The Owl Service

The Owl Service

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Something is scratching around in the attic above Alison's room. Yet the only thing up there is a stack of grimy old plates. Alison and her stepbrother, Roger, discover that the flowery patterns on the plates, when traced onto paper, can be fitted together to create owls--owls that disappear when no one is watching. With each vanished owl, strange events begin to happen . As the kids uncover the mystery of the owl service, they become trapped within a local legend, playing out roles in a tragic love story that has repeated itself for generations . . . and has always ended in disaster.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 219 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 16mm | 222.26g
  • Odyssey Classics
  • United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0152056181
  • 9780152056186
  • 278,229

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"A book to be read and re-read . . . Stirring to the emotions and the imagination."--"Christian Science Monitor "

"It is hard to write with restraint about Alan Garner's talent, so deftly does he build his story . . . of bright fantasy and somber Welsh legend, of romantic adventure and acid realism."--"Saturday Review "
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About Alan Garner

ALAN GARNER is the award-winning author of "Elidor," "The Owl Service," "The Moon of Gomrath," "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen," and "The Stone Book Quartet." He lives in Cheshire, England.
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4,284 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,259)
4 31% (1,346)
3 26% (1,098)
2 10% (417)
1 4% (164)
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