Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Owl Keeper By Christine Brodien-Jones Book review

The Owl KeeperName of Publisher:The Owl Keeper
Age group:9-13
Number of Pages:306

Maxwell Unger has always loved the night. He used to do brave things like go tramping through the forest with his gran after dark. He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction—about nature, and books, and the silver owls. His favorite story, though, was about the Owl Keeper.

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. Gran is gone now, and so are her stories of how the world used to be. Max is no longer brave. The forest is dangerous, the books Gran had saved have been destroyed, and the silver owls are extinct. At least that’s what the High Echelon says. But Max knows better.

Maxwell Unger has a secret. And when a mysterious girl comes to town, he might just have to start being brave again.

The time of the Owl Keeper, Gran would say, is coming soon.


The moment I saw the picture of this book and read the summary, I realized that this book was special-and the moment I came back from my sleepaway camp that I attended (Camp Warwick) I immediately asked my Mother if I had recieved any packages-and I was SO happy when I did! I raced through the pages like there was no more days left to the world.

Now Max is the typical special needs boy. Well, at least he SEEMS to be that way. Now is he really allergic to the sun? I'll keep you guys guessing. But...really? I loved Max, as uniquely different as he is. Another character that I ultimately connected to was his runaway friend, Rose/Artemis.

I liked that Max got flashbacks of memories and that they seemed to be disappearing from his mind-and the emotions that danced throughout the story. I really hope Christine Brodien-Jones makes a sequel!!


5 stars (Perfect!)

Beth <3


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