Avenging the Owl
By Melissa Hart
224 pages – ages 11+
Published by Sky Pony Press TODAY- April 5th, 2016!
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 Thought- This was pretty darn good realistic fiction. You can really feel Solo’s pain and anger with his parents for moving, for his dad’s attempted suicide (yes – it’s brought in slowly, with hints at it, until the end-ish, where Solo flat out says it), for his community service, for the death of his kitten. It’s all tough, but this book has a coming-of-age feel to it, with Solo coming to terms with all of the above problems. It’s a good, well-written, skillfully crafted story. I enjoyed this book a lot. Note that there are darker topics in the book, which are handled very well by the author for her young audience. This is a great read.
I give this book five out of five bookworms!