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Alvarez, Jennifer Lynn.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2014]
Physical Description:
245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Star is prophesized to become the most powerful winged horse in Anok on his first birthday, but he must first overcome his malformed wings that make him unable to fly and threats from the leaders of the five herds"--
Reading Level:
Ages 8-12.

770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 7.0 170983.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.7 11 Quiz: 64967.
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The first book in a gripping new tween fantasy series about winged horses--perfect for fans of the Warriors, Survivors, and Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

Once every hundred years, a black foal is born, prophesied to either unite or destroy the five herds of flying horses that live in Anok--fated to become the most powerful pegasus in all of the land.

Star is this black foal.

Even though Star has malformed wings that make him unable to fly, the leaders of each herd will take no risks and want to execute Star before his first birthday. With the help of his friends, Star must escape the clutches of the powerful leaders, and his epic journey of self-discovery turns into a battle between good and evil that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Every 100 years, a black foal is born in the land of the pegasi, a foal that is destined to either destroy or heal the five herds of winged horses. This time, it is Star, a pegasus who cannot fly, only walk, and from the start, when his mother dies giving birth, he is ostracized, bullied, and feared. Only Morningleaf and a few other foals befriend Star, but they cannot protect him from their herd's overstallion Thunderwing, who promises to kill Star on his first birthday, before he can fulfill his destiny. Clearly the beginning of a series, this first novel still stands alone and will prove popular with both animal lovers and fantasy fans. Its steady pacing and action-driven plotlines also make this a good choice for reluctant readers. The lineages at the beginning of the book are important to keep track of all the pegasi, and the map helps readers navigate the herd migrations and boundaries. The clever resolution will get kids psyched for more tales from the Guardian Herd.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Alvarez makes a spirited debut in this kickoff to the Guardian Herd series, set in a world populated by flying horses or pegasi. Every century, a black foal is born. On a black foal's first birthday, he or she is empowered by the Hundred Year Star with the ability to become a great healer or destroyer. Out of fear for their potential, most of them are killed rather than be allowed to mature. Starfire of the Sun Herd is the latest prophesized foal, and as his birthday approaches, it seems as though he'll meet the same fate. His mere existence is enough to cause the five herds to scheme and war against each other, even as Starfire himself goes into hiding. Alvarez's world is lush with description and atmosphere, and her premise has much to offer, but the huge cast makes it difficult to keep track of characters, especially given the preponderance of names ending in "wing" or "fire." Fans of animal fantasies who persist, though, should find it enjoyable. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jacqueline Flynn, Joëlle Delbourgo Associates. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Every hundred years in the land of Anok, a black foal is born into one of the five pegasi herds with the power to destroy or unite them all. Star is that foal. Although his wings are useless, making him no greater than a land horse, Star will be executed before his first birthday by Thunderwing, the head of Sun Herd. The last time a black foal fulfilled the prophecy, it resulted in the death and destruction of all the herds. A few supporters believe Star may bring peace to the warring tribes, and one takes the risk of hiding him before his birthday. The disappearance of the black foal launches an epic battle that could result in the decimation of the herd. The typical fantasy tale of an ordinary being destined to become something extraordinary is infused with verve and ingenuity. The pacing is quick, chock-full of adventure and twists, making it difficult to put down. Readers will be clamoring for the next book in this adventure. Recommended for fantasy fans.-Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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