Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one
hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians
of Ga'Hoole fantasy series has more than seven million copies in
print, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series,
the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A Time for
Courage and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written
a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as
Beyond The Burning Time and True North. She lives
with her husband in Cambridge, MA.
Voice of Youth Advocates
(June 1, 2004; 0-439-40559-9)
In the third installment of the Guardians of Ga'hoole series, barn owl protagonist Soren and his friends Gylfie, Digger, and Twilight, along with new comrades Martin and Otulissa, decide to save Ezylryb, a beloved teacher who has gone missing. In the process, the young owls' investigations yield information on owl history. They discover the truth about the northern owl wars, the past of both Ezylryb and a rogue smith that they meet in an obscure area of nearby woods, and finally the identity of the evil owl who is behind both the mysterious death of another owl smith and the suffering of Soren's sister, Eglantine. The open end leaves the story set for a fourth volume. Sound characterization, a well-developed setting, and fast pacing compensate for the predictable plot. Fans of the series will be standing in line for the next installment, and readers with a penchant for animal fantasies will be engaged by this nice lead-in to the more complex tomes of Brian Jaques's Redwall series and Avi's Poppy books.-Ann Welton.