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The Escape (Horses of the Dawn Series #1)

The Escape (Horses of the Dawn Series #1)

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by Kathryn Lasky

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Get ready for a wild run in bestselling author Kathryn Lasky's brand-new middle grade animal fantasy series. The horses are in danger. They were rounded up by the two-legs and forced onto a boat to cross the wide ocean. The journey went badly and the boat was deemed too heavy, so the two-legs forced the horses into the sea and sailed away, leaving the herd to die in


Get ready for a wild run in bestselling author Kathryn Lasky's brand-new middle grade animal fantasy series. The horses are in danger. They were rounded up by the two-legs and forced onto a boat to cross the wide ocean. The journey went badly and the boat was deemed too heavy, so the two-legs forced the horses into the sea and sailed away, leaving the herd to die in the deep. By a miracle, the horses survived and made it to land. All but one -- the ghost horse, the leader of the pack. Now it's up to her daughter, only a filly, to take charge of the terrified herd. Stranded in a new land, surrounded by two-legs, will the horses find a way to live safe and free?

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A new middle-grade animal fantasy saga by Newbery Honor-winning author Kathryn Lasky (The Wolves of the Beyond series) begins with a herd of horses rounded up by "two legs' and pushed and prodded onto a ship much too small for all their mass. When the boat sinks beneath the waves, the horses thrash in the water and struggle to swim to shore. All are saved except one: the "ghost horse," the leader of the pack. Can her filly daughter take her place and protect the herd? An irresistible start to an enthralling new series.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Horses of the Dawn , #1
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Scholastic, Inc.
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2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole fantasy series has more than seven million copies in print, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A TIME FOR COURAGE and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA.

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The Escape (Horses of the Dawn Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
momof3boys12 More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed. I convinced my son to choose this over a fighting book and instead got a story wherein all humans are bad - even those who cared for the horses but had no power to help them. Repeatedly all humans were labelled as greedy. Then is described the horses arriving to see a human heart in a stone bowl and the body parts and bodies of multiple people spread around amidst the bloody ground. Only the horses save an infant from sacrifice and shortly thereafter a horse's head is cut off and paraded around. All "gods" are spurned and scorned as if belief in them is stupid. This is not subject matter I think is appropriate for the recommended middle school age child, but I don't know that the writing is up to the junior high level. Sorry, I was really sad that such a seemingly appealing story would put such horrid images and thoughts in my child's mind at this young age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this novel with great expectations, and only got them halfway fufilled. This book was a little hard to folloe. The parts about the gods and sacrifices were confusing. I also didn't like the way it made humans seem so cruel. I ride, and I hope my pony doesn't think of me the way the horses think of the Seeker and co. On the other hand, Estrella is a good character and I will be watching to see what she does in the future. I would not recommend this book to anyone below a mature 12 year old due to grafic content. I enjoied the author's other books and was a bit disappointed by this one. If you are looking for good horse books, try Jane Smiely. She is my alltime favorite author. This is an interesting first book in a serise I would like to see develop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to hope and wait that Lasky might one day return to finish the Wolves of the Beyond series. I saw potenial in that series the moment I saw that first book. But now she has abondoned the world and animals that had made her a well known author. Now she has given up those popular fantasy books for this. I have to have faith in her that one day she will return to the characters and the world that I loved. Maybe that won't happen so I will look elsewhere. I hope she will return to her world, the world of Ga'Hoole. Perhaps one day...........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank u so mush for your post! I was about to get this- and I absolutly love horse- so I couldn't stand reading about thw horses head getting chopped of!!!!!!!!! It's so sad when people mistreat animals! :( If you want your son to read really good book, tell him to look up the Phantom Stallion serise and the Phantom Stallion Wild Horse Island serise by Terri Farley! I was ten when I started reading it and I still read it today! I'm twelve now. I haven't been able to read much cause I have two 2 week old calves tht we are bucket feeding. But I named my calf after the orphan calf the girl in the book resuces from quicksand! FYI...... his name is Buddy, but in the book the calf is a female. Hope you enjoy reading about the Phantom instead!!!!!! IT'S AN AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!! NO BAD WORD AT ALL!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. There was enough historic information and emotion to make you feel that you would love to know this horse. She makes you feel that if you owned her you would like to find somewhere to set her free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She stoped making guardians of gahoole FOR THIS?#1i like owls and wolves much beter #2 It is set in n. America so it is proboly about history and im not saying i dont like histoy but i like science beter. :*(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wuv all (what is it now, six erin hunters?) of them, but i like Lasky'a writing style better. (And yet i choose an erin hunter nickname) -Rockshadow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very good book, but it was a little confusing for me since I don't know very much about horses. It is definitely a middle school or above book.
ShannonODonnell More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I love Kathryn Lasky and have full sets of her other stories. HORSES OF THE DAWN will no doubt join the ranks of popular Lasky books, although I think it will be more appealing to the upper middle grade audience due to the graphic nature of the storyline. That said, it is a powerful and engrossing story. The animals become real and precious to us--as always--which leads to a personal investment in the satisfying outcome. My daughter loved this book and we are both looking forward to book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. It was verry u usual for Katherine lasky for me expecially because I read the series of wolves of the beyond . You will love this book I promise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome!!! I bought it a while ago. It teaches you many things about the animals and the lands. It lets you better understand the animals point of view. This is a rich book, but i'll have to abmit theres alot of sad deaths, and always after you begin to understand the character top!!!! It certantly makes you want to read way more!!!! I love the plot of these animals and how they thrive fpr freedom. Its a must read, if your a horse person if not you might not under stand all the horse talk, such as bits, gaits, shoeing, and meadow wisdom. Like i said a MUST read!!!!! Great job author!!!! After all im a horse person!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book yet, but just the words "two-legs" gave it away. There are others in this book, but kathryn lasky, if you are reading this, then please make more Gaurdians of Gahoole, or Wolves of the Beyond, aka (spoiler alert) Wolves of the Distant Blue. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I Saw this book at my book fair, and I got it!!!!! This teaches a liitle bit of history, and if you want to learn a liitle bit about spnish, you toatly need to read this book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book, and you should get it.But it wasn't that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did'nt understand one thing - ZaneDude101
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katla is the dest caricrr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very bad language. I love the plot but spoiler alert! My favorite horse dies in the end. But estrella meaning star has become my favorite name. Good book, but bad language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that the horse diaries where good well this is even better! I definatly think you should get it because it is worth the monmey. By the way i did not buy it on the nook i bought it in store. I especialy like the begggining when it is in the point of view of a horse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! I hope there is a series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book i say if you dont read this book you miss a very good read. But suit your selfs if you choose not to get this book YOU ARE MISSING THE CHANCE TO NOT GET BORED .. if you are like me you will want to sit and read insted of playing electricks all day . Read this book . From, Foxface.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you ever wonder what horses are thinking, or what all the neighs and whinnies mean to them?  Well, here is your answer – read Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky, this book will answer all your questions, it will also make you feel happy, sad, and most of all it can help you understand what it is like to be a horse. This book is about a filly (baby female horse) named Estrella and her journey from a sling on a ship to the open frontier and everywhere in-between. The setting is the south-west United States and Mexico, there is also a map at the beginning and end of the book for further assistance in geography.  The herd’s problems are just about everything: coyotes, mountain cats, men, dehydration, and of course, well, you’ll find out.  They meet new horses, make some friends and try to survive.   I absolutely loved this book; every chapter kept you on your toes and made you keep on reading and reading.  I especially loved it when Estrella described what it was like to run for the first time and how you could picture every little thing that was happening, even when it almost makes you cry.  Horses of the Dawn made me feel like I was right there in it all and experiencing all the action.  I enjoyed this book and I think all of you will too.  I would recommend it to anyone from age 8 to 95; it is really for every one of every gender, age, and author preference.  I think you will find this book interesting if you like entertaining fiction. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is.making books for all.my fav animak first owl then wolf and now the HORSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooo happy it looks like a great book I a, so happy this auther is my fav along with erin hunter !!!!