Project Description


Moon Shadow

by Chris Platt

A young girl’s love for a beautiful Mustang mare fuels her fierce determination to save the life of the wild horse’s orphaned filly.

Thirteen-year-old Callie lives on a small organic farm on the edge of the Nevada desert. Besides spending time with her best friend, Billie, Callie loves to watch a special herd of wild mustangs as they roam—sometimes playing, sometimes even battling, but always magnificent. The horse she calls Cloud Dancer and his pregnant mare Moonbeam are her favorites.

But not everyone loves the wild horses. Wealthy area ranchers complain that the herds are overpopulated and in one of the Bureau of Land Management’s periodic round ups, Moonbeam is seized. When the mare dies shortly after giving birth prematurely, Callie devotes herself to caring for Moon Shadow, the orphaned filly. It’s touch-and-go as to whether the little mustang will even survive. But if by some miracle Moon Shadow does make it, Callie wonders, will she be able to convince her parents to let her adopt the beloved horse? Worse still, how will she find the money to buy her?

Chris Platt, a former jockey, has written a dramatic, touching, and well-paced story featuring sympathetic characters and plenty of horse-filled action scenes. Information about horse behavior and the care and raising of horses is presented throughout the text and is sure to please young equine enthusiasts.

Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-382-5
Total Pages: 192
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
Paperback: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-546-1
Total Pages: 192
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 111529
AR Reading Level: 5.6
AR Points: 7

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: W
F&P Grade: 6

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 5.2
Reading Counts Points: 12
Reading Counts Interest Level: 3-5


“Readers will quickly come to care about the life-or-death issue at the heart of the story…horse lovers will find plenty to enjoy.” ―Booklist

“Combining a hardworking heroine, supportive and loving secondary characters, and a few coincidences, Platt creates a heartwarming, wish-come-true story.” ―School Library Journal


Best Children’s Books of the Year (starred) ―Bank Street College of Education 2007

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association 2007

Aspen Gold Award (finalist, young adult) ―Heart of Denver Romance Writers 2007

Mark Twain Readers Award (nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians 2008-2009

Meet the Author

Chris Platt, one of the first female jockeys in Oregon, is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including the popular horse novels Willow King, its sequel Race the Wind, and many titles in the Thoroughbred series. She lives in Nevada.