Hoot Owl Hollow

Children - Preteen
56 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2015
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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

Hoot Owl Hollow by Jill Watson Glassco is a pleasant, educational, Christian-centered family tale that will delight children and adults alike. Set in rural Georgia, Hoot Owl Hollow is the story of a veterinarian who leaves Atlanta to join the practice of a country doctor in the rural hollow of the title, the friends she makes there, and her experience of coming into the Christian faith as she is supported by the members of the community.

Glassco’s tale is as educational as it is heartwarming - along the way, references to the writings of Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Cherokee culture color the narrative, interspersed between familiar Bible stories retold with the folksy charm of mountain culture. There is also a touch of mystery to propel the story forward; as any further mention of this element might spoil enjoyment, this mystery is best left for readers to discover on their own.

Jill Watson Glassco’s Hoot Owl Hollow would be a perfect story for young adults to read and discuss as part of a youth group or church curriculum. At the end of each chapter, a Bible verse and designated space for writing “petitions from your heart to Jesus” encourage reflection and discussion. The story is written in a colloquial style with short, easily understood chapters entertaining enough to hold the interest of experienced readers but short enough not to prove daunting for reluctant or beginning readers. Hoot Owl Hollow by Jill Watson Glassco has all the elements of a classic family tale and will no doubt entertain and educate readers for years to come.