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June 1, 2016

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Discover a Series This Summer: Guardians of Ga’Hoole

Over the next few months, as they enjoy their freedom from tests and homework, kids will have a lot to keep them busy. But in between trips and backyard adventures, the long, hot hours of summer are a great time to read for fun—especially if that means getting engrossed in an exciting series.

If I could recommend only one bookshelf-filling saga to middle-grade readers, Newbery Honor author Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole just might be it. This multigenerational tale follows the owls of the Ga’Hoole Tree, who are devoted to preserving wisdom and justice in the owl world. These Guardians face off against the Pure Ones, an army of barn owls who believe in the superiority of their species. The vivid writing and heart-stopping action in the series will grab readers’ attention right away, while complex characters, high-stakes story lines, and touches of tragedy and humor will keep them coming back.

For me, Lasky’s imaginative, richly described animal world calls to mind Brian Jacques’s Redwall series—which is also worth checking out this summer if you’re unfamiliar with it. At the same time, the fantastic battle scenes and ongoing, escalating conflict between good and evil are reminiscent of Harry Potter. But with fewer pages and shorter chapters than those two beloved series, the Ga’Hoole books might be easier to dive into on a lazy summer afternoon.

The complete Guardians of Ga’Hoole series can be found in TAB June; each individual book is available in Club Shop.


Morgan Walker does online title presentation for Scholastic Book Clubs.

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