Alpha)
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really hate how Soren gets pushed out of the nest by his brother. I like how he tries to do everything that he can to make sure that his sister is safe. I really hate how Soren is found by the other two owls and how they take him back to the camp where he is treated terribly. I like how he meets Gylfie and how they become good friends. I like how Gylfie and Soren will not give up. I like how they refuse to answer by the number they are called and I like how they are willing to receive all the ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, it was a little childish, but I guess it's a children's book.

Probably in the better half of children's literature, but the age group is probably a bit smaller than the author might have intended - by the way, I hated the next two books so..... yeah. Not really in the better half of children's literature. :( :P

Parents, I don't think any children would mind much (or at all), but just in case, there is a tiny bit of violence and owlish deaths
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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 was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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