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There's an Owl in the Shower: 03/24/15
There's an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George was published five years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally put the Northern Spotted Owl on the threatened species list. The result was a well-needed restriction on logging in old growth forests, further forcing change in logging practices.
Borden, the son of an unemployed logger, finds an owl chick and takes him home. The owl is a spotted owl, but at such a young age, spotted owls can be easily misidentified. Borden and his father take in the owl and begin to raise it — against federal and state regulations.
There's a lot of anger among the main characters and a lot of threatened violence — against the environmentalists and the owls themselves. Though understandable, the characterization seemed heavy handed many times. Craighead George's characters are usually more subtly crafted but here she seems to have been in a hurry to get through the book.