Horses of the Dawn #1: The Escape

Series: Horses of the Dawn

by Kathryn Lasky

Scholastic Press
December 2014

Ages 9 – 12 . Grades 4 – 7

Lexile measure: 730L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: V

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?
Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over 100 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 and 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 historical fiction titles, such as Beyond the Burning Time and True North. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • “A haunting story of loss, self-discovery, survival, and homecoming.” – Publishers Weekly

    “As in her Guardians of Ga'hoole series, Lasky uses animals to touch on very human issues . . . the cost of freedom and the adversity that comes with the pursuit of one's dreams.” –Kirkus Reviews

    “Readers will root for Estrella and eagerly await the next installment.”– Booklist


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545397308

240pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝