The Shattering (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book #5)

by Kathryn Lasky

Paperback, 2004



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Scholastic (2004), Edition: Reissue, 192 pages


Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. HTML: In the midst of war, Soren's sister, Eglantine, unwittingly becomes a spy for Kludd, leader of the Pure Ones, a group of evil owls. She is brainwashed by an owl sent by the Pure Ones to infiltrate the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. Her odd behavior eventually attracts attention, and Soren and his friends vow to find out what has happened. They ultimately learn of her brainwashing and help her reverse the effects. Kludd continues to battle against the Guardians of Ga'Hoole for control of their tree. In the end, Kludd and his forces are defeated, but his conflict with Soren is not yet over. With its fascinating look at the owl kingdom and its messages about courage and loyalty, this is a great series for families to listen to together..… (more)


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192 p.; 5.25 inches

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LibraryThing member The_Hibernator
This is the fifth book of the Guardians of Ga’hoole. In this book, Eglantine is tortured by strange dreams and her friends all worry that something very bad is happening. If you liked the first four books, this is another good book. It gets to be a little more psychological than the previous
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ones, but it is still appropriate for 4th graders (or thereabouts).
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LibraryThing member aethercowboy
In the fifth book in the owl series, Lasky has decided to limit the narrative focus on a single topic: shattering, which is apparently the worst thing you can do to an owl, so far. Again, the Ga’Hoole parliament shows poor judgment by rooming Eglantine with one of the reformed POWs of the last
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book, Ginger. I guess if she says she’s changed her ways, that’s good enough, huh?

Ginger, then proceeds to try to “shatter” Elgantine by putting magnetic flecks of iron into her nest, to screw up her internal compass, which I imagine acts not only as a navigational aid, but also as a moral compass?

At this point, it feels like Lasky is just stretching out the narrative because she wants to have more books than Harry Potter. But, those tiny splinters you get when you scrape the bottom of the barrel are abundant here.
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LibraryThing member AprilBrown
Good one night read. This story gets back into the swing, and leaves the reader ready to go on to the next book.
LibraryThing member jose.jbar7644
this book is about for owls and a barn owls sister named Eglatine. After Eglatine helped Ginger another barn owl she was woken up by her friend primrose because she was shaking in fear, but Eglatine said she was having a nice dream. Elgatine missed her mother and father, she saw what she got as
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food it was her favorite, centipedes. Elgatine thought it was a sign she knew her mother was still alive. later she took ginger with her to the beaks to see her mom and she found her there, or she thought. When Elgatine saw her mother she thought something was off and her mother kept calling her darling instead of
Eggie. Later on When she visited her mother for the fifth time Elgatine saw primrose there and found out that it wasn't her mother it was Nyra one of the pure ones. When Elgatine and Primrose where captured Elgatine had a plan and flew off with Nyra's egg and when soren and the others found her they told her to let go of the eggs and Eglatine dropped it and it shattered. Nyra wanted to kill Eglatine then.
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LibraryThing member TnTexas
Read this book with the kids and enjoyed it for the most part. But, like the last book, I felt like the end wound up being rather abrupt and truncated - almost like an entire chapter was chopped out before publiscation. That, along with a couple of events that made no logical sense storywise,
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accounts for the three stars rather the four or five I would have liked to have given it.
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LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
Soren's sister Eglantine is dreaming of her mother, but the dreams are leading her down a path that could cause havoc. Soren is also having strange dreams, but they're different, they seem to be of the future.

It's an interesting series, I like the owls and their character, some obviousnesses but
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you expect this in this level of a read.
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