The Owl Service
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... show more
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.
Publish date: March 1st 2006
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, European Literature
, British Literature
The Owl Service centres on three young people (I'm guessing maybe fifteen years old?) living in an ancient house in Wales. Alison owns the house; Roger is her stepbrother, Gwyn is the housekeeper's son. One day, they find a stack of plates in the attic, a dinner service with an owl pattern on it. In...
I was given this as a present from an aunt many years ago, and now in my 50s it has been re rad so many times,I have had to re buy it,, Great story, creepy, with a little humour,,
an impressionistic tale of three teens reenacting a deadly eternal triangle in a welsh village. strange yearnings and mysterious motivations are anchored by enjoyably prosaic dialogue, the oddly off-kilter use of slang, and a sharp but subtle sense of warfare between the classes. a nicely clean and ...
Mysterious events in a house turn frightening in Alan Garner's reworking of the Welsh Blodeuwedd myth. Stars Siriol JenkinsBroadcast on:BBC Radio 7, 1:00pm Sunday 4th April 2010Duration:90 minutesAvailable until:4:02am Sunday 11THIS has to be the most exciting thing to come my way(for free) in a lon...
Garner wrote this in a spare Kitchen Sink Drama style, and it mostly deals with class conflict. Not at all what I was expecting from a Welsh myth. And the ending - I didn't see that coming. I'm not sure that I'd recommend this to any but a rather mature reader, since Garner has made this more a p...