The Owl Keeper

The Owl Keeper

Book - 2010
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Eleven-year-old Max partners with an unusual girl, Rose, who shares his appreciation of the silver owls that the High Echelon wants to destroy, and together they make a perilous journey seeking to fulfill a prophecy.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780385738149
0385738145
9780385907101
9780545387811
Characteristics: 306 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kneen, Maggie - Illustrator

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 14, 2017

BudgiesNbooks thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

SPL_Childrens Oct 24, 2011

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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martine6
Dec 27, 2015

The story starts off a bit slow, but picks up and then ends with more to be desired. Brodien-Jones does a very good job of describing the setting, but I don't know how many children in grades 5-8 could relate to characters such as the ones she created.

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SPL_Childrens Oct 24, 2011

"Watching Dr. Tredegar slink toward him and Rose, Max reeled back, clutching Rose’s arm, feeling a deep repulsion. The InjectaPort looked lethal in the murky light.”
Twelve-year-old Max is discovering some disturbing things about his life. The regular injections that Max has received from Dr. Tredegar for years aren’t for his health – instead, they’re causing him to lose his memory. Mrs. Crumlin isn’t a kindly housekeeper, but a spy who’s been reporting Max’s every activity to the all-controlling High Echelon, which has ruled since the great Destruction. Max also discovers that the High Echelon is trying to destroy all silver owls. Why?
Why is the Echelon so interested in Max, and why isn’t he allowed to attend school with other children? And his parents – what has the High Echelon done to frighten them so much that they can’t answer Max’s questions - such as how his Gran, who knew so much about the world before the Great Destruction, died?
Max misses Gran intensely and takes great solace in a friendly little silver owl that appeared after she was gone. He also takes solace in his new friend, Rose, a runaway, whose father is being sought by the High Echelon. Now the two, having just discovered some terrifying plans of the Echelon, must flee. The Echelon is searching for both of them, determined to use them for a sinister purpose.
Pursued by Dr. Tredegar, Mrs. Crumlin and the loathsome creatures sent by the High Echelon, they undertake a dangerous trek to seek a mysterious owl keeper, who, according to an ancient prophecy, will help people and owls to battle the “dark powers”.
Full of mystery, intrigue and danger, and with a likeable, “underdog” hero and a satisfying ending, this fantasy novel is a winner, for both boys and girls.

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