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By Christine Brodien-Jones Maggie Kneen | Comments: ( 129 ) | Date: ( May 30, 2020 )

Maxwell Unger has always loved the night He used to do brave things like go tramping through the forest with his gran after dark He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction about nature, and books, and the silver owls His favorite story, though, was about the Owl Keeper.According to Max s gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appeaMaxwell Unger has always loved the night He used to do brave things like go tramping through the forest with his gran after dark He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction about nature, and books, and the silver owls His favorite story, though, was about the Owl Keeper.According to Max s gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark Gran is gone now, and so are her stories of how the world used to be Max is no longer brave The forest is dangerous, the books Gran had saved have been destroyed, and the silver owls are extinct At least that s what the High Echelon says But Max knows better.Maxwell Unger has a secret And when a mysterious girl comes to town, he might just have to start being brave again.The time of the Owl Keeper, Gran would say, is coming soon.Book Details Format HardcoverPublication Date 4 13 2010Pages Reading Level Age 10 and Up


  • Title: The Owl Keeper
  • Author: Christine Brodien-Jones Maggie Kneen
  • ISBN: 9780385738149
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Christine Brodien-Jones Maggie Kneen

I ve always been drawn to the mysterious other worlds we inhabit as children the invisible secret worlds that adults never seem to notice Much of my childhood was spent immersed in books the library was just around the corner and I wrote my first story at age seven about a girl and a dragon.Branches of trees were the best places to read books My favorites were fairy tales, fantasy and science fiction, including books by Edward Eager, Astrid Lindgren, Ray Bradbury and Madeleine L Engle Years later I would read these same stories to my sons Ian and Derek.After studying creative writing at Emerson College, Boston, I traveled and lived in Almeria Spain , London and Amsterdam I met my husband Peter, a native of Wales, while traveling and we raised our two boys in New England Over the years I ve worked as a free lance journalist, an editor and a teacher.I m the author of the post apocalyptic fantasy THE OWL KEEPER Delacorte Press, 2010 and THE SCORPIONS OF ZAHIR Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012 Delacorte will publish my next book, THE GLASS PUZZLE, in June 2013 I m represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.When I m not writing, I love to sail, read, hike and explore distant corners of Argentina Peter and I divide our time between Gloucester, Massachusetts and an old country house in Deer Isle, Maine We spend our winters in Buenos Aires, Argentina.



Comments The Owl Keeper

  • Kate

    The Owl Keeper is a non-stop, action packed ball of awesomeness. Based on the novel's summary, I figured I was in for a tale just about a boy and owls. Thought there also might be a little fantasy sprinkled in to keep things going. Wrong. Christine Brodien-Jones carefully mixes in hints of dystopian, mystery, adventure, and fantasy to create hands down the best novel aimed at younger teens that I have read since the Harry Potter series.To say the least, Christine Brodien-Jones and The Owl Keeper [...]


  • Rebecca McNutt

    This book is fantastic, original and exciting, and in this day and age, book like that are getting increasingly difficult to find. I loved it, it's definitely worth reading.


  • Mel

    Okay. My mother picked this out for me, which just shows that she can NOT be charged with deciding what I read. EVER. The whole High Echelon was creepy, but not in a cool, pulls-you-in way. I haven't read that much Dystopian, and this is just drivel Dystopian. I'll stick with Hunger Games, perhaps Divergent someday, but NOT this crap.Maxwell Unger is a wimp, who supposedly USED to be brave when his dear old granny was alive. Also, he's the most GULLIBLE IDIOT in the entire world. It was COMPLETE [...]


  • Jan

    Eleven-year-old Max Unger lived with his parents in a world of the future, a few decades after the Great Destruction of 2066. Because he was told he had a sun allergy, he stayed indoors in the daytime. At night, he loved to wander in the light of the 2 moons, and dream of caring for owls, who were also creatures of the dark. His special love was silver owls, and he was horrified when he heard that the High Echelon wanted to eliminate all of them. Max's Gran had told him silver owls were special, [...]


  • Danika Dinsmore

    I was really drawn to this book by the concept. It sounded so original. A boy living in a post-apocalyptic world who is allergic to the daylight and in search of The Owl Keeper. A combination dystopia - fantasy, two of my favourite genres.I was a bit disappointed, though. I couldn't get emotionally invested in the main characters, who were underdeveloped. Max was an extremely passive protagonist. Instead of deducing and investigating and discovering and being ingenious, he coincidentally overhea [...]


  • Theresa Milstein

    This review is from my nine-year-old daughter Mia:The Owl Keeper is a dystopian book that has fantasy in it. It was about a boy named Max who can't go out in the light because he's allergic to sun particles. Yet it's mysterious because no one will tell him anything, like what his parents do at their work. Max has started to forget lots of things about his past. He has an owl on a tree outside his house that he sneaks to at night. The government says there are no owls. Max thinks the government l [...]


  • Max Uhrig

    This turned out to be more of a childrens book than I expected, but still was a very pleasant read. The story is nothing out of the ordinary but it is sweet and builds a cool and surprisingly dark world.Some of the more "action"packed scenes could have profited from a few additional pages, it feels like the book glances over a lot of things, which on the other hand keeps it from ever getting stale. I guess the ending builds up to a to be announced sequel, because otherwise it would indeed take t [...]


  • Jeanette

    1 1/2 stars. This book had no idea what it wanted to be about.


  • Katieb (MundieMoms)

    I am so captivated by the cover. It's beautiful. The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are just as intriguing. Get ready to be swept away into an amazing world where nothing is what it seems, and as the darkness is taking over the world, the hope of many rests on two eleven and twelve year olds. Max and Rose live in a world that has been taken over by The High Echelon. They have destroyed everything that was good in the world, and have killed off most of the animals, altered the wea [...]


  • Cat

    Beautifully written, fantastic story. I will certainly buy more books from this author. Brilliant debut!(from my blog)This book was beautifully written. The story was beautiful, the descriptions were beautiful the relationship between Max and his owl and yes, even Rose was beautiful.This story was also creepy in a way that I was not expecting. Guess what? I stumbled into yet another dystopian novel and didn’t even know it! I was just so happy that my crappy library had this book when none of t [...]


  • Kitty Chatfou

    My overall reaction to this novel is extremely favorable. I have definitely found another all time favorite children's author. My 12 year old daughter read the book and demanded I read it right after she was done. In her words, "Mom, this is one of the greatest books I have ever read, there has to be a second book!" She promptly made me stop what I was doing and look up the author to find out. When I told her there were other novels by Mrs. Jones she let me know with profound importance that she [...]


  • Val

    I so wanted to love this book. The idea for the story was great but the stilted dialog and under developed plot really made it lack. I can see younger readers who might not care too much about the little details, enjoying this book. However, as a librarian I was very disappointed in how the author failed to resolve or describe some of the side stories and the reason as to why the world was in such turmoil. Where did the High Echelon come from in the first place?? Why were they imprisoning childr [...]


  • Teeyanna

    It was one of the weirdest books I have ever read in my life! ButI loved it. I really loved this book. How you didn't know if the two main characters would make a love story,or just a classic friendship one. It was very good. The suspense will eat you up. Especially the parts when you find out something that you never knew. Its a big deal.


  • Lily

    This was a very good book. It was scary in some parts. My favorite part is when they were chased by the Misshapens.


  • Caly ☯

    It was a good middle grade book with the bones for a great adult book. The story is simplified and rushed but has great elements. Even a sequel would have made this better. Oh well.


  • Lilibeth

    With only memories of his Gran, small treasures that were sneaked past Mrs.Cumlin's inspections, Maxwell Unger lives through the night and dark of the High Echelon's world. Getting monthly injections of grotesque liquid was a result of Max's allergy to "sun particles." The stories of silver owls and Silver Prophecies are practically forbidden to speak. So is Max's Gran's death. With the slow deterioration of his memory, Max tries to visit his owl tree and his silver owl every night. One night he [...]


  • Kari

    Though this is a middle grade novel with a main character who is 11, close to 12, this book is certainly not written on a elementary level. The writing is strong and the descriptions thorough, giving a great overall image and making it enjoying for readers of all ages. Particularly for this book, the age choice works beautifully, pulling the story in a way it wouldn't otherwise go if the main character was even just a few years older.Max leads a unique life even in this dystopian setting, confin [...]


  • Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    Years in the future, the world we all know has been transformed and the High Echelon is in charge of everything. The citizens are assigned to jobs and lives and the once beautiful land and wildlife is nonexistent. The silver owls that once roamed the skies are said to be extinct and both their song and their magic is gone. Max Unger is an often scared, frail eleven year old boy who has lived much of his life in the dark. Max is told that he is allergic to sun particles, so the majority of his ti [...]


  • Alyssa

    I was a little skeptical about this one, mostly because of the dystopian type setting, however I persevered and read it through to the end! :) I would really shoot more for a 3.5 star rating, but not as far as 4 stars. Don't get me wrong this is a great book! (Before I get too in-depth, remember this is my personal opinion only, you may completely disagree with my entire review, but you should still read the book, despite what my or any review says!) :)Now, first the cover is absolutely beautifu [...]


  • Julie

    This book was an exercise in frustration. The main character, a 12 year old boy, was unbelievably dumb; and I felt an insult to all 12 year old boys. The main themes were beyond a fantasy distopia. Do you really want themes of all government is evil; and don't trust your baby sitter-she's drugging you, for 10 year old kids? I was offended too that the main character's parents were "too tired from working all day in the chocolate factory" to notice that the baby sitter was evil?! Owls are hugely [...]


  • Celeste

    Kind of a contemporary fantasy, kind of a post-apoc dystopia. What a strange yet inventive mix! There are ancient prophecies about silver owls and Sages, and there are weird government-run genetic experiments and futuristic dome cities. And it all somehow works. The dialogue isn't the most natural-feeling and a lot of the plot elements are pretty superficial, but they're okay for a middle grade book. There is some pretty creepy and dark stuff but probably nothing beyond Roald Dahl-level. I wasn' [...]


  • Lily

    This book is too good that i want to read it again cause i forgot what it was about but only leaving the memory of me reading it made me so excited!!!!! i want to read it over and over and over and over!!!!!


  • Melinda

    2.5 stars -- I liked it a bit more than Cyrus, but I agree with him that the characters were inconsistently developed, and that both the writing and the plot were rather underwhelming at times.


  • Connie

    A great story about a dystopic society and how one animal could make a difference.


  • Erin Woodall

    I really enjoyed this story. The imagery is beautiful. Seeing how the characters struggle with who they are is just like everyday life.


  • Laura

    too long.


  • Aelvana

    Max used to have a good life with his grandma, who taught him all about the silver owls and the prophecy that one day the Owl Keeper would overthrow the darkness with the help of a silver owl. But after his grandma dies, he contracts a strange disease that leaves him allergic to sunlight. Then the silver owl shows up. Max is infatuated with the owl, but the government is trying to exterminate them . . .This book tries to blend fantasy with dystopia, and in my opinion usually fails. From the few [...]


  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    I am so captivated by the cover. It's beautiful. The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are just as intriguing. Get ready to be swept away into an amazing world where nothing is what it seems, and as the darkness is taking over the world, the hope of many rests on two eleven and twelve year olds. Max and Rose live in a world that has been taken over by The High Echelon. They have destroyed everything that was good in the world, and have killed off most of the animals, altered the wea [...]


  • Tanja Voosen

    BuchgestaltungIch liebe das Cover, denn ich liebe Eulen. Und das Cover ist so schön gestaltet. Es schafft eine perfekte Mischung aus mysteriösem und märchenhaftem. Ist die Eule nicht einfach nur supersüß? :) Ach ja, zum Titel und Inhalt passt es natürlich wie die Faust aufs Auge!MeinungMan merkt dem Buch deutlich an, das es für jüngere Leser konzipiert ist und trotzdem bin ich der Geschichte total erlegen, weil sie einfach zauberhaft war! Das Faszinierende an dem Buch war auch, das es ty [...]


  • Sarah

    I was super excited about this book; dystopia/fantasy for Middle Grade, what could be better? After reading Uglies about a year ago I have been reading all the dystopic, futuristic YA I can find, but I haven't really found many Middle Grade dystopias. So as soon as I heard about The Owl Keeper I knew I had to read it. Brodien-Jones has crafted a beautiful, exciting, action-filled story perfect for middle graders. I couldn't put it down; I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen to Ma [...]


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