Out of the Valley of Horses

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$18.95  $17.62
Pajama Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
Award-winning author Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Alberta. The daughter of an Air Force pilot, she has since lived around the world, including several years in Colorado, France, and England. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia, but returns to North America yearly to visit her family. Wendy's many books for children have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Prominent among them is Nim's Island, which was made into the 2008 film of the same name; a 2013 sequel, Return to Nim's Island, was loosely based on Orr's book, Nim at Sea. Orr's 2017 novel, Dragonfly Song, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books selection. Its 2018 companion, Swallow's Dance, earned three starred reviews and was a USBBY Outstanding International Book and a School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book. Her final book in the series, Cuckoo's Flight (2021), earned high praise and is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Praise for Out of the Valley of Horses

49th Shelf Spring 2024 "Most Anticipated Books for Young Readers" Selection

Quill and Quire 2024 Spring Preview: Books for Young People--Middle Grade Selection

"A novel that will sink into readers' bones as they root for the family....This is a wonderful, unique family survival story with a majestic herd of horses who are not portrayed as wild animals, but as the wise creatures that they truly are....Orr's latest will delight middle grade readers searching for escape and home simultaneously. Highly recommended for middle grade fiction collections."--School Library Journal ★ Starred Review

"Reminiscent of fairy tales and fish-out-of-water tales...this speculative story has a just-right mix of fantasy and reality, excellent descriptions of the settings (both enchanted and realistic), and a strong main character with an important quest....A beautifully executed, fantastical what-if tale for right now."--Kirkus Reviews ★ Starred Review

"The poetic, dreamy writing tells the story in third person, but the narrative generally sticks to the perspectives of the children as they notice the little changes and yearn to leave the place that has kept them safe for most of their lives. A moody and atmospheric adventure ideal for horse fans."--Booklist

"With a recommendation from the Junior Library Guild....this is a book about restoration and the faith that you'll get through the hard times."--Fuse 8, School Library Journal

"The pace of the story is frantic, non-put-downable....an absolutely compelling and original and fast-moving fantasy."--Youth Services Book Review ★ Starred Review

"Young readers who like magic, adventure, and horses will love it!...a spellbinding tale....as magical as that of Orr's popular book Nim's Island, with a sprinkling of ancient fairy tale dust and plenty of magical horses, make this a must-read."--The International Educator

"I was on the edge of my seat as Honey embarked on a daring quest to escape the valley's boundaries. Fantasy readers will love this world, blending reality with fiction and the magical horses."--Kids Book Buzz

"A great portal fantasy."--YA Books Central