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Owls in the Family

by Farley Mowat
91 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Victor

Fast read, but a very well told story.

Plot

Billy has various pets around his house, but he is never shy of taking on one more. Or two more, as the case may be. Billy, Bruce, and Murray, all proud Saskatoon lads, come across two owls and decide to keep them for pets. Many adventures ensue when you have a two-foot-tall nocturnal predator for a friend!

Morality

There is right and wrong, and the boys know which is which. However, they aren't afraid to stand up for themselves if they have to.

Spiritual Content

A ghost story is told.

Violence

Wol and Weeps are carnivores, so sometimes they attack other animals. Billy's dad shoots some crows. The boys' teacher falls out of a tree and breaks his camera.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Some boys abuse Weeps the owl before Billy gets him.

Conclusion

A great book. It has an interesting perspective on some Canadian wildlife and is told in an appealing manner. It is ideal for getting kids interested in discovering animals, especially owls.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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