Being an owl enthusiast, avid outdoors-person, and a writer of middle grade wilderness adventure stories, I jumped at the opportunity for an Advance Reading Copy of Melissa Hart’s new book, Avenging the Owl.
Melissa has published multiple articles and essays and two nonfiction books:
Avenging the Owl is her first middle grade novel!!
Covercopy for Avenging the Owl:
Thirteen-year old Solo Hahn boasts a big-screen TV, a room full of surfing trophies, and a beach house in Southern California. Then his father, worn down by a Hollywood career, attempts suicide, and his mother moves the family to a trailer in Oregon where a Great-horned owl attacks the only thing that matters to him. When Solo tries to shoot the bird and injures a neighbor boy with Down syndrome, he’s forced to do community service at a raptor rescue center with his newly-sworn enemies . . . owls.
Without giving anything away, i.e. no spoilers, I enjoyed the complex relationships Solo has with his parents, his neighbors, and the people he works with at the raptor rescue center. When you combine this character-driven story with a setting that shines, you get a page-turning tale.
One aspect of the main character, Solo, that I loved was that he is a budding screen-writer and would use his scene-writing to process things going on around him. The scene-writing in script form also provided variety in the narrative and kept the story moving forward at the same time.