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This is the total number of profanity incidents in this 240 page book.

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Author: Kathryn Lasky
Key Words: Fiction, Owls, Nature

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Book Description:

GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE is a classic hero mythology about the fight between good and evil. This series is filled with adventure, suspense, and heart.

In the first book in the GUARDIANS... series, the reader is introduced to Soren, a barn owl and the centerpiece of the series. When Soren is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. When Soren arrives at St. Aggie's, he suspects there is more to the school than meets the eye. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that St. Aggie's is actually a training camp where the school's leader can groom young owls to help achieve her goal.


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Children's Bad Words

Mild Obscenities and Substitutions - 44 Incidents

by Glaux, Great Glaux, Good Glaux, bless my gizzard, for Glaux's sake, stupid, stupidly, racdrops, hell (place), what in Glaux's name, shut up

Name Calling - 13 Incident

stupid, wet poopers, addle-brained idiot, fool, idiots, ugly rat-faced

Scatological Terms - 4 Incident

bl**dy (referring to lots of blood - not the swear word)

Religious & Supernatural - 4 Incidents

Owls sing a song of worship to the school they belong to.

An owl wonders if the other owls are “demon spirits in a feathered guise.”

Their is a legend of an enchanted owl.

Mentions sea serpents that could “walk upon the land and swim in the sea.”

Violence - None

Romance Related - 1 Incidents

The words "breast" and "butt" are used - non sexual

Conversation Topics - 2 Incidents

“Sometimes rules are made to be broken.”

An owl has to be deceptive and lie so he doesn’t become brainwashed (throughout the book).

Attitudes/Disobedience - 8 Incidents

An older brother resents a younger brother.

“Sometimes his parents really embarrassed him, especially his da with his stupid jokes.”

A son mutters to his father “How many times have I heard this lecture!”

A son talks back to his father and glares at him.

An owl is selfish and doesn’t want to share.

A son is disrespectful and yawns at his father’s storytelling.

The older brother sneers at the younger brother and won’t help him. (You find out later that he pushed his younger brother out of the nest to die).

A little owl swears and thinks it feels good, but then feels like he’s betraying his father.

Parent Takeaway

The mean, older brother is not in the book long and you kind of anticipate him being a future "bad guy," so his attitudes and actions aren't portrayed positively. The little owl, whom the book is about, loves his family and wishes to be reunited with them after he's been kidnapped. He tries to be brave, to not become brainwashed, and to think creatively so he and a friend can escape. The friend too, exhibits loyalty as she will not leave without him.

Throughout the story there are "swear words." Although they are "made up" swear words for the book (so not universally recognized as swear words) they are still such and used similarly. In fact, the little owls even comment on this, and at first gasp when the words are used but later add them to their working vocabulary. For example, "Oh, racdrops!” which the book explains as the following: “Racdrops, short for raccoon droppings, was one of the most daring, dirtiest, worst words an owlet could say.”

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