The Owl KeepereBook - 2010 | 1st ed
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Baker & Taylor
Eleven-year-old Max partners with an unusual girl, Rose, who shares his appreciation of the silver owls that the High Echelon wants to destroy, and together they make a perilous journey seeking to fulfill a prophecy.
9780375895906 (electronic bk.)
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BudgiesNbooks thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13
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"Watching Dr. Tredegar slink toward him and Rose, Max reeled back, clutching Rose’s arm, feeling a deep repulsion. The InjectaPort looked lethal in the murky light.”
Twelve-year-old Max is discovering some disturbing things about his life. The regular injections that Max has received from Dr. Tredegar for years aren’t for his health – instead, they’re causing him to lose his memory. Mrs. Crumlin isn’t a kindly housekeeper, but a spy who’s been reporting Max’s every activity to the all-controlling High Echelon, which has ruled since the great Destruction. Max also discovers that the High Echelon is trying to destroy all silver owls. Why?
Why is the Echelon so interested in Max, and why isn’t he allowed to attend school with other children? And his parents – what has the High Echelon done to frighten them so much that they can’t answer Max’s questions - such as how his Gran, who knew so much about the world before the Great Destruction, died?
Max misses Gran intensely and takes great solace in a friendly little silver owl that appeared after she was gone. He also takes solace in his new friend, Rose, a runaway, whose father is being sought by the High Echelon. Now the two, having just discovered some terrifying plans of the Echelon, must flee. The Echelon is searching for both of them, determined to use them for a sinister purpose.
Pursued by Dr. Tredegar, Mrs. Crumlin and the loathsome creatures sent by the High Echelon, they undertake a dangerous trek to seek a mysterious owl keeper, who, according to an ancient prophecy, will help people and owls to battle the “dark powers”.
Full of mystery, intrigue and danger, and with a likeable, “underdog” hero and a satisfying ending, this fantasy novel is a winner, for both boys and girls.
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