Project Description


Moon Shadow

by Chris Platt

A young girl’s fondness 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, where she 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. After being seized by the Bureau of Land Management, Moonbeam 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 and touching story with relatable characters. Featuring plenty of horse-filled action scenes and information about the care and raising of horses and horse behavior, Moon Shadow is sure to delight equine enthusiasts.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-382-5
Publication Date: 10/1/2006
Page Count: 192
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-546-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2010
Page Count: 192
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
AR Level: 5.6
F&P: W, Gr 6, Genre RF
Lexile: 850L
Themes: Hard Work, Horse Care and Training, Patience, Sacrifice
BISAC 1: JUV002130 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Horses
BISAC 2: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship


“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

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

Aspen Gold Award (Finalist, Young Adult) ―Heart of Denver Romance Writers, 2007


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.