I love how no one thinks it's wrong for a middle school girl to be in love with her teacher and spy on him while he is changing. Furthermore there really isn't a plot. It's just shape-shifters mixed with inappropriate romance.
I am in love with Mr. Lindstrom, my science techer. I have found out where he lives and every night perch on a tree branch outside his bedroom window and watch him sleep in his underwear: Fruit of the Loom size 34.
Like her ancestors, Owl Tycho is a shape-shifer - an apparently normal fourteen-year-old girl who can change into an owl at wil. Unfortunately for Owl, Mr. Lindstrom is twenty-six years her senior, married, and living in a split-level in the suburbs. Still, Owl keeps watch nightly over Mr. Lindstrom - and as she does, she notices a strange owl and a wild, vicious boy lurking in the woods outside his home. Sinister shadows are gathering around her loved one. Does Owl have the wisdom and courage to protect him?
This is a weird book. I like Kindl's writing but this is certainly a bit different from her other stuff. The idea of the were-owl is well fleshed out (although the thought of a were-owl eating dead mice while in human form was just yucky). The plot line was pretty predictable, but not more so than most other light teen stuff.
Owl is one of the most unusual teenage-girl protagonists I've ever read. She observes humanity with a detached air, secure in the idea that as a wereowl she is apart from all this. Actually, she's not. Watching her find that out is just one delicious part of a truly fun book. Admittedly, it's not for everyone, but give it a try; it might be for you.
Was quickly sucked into the fantasy world of this book, where the heroine is a young teen going to school by day and living as a wereowl by night. Has lots of differences between her and usual kids - her owl point of view on food, human relations, housing, etc. Intriguing and fast read - would have liked a long book if reading for an adult audience - was only 204 pages, but still satisfactory plot. Teens will appreciate the sense of alienation, learning about oneself, understanding parents, teachers, and fellow students. Not only was the heroine, Owl, very unusual, but her parents and other parents were also different. Folks reading the book may also get insight about the pitfalls of having parents that are not connected to reality - and maybe not wish for that type of parents.
A truly wonderful book. I loved imagining what it would be like to be a wereowl. There were lots of surprises in this book. Not just fantasy, a story about different kinds of relationships and fitting in. Owl has a crush on a teacher, for starters.
A good quick read for a young teen.