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Book Title: Owl in Love|
ISBN 13: 9780395661628
The author of the book: Patrice Kindl
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: October 25th 1993
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 355 KB
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Reader ratings: 3.3
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This book is quirky, unique, and surprisingly touching. I wondered how the author was going to pull off the were-owl aspect, but as Kindl seems to have created a sort of alternate Earth where magic is possible and shapeshifting occasionally crops up in families, it wasn't nearly as farfetched (in terms of the story's internal logic, that is) as I'd thought. Certainly Kindl does an excellent job of conveying Owl's detached, alien perspective on human life while still making her a sympathetic character. I can see how some readers (especially some teens) might be instantly put off by Owl's crush on her forty-year-old science teacher and want to put the book down right there, but Kindl actually gives us a logical explanation for the attraction and handles it sensitively and well. On the whole, I really enjoyed this book and might even pick it up and read it again sometime.
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Read information about the authorChildhood:
I was born in Alplaus New York in 1951, the youngest of four daughters. My father is a mechanical engineer, my mother a housewife. My family is very nice – I like them all a lot. As a child I loved animals and read obsessively.
We had (still have) a family cottage on Lake George. The people who live next door are life-long friends. On summer weekdays during my childhood there were ten females in the two houses, no males. As a result of this background I feel that I understand girls better than boys, which is why I write primarily for girls.
Education and other jobs:
After high school I went to Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri. Oddly enough, given the location, it was a well-thought-of theater school. I attended for a year and a half and then (this was the 60’s, early 70’s) dropped out and decamped for New York City and a real drama school (not a liberal arts college like Webster). I appeared in a few television commercials, waitressed, auditioned and did a little modeling.
After three or four years of this sort of thing I realized I was going nowhere fast. I came back upstate and worked, at first full-time and then, after I married and my son was born, part-time, as a secretary at a consulting engineering firm called Encotech. As a result, I am an excellent touch typist today, which is handy for a writer.
I only began writing seriously when I was in my late thirties and was first published in my early forties. While I worked on OWL IN LOVE (my first book) I became involved in a program called Helping Hands, in which I raised two monkeys to be aides to quadriplegics. You can check it out at www.helpinghandsmonkeys.org. You can see a photograph of Kandy on this page and Susi on the FAQ page.
My husband Paul is president of Encotech (that’s where I met him). My son Alex is 25. He and his art rock band Bible Study (no religious connotation) live with us part-time. They rehearse directly over my office, so it is lucky that I think they are great musicians (Click here to listen to one of their songs). The vocalist is one of America’s few female Master Falconers. When the band is in residence we also have several hawks or falcons.
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