Avenging the Owl

Avenging the Owl A long time ago in a galaxy far far away Han Solo avenged the destruction of an innocent planet by helping Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star Han walked away with a gold medal and the love of hi

  • Title: Avenging the Owl
  • Author: Melissa Hart
  • ISBN: 9781634501477
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo avenged the destruction of an innocent planet by helping Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star Han walked away with a gold medal and the love of his life But when Solo Hahn named in honor of the beloved action hero tries to avenge the death of his gray and white kitten, he gets eight months of community service EightA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo avenged the destruction of an innocent planet by helping Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star Han walked away with a gold medal and the love of his life But when Solo Hahn named in honor of the beloved action hero tries to avenge the death of his gray and white kitten, he gets eight months of community service Eight months of working at the local raptor center helping owls his now sworn enemies.For the first time in his life, Solo is labeled a troubled kid, an at risk youth He d always gotten good grades, had good friends, and gotten along with his parents He used to volunteer to read Reader s Digest to old people at the retirement home next door, and his favorite thing in the whole wide world was to surf He wrote screenplays for fun But when his parents uproot him and move the family from California to backwoods Oregon, Solo starts to lose track of the person he was Everything is upside down, and he finds himself dealing with things way beyond his understanding He s the new kid in town, and he s got a bad reputation The question is What will he do next This is a story about staying true to yourself when things get tough Solo has every reason to lash out, but he ultimately needs to find a way to cope Avenging the Owl deals with the difficult issues of suicide and depression, but than anything it captures the powerlessness of being a kid It won t be easy, but the wild beauty of Oregon, its cold, empty beaches and captivating wildlife, may be just what Solo and his family need to help them start over.

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    1. You will love this book about friendship, forgiving, and finding your own special place in the world. Transported to the Oregon forest where owls soar, it will take your breath away! Beautiful and powerful story about second chances.

    2. As a parent and a former pre-teen, I am often struck at the intensity of which young adults approach life - what seem like minor or unavoidable tragedies to adults are immensely important to kids, and rightly so. This is the age in which they form their opinions and values about life - impressionable barely begins to define the impact that fate and life choices have on their minds. Melissa Hart has captured this time of life eloquently and with care and emotion. Her characters are full of pre-te [...]

    3. Like all the best books, Avenging the Owl seized me from the first sentence and did not let me go. And even now, days after I’ve finished Melissa Hart’s fearless, big-hearted novel, its characters and their world have stayed with me. A streak of wildness runs through the heart of that world and takes flight in Artemis, the fierce and majestic great horned owl that Solo and his friends will never forget nor will any reader lucky enough to pick up this book. Tommy Hays, author of What I Came t [...]

    4. Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!Avenging the Owl is another one of those books that made me realize that I really need to read more middle grade fiction. I mean, I read a middle grade novel every now and again, and it's a really nice change from all the young adult books I pick up, but this? This book is wonderful. This is the kind of book that would have helped get me hooked on reading when I was younger (if I hadn't already been born with a [...]

    5. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Solo Hahn, whose mother was a big Star Wars fan, has a perfect life in Southern California. Nice house near the beach, terrific friends, and plenty of time to surf. But the wheels are about to come off. Solo's father, a writer, falls into depression and tries to kill himself. Solo's parents decide the best thing to do is to move to Oregon where they can get a fresh start, but nobody bothers to ask Solo what he thinks. The next thing [...]

    6. What a surprise. The title caught my attention, but not knowing the author and seeing that it's a YA debut, I didn't have high expectations. Boy was I wrong.I loved the story, the flawed characters, the way alternative characters were portrayed realistically and with kindness, and especially the life lessons. The story unfolded, telling a bit more as it progressed, having the effect of keeping me wanting to know moreD, I learned quite a bit about raptors as a bonus, as well as about kids with Do [...]

    7. AVENGING THE OWL stars birds under-represented in the literary canon: raptors, carnivores of the bird kingdom. Filled with fascinating information, the novel also moves quickly, which makes it a great choice for reluctant readers. Though Hart's knowledge of raptors drew me in, what touched me most was how she acknowledges it's okay to be angry with the people we love and gently demonstrates one way to move through it to acceptance and change.

    8. 4.5 starsIt has been a great year of chancing upon new and noteworthy reading. There have been discoveries and finds in adult fiction, young adult, picture books, and last, but not least, children's fiction. I can now safely add Melissa Hart's surprisingly weighty and moving middle grade debut Avenging the Owl to that new and noteworthy list.In first-person narrative, our protagonist, seventh-grader Solo Hahn, is facing down a number of serious, life-altering troubles. Having lived a solidly goo [...]

    9. Solo Hahn wants to do the right thing, in author Melissa Hart's debut novel, AVENGING THE OWL. But knowing right from wrong isn't always easy. Are owls that kill kittens really the bad guys? Or are kids like Solo wrong for trying to even the score? Hart explores the turmoil of a boy's inner struggles with compassion and open eyed honesty to create a powerful story of redemption and hard won understanding. Ideal for kids aching to find their place in an ever changing world.

    10. 9 year-old son and I read and enjoyed this book together. Avenging the Owl is full of heart, compassion and unexpected friendship. Rare and lovely relationships develop while a down-trodden boy realizes he has a new interest, one that fills him with advocacy and passion. There is a bit of bittersweet, a touch of humor, and a taste of adventure. All creating a beautiful blend for any young reader, especially those with a soft spot for winged creatures.

    11. This book is simply wonderful, not just for kids, but for everyone. A novel based on the author's own experience as a volunteer at a raptor rehabilitation center and the sister of a brother with Down Syndrome, she creates an absorbing story about a boy's grief, anger, confusion. Congratulations.

    12. A 2018-2019 Missouri Truman Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 6-8).Solo Hahn, after being uprooted by his parents from California to Oregon, accidentally shoots his neighbor in the forehead with his neighbor's dad's shotgun that he might have borrowed without permission. He was trying to shoot the owl that had snatched his kitten. He missed. Now he has been sentenced to six weeks of community service at the local raptor rescue center.For me this had a kind of rocky start, but the writing [...]

    13. I read this because it was part of my daughter's reading challenge. We both liked it. What a hoot. ha. Okay, but yeah, it was slow to start and then once it began making more sense (it kind of backtracked and I thought I had missed something, but I hadn't. It just hadn't TOLD me what was what yet, thus the confusion) I enjoyed it a lot. My daughter liked this book especially because it had a boy in it who has Down syndrome. She loves special people and the way they seem to enjoy life just a litt [...]

    14. In “Avenging the Owl,” local author Melissa Hart deftly interweaves varied topics such as classic film ­commentary, ­Japanese-American internment, raptor care, depression, midlife crisis, Down syndrome — even script-writing. It is a story of transitions and of unexpected allies.The 13-year-old ­protagonist, Solo Hahn, advises us that “Labels are important. They show you where to file things in your head so you can stay organized. “Owls” get filed under death. File “fathers” un [...]

    15. Being a teen is hard. Being a teen with a series of life changes is even harder. One new YA book that explores this theme is Avenging the Owl, by Melissa Hart. But it's not only a book about life changes and growing up - it's also about raptors, and helping others, and the essence of place, and finding yourself. I loved this book for addressing these issues, but also because the writing is strong, clear, and makes you feel as if you were there, with Solo - at the beach, in the woods - trying his [...]

    16. Synopsis- Solo never knew that avenging a beloved pet’s death could get him in such a huge amount of trouble. When a great horned owl kills Solo’s kitten, probably the one thing keeping him sane after his family’s big move and change of lifestyle, Solo takes a shotgun and tries to shoot it. He accidentally hits a kid who jumped in front of the gun (he just grazed him). Now he has to do eight weeks of community service. At a rescue for raptors. Which includes great horned owls.What I Though [...]

    17. Solo has a great life, growing up in Redondo Beach, surfing with his friends. But that all ends when his father has a nervous breakdown. His parents decide to sell the house and move to a trailer on a lot of land in Oregon. They want to live a simple life, and force Solo to do so also. He hates it. To make matters worse, his kitten is eaten by a great horned owl. Intent on revenge, he convinces his next door neighbor Eric (who has Down's syndrome) to let Solo use his father's shotgun to go after [...]

    18. 3.5 Solo Hahn is uprooted by his parents from his idyllic California surfing life to a trailer on a plot of land in Oregon. The family needs to “downsize” and “de-stress” because Solo’s father suffered a nervous breakdown but the new situation is terrible for Solo. After his pet kitten is snatched by a horned owl, Solo gets into trouble causing him to be sentenced to four weeks of community service at a raptor rehabilitation center. In this coming-of-age novel, Avenging the Owl, not on [...]

    19. I absolutely loved this book! Having a soon to be 14 year old boy I could relate with Solo and his struggles to understand his parents and himself. To learn forgiveness for them, himself and the death of his precious kitten. Life is rarely black or white, often it is shades of gray, and Melissa Hart explores the emotions and struggles of that gray area so clearly. Follow your bliss

    20. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Solo was interesting and realistic. This was a good middle school book and I look forward to sharing it with my 13 year old and when she is done I am going to suggest she gives it to her language arts teacher for her class library. I received this book in a giveaway, but my opinion was not influenced by the win.

    21. Solo Hahn (yes, that's his given name) reacts (shall we say poorly?) to recent dramatic changes in his life. To avoid juvenile detention, he has to volunteer at a raptor rehabilitation center in his new town. Since a raptor was part of the recent drama, Solo doesn't think it will help. But, as in all other things, he is powerless.

    22. I agree with the review that says there is a tangle of subplots. The attempt to integrate three major and complex themes: raptor education, Down syndrome awareness, and suicide-weighs the story down. The target audience will either love the blend of unique themes or strongly dislike the jumble.

    23. Avenging the Owl is a delightful story with an even more beautiful lesson for young readers.See my full review at YA Books Centralyabookscentral/explore-ya-fiction/discussions/review?id=38127

    24. I couldn't help rooting for Solo, the main character, whose goodness and vulnerability shines through his tough façade. Avenging the Owl is a story with talons - it grips your heart and refuses to let go.

    25. Great read. I would rate this book right up there with Gary Schmidt and Joan Bauer. Entertaining story, believable characters, and lots of valuable elements for thought and/or discussion. A must-read for YA readers (and older lovers of YA books :))

    26. I loved that this talked about finding your bliss even when you are not quite sure you have gone the right way. Forgiveness, acceptance and understanding was the heart of this book

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