Title: Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Shattering.
Author: Kathryn Lasky.
Genre: Fiction, children's lit, YA, animals, adventure, fantasy.
Publication Date: August 1, 2004.
Summary: In the midst of war, Eglantine unwittingly becomes a spy for Kludd, leader of the Pure Ones. She is brainwashed by an owl sent by the Pure Ones to infiltrate the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. Her odd behavior eventually attracts attention, and Soren and his friends vow to find out what's wrong with Eglantine. Kludd continues to battle against the Guardians of Ga'Hoole for control of their tree.
My rating: 7/10.
♥ For Eglantine, it seemed as if she had lived in an empty hollow forever; yes, that was what death meant for those who had not died but grieved endlessly. The grieving life was a large bare hollow, with long empty flight paths leading to it.
♥ Now Primrose blinked at Eglantine. In that moment, she knew that Eglantine had changed. It was as if she had suddenly grown, not just up but much, much older. She would sacrifice her life for that egg. She would die to save that egg from the Pure Ones. Until that moment, Eglantine had only thought about death as depriving her of something she loved - her mother, her father, the place she had once called home. But now Primrose knew that Eglantine realized that you could die for something. You could die for something you loved. You could die fighting against something you hated. You could die for freedom, the freedom of the owl kingdoms.