The Escape (Horses of the Dawn #1) – MG Review

Book Review, Middle Grade
The Escape: Horses of the Dawn #1 |

The Escape: Horses of the Dawn #1 |

The Escape: Horses of the Dawn #1 by Kathryn Lasky

Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: Horses of the Dawn (Book 1) | Hardcover: 240 pages | Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 7, 2014)


About The Escape:

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?


About the Author:

Kathryn LaskyKathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, Guardians of Ga’Hoole Book 15: The War of the Ember, was released on November 1, 2008. Guardians of Gahoole: A guide to the Great Tree was released on September 1st, almost a month before projected selling time. She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Book 15, The War of the Ember, is currently the last book in the Ga’Hoole series. The Rise of a Legend is the 16th book but is a prequel to the series. Lasky has also written Guide Book To The Great Tree and Lost Tales Of Ga’Hoole which are companion books.

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My Thoughts on The Escape:

Estrella is born on a ship. She doesn’t feel land under her feet until she and several other horses are tossed overboard and swim for their lives to the nearest shore. From there, the horses begin a journey north to find the land of their ancestors, the land where the sweet grass grows. But the journey is wrought with danger, deception, and dissension. Estrella must remain strong and lead her new herd to freedom and safety.
The Escape is a beautiful story of hardship, determination, and perseverance. Fans of animal adventure stories like the Warriors series will find much to enjoy here. Because of some of the content, I would recommend this book to upper middle grade readers. The horses face a lot of trials from the hands of humans and nature alike, but there are also themes of following your heart, courage, and loyalty.

Content: violence and disturbing images (human sacrifices, deer being eaten by mountain lions, horses being killed).

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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