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****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 rights reserved.

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