Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ February 6, 2014

Horses of the Dawn #1: The Escape
Kathryn Lasky (Author)
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The Escape by Kathryn Lasky is an action-packed adventure story set in Mexico in the 1500s inspired by the fascinating history of the wild mustangs of the North American west. The whole idea behind the novel really captures the imagination. The Escape will definitely appeal to fans of the author’s other animal adventure 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?
This is really an innovated book. Picture the Spanish conquest of The New World told from the point of view of the horses that were first brought by Hernando Cortes when he landed in what is now Mexico. There is a little violence but it is never gratuitous. Katheryn Lasky is known for her scrupulous historical research which she puts to good use here but not at the risk of characterization or plot. You will fall in love with these horses. It is a spectacular achievement.
Price:
Kindle CDN$ 9.99
Hardcover CDN$13.71
Available from www.amazon.ca
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