Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2018. It kept me guessing and reading well into the night. Based on the novel’s summary, I figured I was in for a tale just about a boy and owls. It was a good middle grade book with the bones for a great adult book. Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers editorially hand-picked children’s books every 1, 2, or 3 months — at 40% off List Price. Didn't think her audience would care about the entire rest of the story or even notice she didn't finish it? The suspense will eat you up. Maxwell Unger has a secret. The descriptions are full and well written allowing the reader to get an image of this world of good and evil. He could only venture out at night, seeing as how he was "allergic to the sun and would die if exposed to sunlight" and secondly, he was a sickly boy. According to Max’s gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark. Max, joined by his wild-talking new friend Rose and a wounded silver owl, flees his tyrannical housekeeper to set out in search of the fabled Owl Keeper described in a set of suppressed “Silver Prophecies.” Along the way, Max learns to his horror that he was being genetically altered (by injections of blood, as in this story there isn't any real difference between science and magic) to command an army of eyeless, surgically assembled owl killers called skræks. Brodien-Jones studied writing at Emerson College, Boston, and has been a journalist, editor and teacher. Maxwell Unger has always loved the night. He noticed she was nearly a head taller than he was. Now, I love owls, which is why I picked up this book, but the main character just seems a little too obsessed with them. She couldn't stop looking at the owl. Those eyes had a lean, hungry look. The idea for the story was great but the stilted dialog and under developed plot really made it lack. All this belonged to him. The only reason I read the whole book was to make sure that the little silver owl would be safe!! April 13th 2010 He held a secret hope that the Owl Keeper might pass this way, but that had never happened--not yet, anyway--and for sure this girl wasn't the Owl Keeper. The girl tilted her head, peering sideways at him. An evil totalitarian government, gruesome scientific creations, a natural cataclysmic event, an old prophecy, two adventurous tweens all add up to an interesting and engrossing tale. His beloved, deceased grandmother used to tell him stories about the Owl Keeper, who would appear in times of desperate need to unite owls and sages to defeat evil. His special love was silver owls, and he was horrified when he heard that the High Echelon wanted to eliminate all of them. The world is quite different from our world, but not so much so that the author needed to go into long, drawn out explanations about how and why things are they way they are. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2016. While some elements can be seen in other novels and the other idea of an overcontrolling government is common, the reasons and motivation behind this particular government's action is refreshing and original. Wrong. I loved it, it's definitely worth reading. While Brodien-Jones fills her dystopic fantasy with many striking images and ideas, she leaves more questions than answers about her world. He knows that if he is caught he will be in trouble, for silver owls are evil in the eyes of the High Echelon. This book had no idea what it wanted to be about. Neither had Max--not until this owl turned up with a message in her beak. an oil rig in the North Sea, one hundred miles from shore. This means that I was allowed to enjoy the novel just for what it was. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Brodien-Jones has created a very dystopian feeling world that has a nice science fiction and fantasy feel to it. Characters Maxwell Unger- the main character finds silver owl Artemis Rose- likes to be called Rose max's friend Mrs Crumlin-max's nanny dr. trdegar The Owl Keeper by:Christine Brodien-Jones presented by Finn owl in the The Owl Keeper was a delightful read. Max's Gran had told him silver owls were special. I was glued to the book as action sequence after action sequence occurred. Based on the novel's summary, I figured I was in for a tale just about a boy and owls. According to Max’s gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Thought there also might be a little fantasy sprinkled in to keep things going. --John Peters. Gran is gone now, and so are her stories of how the world used to be. He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction — about … Soon after Maxwell becomes the new owl keeper. The two find themselves on the run and battling against a government that is intent on destroying the natural world, and in particular the symbol of the rebellion, the silver owls. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book. With the slow deterioration of his memory, Max tries to visit his owl tree and his silver owl every night. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Pick a book. These are just a few of the questions still lingering at the end of the book. Max had a nervous feeling in his chest. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Visit Amazon's Christine Brodien-Jones Page, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. In her words, "Mom, this is one of the greatest books I have ever read, there has to be a second book!" Grades 5-8. He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction—about nature, and books, and the silver owls. Fearful of her at first, he quickly realized that she was unique, with her heart-shaped face and golden eyes. While girls will throughly enjoy this novel, I think this may be a wonderful novel to give to a young male teen who has been struggling to find a novel to read. The time of the Owl Keeper, Gran would say, is coming soon. I currently hold a B.A. The stories of silver owls and Silver Prophecies are practically forbidden to speak. I counted the use of the word “owl” eighteen times within the first twenty or so pages. Hair fanned from her head in a burst of coppery orange, and leaves were tangled all through it. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. Christine Brodien-Jones studied writing at Emerson College, Boston, and has been a journalist, an editor, and a teacher. My Nephew said I needed a good adventure: "here aunt Reba, you like owls!" Took place in 2066. Despite the cold air, she wasn't wearing mittens. Hope to see more by the author. She jutted out her sharp chin. thanks for the review --definately added to the pile for my dd. She was tall--string-bean skinny, as Gran used to say--with an oval olive face. I wasn't blown away but with so many fantasy and dystopia books following simple formulas, I was impressed with the creative way they're combined here. Getting monthly injections of grotesque liquid was a result of Max's allergy to "sun particles." For me, Brodien-Jones has hit the ball out of the park with this novel. This girl, Max realized, was even more of an outsider than he was. According to Max’s gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark. The citizens are assigned to jobs and lives and the once beautiful land and wildlife is nonexistent. Don't get me wrong this is a great book! When Max discovers that Mrs. Crumlin and the High Echelon are preparing him for a sinister job, he makes a daring escape, taking Rose with him. But, the end is disappointing. Max leads a unique life even in this dystopian setting, confined inside during the daytime because he has an especially rare genetic disease that renders him allergic to sun particles. Such a lovely book. Chasing Dreams, Literary Magazines, and Why Not Now? He mistrusts the housekeeper/sitter and his parents seem indifferent to anything but work. There is some pretty creepy and dark stuff but probably nothing beyond Roald Dahl-level. Crowding an aggressive attitude, Artemis Rose Eccles is like no one Max had ever met before. There are too many unanswered questions about the setting and too many coincidences in the story. The only drawback is that there was no part two or three or four .... it is not part of a series. This book is frustrating. Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. There were a lot of twists. How much, he wondered, did this girl know about silver owls? Max and Rose set out on an adventure that tests their character and hope. you turn these fantasy fun and real owls into a spectacular masterpiece of your own. The story is nothing out of the ordinary but it is sweet and builds a cool and surprisingly dark world. Book Blitz and Giveaway: Titan by Harley Wylde, Guest Post: Launching a Writing Career Online. Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2013. Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2018, Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2018. I have definitely found another all time favorite children's author. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. THE OWL KEEPER. Eleven-year-old Max lives in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by a faceless totalitarian government called the High Echelon. I love owls - everything about them so I was drawn to this book because of that. The cover art is beautiful so I bought hard copy instead of the kindle version. There's a problem loading this menu right now. She looked moody and self-centered. Silver owls had been declared extinct by the government. I am definitely getting this one to read and share with my middle schoolers. The prophecy at the beginning of the book echoes the one found in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising (S & S, 1986), but Brodien-Jones overuses it to push the plot along rather than letting events happen organically. ), Gr 5–8—Allergic to sun particles, Max Unger is forced to stay inside during the day with his caregiver, Mrs. Crumlin. There are ancient prophecies about silver owls and Sages, and there are weird government-run genetic experiments and futuristic dome cities. There are too many unanswered questions about the setting and too many coincidences in the story. To see what your friends thought of this book. And the world that Max inhabits is very intriguing. It's also for sale in schools through the Scholastic Book Club! The novel’s ending does set the reader up for a sequel, or possibly even this being the first novel in a series, so I am really hopeful that I will get to see more of Max, Rose, and the owls. Years in the future, the world we all know has been transformed and the High Echelon is in charge of everything. Her novel The Owl Keeper began with an image of two children beside a river in a forest without colors. And I do! Its a big deal. Especially the parts when you find out something that you never knew. To say the least, Christine Brodien-Jones and The Owl Keeper blew my socks off. This book is fantastic, original and exciting, and in this day and age, book like that are getting increasingly difficult to find. A peculiar one, at that; raggedy clothes, wild dirty hair, and as thin as a chopstick. Bring these wise owls to life with brilliant colors to ... A companion to Ben Loves Bear, Bella Loves Bunny, and Peter Loves Penguin, Olivia Loves ... A companion to Ben Loves Bear, Bella Loves Bunny, and Peter Loves Penguin, Olivia Loves The forest is dangerous, the books Gran had saved have been destroyed, and the silver owls are extinct.

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