The Owl Service

By Alan Garner

Rating: 3 stars

Three children in the Welsh valleys are doomed to relive a legend and must discover the secret of the dinner service with the owl motif to stop it.

For most of the way through this book, I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. When I got to the end, I decided that I didn’t. The writing style is odd, with things sometimes changing from one paragraph to the next with the reader being left to fill in the blanks. While this is often an effective device, I don’t think it worked in this case in the contexts that were given. None of the protagonists were particularly sympathetic, and I didn’t care hugely what happened to them by the end.

Book details

ISBN: 9780152056186
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Year of publication: 1967

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