The Golden Tree (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book #12)

by Kathryn Lasky

Paperback, 2007



Local notes

PB Las




Scholastic (2007), Edition: New title, 192 pages


The golden age which is expected from the Great Ga'Hoole Tree turns gradually worse as the owls' young king hunts for the truth about his ancestry.


Original language


Physical description

192 p.; 5.25 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member JStull
The book is from a series of books so it was hard for me to follow since it is in the middle of the series. It somewhat goes with my tree theme since the main focus of the book is about this “golden tree” or great tree. The idea of the story is all that is golden is not necessarily good. The
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characters are owls and some begin to worship the ember. The book has good learning experiences in it.
The book was not my favorite but maybe if I had started reading from the beginning of the series it would have made more sense. I am sure 4th and 5th graders would enjoy this book. It is an easy read chapter book. I think it would be a good book for students to read to themselves but not as a class read aloud.
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LibraryThing member The_Hibernator
The Golden Tree is the 12th book of the Guardians of Ga’hoole series, which I have been reading for years (long before the movie covering the first three books came out). In this book, the new king Coryn explores his identity as the possible son of a hagsfiend (an evil owl-witch). He leaves with
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Soren and the Band for a short adventure to distract himself from his woes, but finds more than he’d bargained for. In addition, he’s left the ember back in the Tree under the care of owls with weaker personalities than himself—leading to self-absorbed ember worship (almost akin to a criticism of organized religion?). I can’t say that this book is as good as the first 6 (which could have been a complete series in themselves), but it was cute enough. This series has a 3 book detour in the middle, and this is the first book that picks up where the story left off. Much of the book was spent reminding the reader of things that occurred before the detour, and I think that subtracted from the normal action of these books. Therefore, I only gave it 3/5 stars. However, I am curious how the story will proceed, as the series seems to have started out with themes of Cute Kids against Naughty Bad Guys (book 1), progressed to Valiant Knights against Evil Racists (books 2-8), detoured to Good vs. Evil (books 9-11), and now seems to be entering Inward-Strength vs. Inward Weakness. What next?
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