About the Book
Pushed from his family’s nest by his older brother, barn owl Soren is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from St. Aggie’s, a mysterious school for orphaned owls. With new friend, clever and scrappy Gylfie, he discovers that St. Aggie’s is really a training camp for the leader’s own nefarious goal.
- Soren and his family mark special events in their lives with ceremonies. What ceremonies have you had or will you have in the future? Why are they important?
- Soren remembers his father saying that legends are true in your heart and that their lessons can contribute to being a better owl. How does this memory help Soren at St. Aegolius?
- How does Soren and Gylfie’s friendship make them stronger? Describe a time you worked with a friend to accomplish something important.
- How does the author make the characters in this fantasy world seem real?
- What does Gylfie’s father say is the most important aspect of learning to fly? Is this advice applicable to learning other skills? How so?
- Share a legend you know, or learn about one by researching legends on the Internet. What is the purpose or the lesson of the legend?
- Compare Auntie’s behavior towards Soren when he arrives and her behavior towards Hortense after she is caught. Why does she act so differently towards them?
- Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger join together to search for the Tree of Ga’Hoole. Describe the character traits of each and discuss the contributions they make to the team.
- How are the owls of this book similar to human characters in other fantasy books? How are they different?
- Why does Gylfie wait for Soren to learn to fly before escaping? Discuss why this could be a good idea and why it could be a bad idea.