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*****= An all-time favorite
****Owl in Love
by Patrice Kindl
Reviewed August 2001.
A Sonderbooks' Best Book of 2001
Puffin Books, 1993.
Available at Sembach Library (JF KIN).
Owl in Love is a fun and light-hearted novel. This book was recommended by Sandra Guy at the Paris Children’s Writer’s Conference last May. Then I read a new book by the author, Goose Chase, and was captivated. (Goose Chase, by the way, is a light-hearted retelling of a fairy tale with a spunky heroine. I read it to my boys, and they enjoyed it. It has the same flavor as Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine.)
Owl in Love is about a teenager who is a shape-shifter and spends her nights as an owl. Owl is in love with her science teacher, Mr. Lindstrom. She’s obsessed with him, and sits on a tree outside his room at night, watching him.
I had read reviews of this book and was a bit put off by the quoted first paragraph, where Owl mentions his underwear size. I needn’t have been. That’s as sexually suggestive as the book gets. This is a pretty innocent teenage crush, but owl’s dual being gives it interesting repercussions.
The book explores what it would be like to be a shape-shifter. Owl can’t eat a regular human diet, for if she does, she can’t fly. She has to avoid giving a drop of blood in science class, since her blood is black, not red, giving her skin a grayish tint. Finding someone else’s blood leads her to make her first friend.
This is a fun book with the theme of being different.
Reviews of other books by Patrice Kindl:
Lost in the Labyrinth
Keeping the Castle
A School for Brides
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund. All