Title: A GIRL CALLED OWL
Author: AMY WILSON
Illustrator: HELEN CRAWFORD-WHITE
Genre: MIDDLE GRADE FICTION, YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Length: 336 PAGES
Publisher: MACMILLAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Release Date: JANUARY 26, 2017
Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS🌟🌟🌟🌟
“When you have a kid, don’t call it something stupid. Don’t call it Apple, or Pear, or Mung Bean. Don’t call it Owl. This advice is a bit late for me. Because she did. She did call me Owl. Thirteen years ago she looked down at a tiny little baby – me – and decided that Owl would be a good way to go.”
This Middle-grade novel contains everything that kids aged 8 to 12 want in a story.
Owl may be an unusual name, but it fits since her life is anything but ordinary. Living in a single parent household, Owl has always been curious about her father. Throughout her childhood, she repeatedly asked her Mom for information about him and was told fairy tales about how wonderful he is and how he cannot leave his kingdom.
Unfortunately, now that Owl is older, she doesn’t believe the crazy stories her Mom tells to explain his absence from their lives, she wants to know the truth.
But, when frost starts appearing on her skin and other strange things start happening, she begins to wonder if maybe her Mom was telling the truth when she said that her father was JACK FROST.
Readers will join Owl on a quest to find out more about her father which ultimately leads her to find out more about herself as well.
Releasing this book in January was a brilliant move on the part of the Publisher. This book is set in winter and filled with images of both the beauty and the wildness that the season can bring.
Kids who love books about magic, winter, fitting in, feeling different and books about family will love this book.
Not only is this is a wonderful quest-type story, it is also a book that proves that family doesn’t always look the way you think it should, and that ultimately it is love that matters.
I rate A GIRL CALLED OWL as 4 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I highly recommend it to children ages 9 to 13.
❄Readers will never look at a snowstorm the same way again! ❄
* Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Wilson has a background in journalism and lives in Bristol with her young family.
She is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing and has many owls in her house, from drawer handles to cushions.
She is still waiting for them to speak to her…
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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Living and working by the sea, she brings projects to life for a range of clients and industries. From publishing to branding, websites to illustration and everything in between.
Originally a graduate of Brighton University, she worked at the wonderful Crush Design for many years as an art director before setting up her own shop. Now with a small studio she is attempting to take over the world and over deliver on every project she gets her hands on.
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