Kathryn Lasky

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kathryn Lasky
Born (1944-06-24) June 24, 1944 (age 71)
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Pen name E. L. Swann
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Michigan
Spouse Christopher Knight

Kathryn Lasky (born June 24, 1944) is an American children's writer who also writes for adults under the names Kathryn Lasky Knight and E. L. Swann. Her children's books include several Dear America books, The Royal Diaries books, Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, Wolves of the Beyond, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.


Kathryn Lasky grew up in Indianapolis, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College.[1]

Her awards include being the 2011 winner of the Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature.[2]


Camp Princess[edit]

  • Born To Rule
  • Unicorns? Get Real!

The Royal Diaries[edit]

  • Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France 1553
  • Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France 1769
  • Jahanara: Princess of Princesses, India 1627
  • Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven, Japan 1858

Dear America[edit]

  • A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620
  • Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903
  • Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932
  • A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C., 1917
  • Blazing West: The Journal of Augustus Pelletier, Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804

My America[edit]

  • Hope In My Heart: Sofia's Immigrant Diary (also known as Hope In My Heart, Sofia's Ellis Island Diary)
  • Home at Last: Sofia's Immigrant Diary
  • An American Spring: Sofia's Immigrant Diary

Daughters of the Sea[edit]

  • Hannah
  • May
  • Lucy
  • The Crossing

Horses of the Dawn[edit]

  1. The Escape (2014)
  2. Star Rise (2014)
  3. Wild Blood (planned for January 2016[3])

Starbuck Family Adventures[edit]

  • Double Trouble Squared
  • Shadows in the Water
  • A Voice in the Wind

Guardians of Ga'Hoole[edit]

Main article: Guardians of Ga'Hoole
  1. The Capture[4] (also published as a movie tie-in edition in the UK as Legend of the Guardians[5])
  2. The Journey[6]
  3. The Rescue[7]
  4. The Siege[8]
  5. The Shattering[9]
  6. The Burning[10]
  7. The Hatchling[11]
  8. The Outcast[12]
  9. The First Collier[13]
  10. The Coming of Hoole[14]
  11. To Be a King[15]
  12. The Golden Tree[16]
  13. The River of Wind[17]
  14. Exile[18]
  15. The War of the Ember[19]
  • The Rise of a Legend (2013) (this is a prequel to the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series about Ezylryb)

Two guide books were released to give readers more insight into the world of Hoole. They are narrated by the owl Otulissa.

Wolves Of The Beyond[edit]

The Deadlies[edit]

  • Felix Takes the Stage
  • Spiders on the Case[28]


  • Dancing Through Fire (2005)

Standalone titles[edit]

  • The Last Girls of Pompeii
  • Blood Secret
  • Broken Song
  • Star Split (1999) (Published in German as 3038: Staat der Klone) By the year 3038 "genhants" (Genetically Enhanced Humans with a two additional chromosome) are the ruling class. Genetic engineering is strictly regulated and only selected people with "great minds" may be cloned. On a rock-climbing outing thirteen-year-old Darci runs across another another girl who is identical to Darci. This leads Darci to discover that she herself has been illegally cloned and that her parents are active in an underground movement to save the human race from genhant technology. Darci also knows that if the authorities become aware of this cloning that it will be an automatic death sentence for both her and her clone.
  • Alice Rose and Sam
  • True North
  • Beyond the Burning Time
  • Memoirs of a Bookbat
  • The Bone Wars
  • Pageant
  • Beyond the Divide
  • The Night Journey (1982 winner winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature)[29]
  • Prank
  • Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian
  • Ashes
  • Chasing Orion
  • Home Free

Children young adults non-fiction[edit]

  • John Muir: America's First Environmentalist
  • Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles
  • Shadows in the Dawn: The Lemurs of Madagascar
  • The Most Beautiful Roof in the World
  • Sugaring Time
  • Days of the Dead
  • Searching for Laura Ingalls
  • Monarchs
  • Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth
  • Dinosaur Dig
  • Traces of Life: The Origins of Humankind
  • A Baby for Max

Picture books[edit]

  • Lunch Bunnies
  • Show and Tell Bunnies
  • Science Fair Bunnies
  • Tumble Bunnies
  • Lucille's Snowsuit
  • Lucille Camps In
  • Starring Lucille
  • Pirate Bob
  • Humphrey, Albert, and the Flying Machine
  • Before I was Your Mother
  • The Man Who Made Time Travel
  • A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
  • Love That Baby
  • Mommy's Hands
  • Porkenstein
  • Born in the Breezes: The Voyages Of Joshua Slocum
  • Vision of Beauty
  • First Painter
  • The Emperor's Old Clothes
  • Sophie and Rose
  • Marven of the Great North Woods (1997 winner winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Children's Picture Books.[29] January 2013 selection by the PJ Library.[30])
  • A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain
  • Hercules: The Man, The Myth, The Hero
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
  • She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!
  • The Gates of the Wind
  • Pond Year
  • Cloud Eyes
  • I Have an Aunt on Marlborough Street
  • Sea Swan
  • My Island Grandma


Other than 'Night Gardening all Lasky's works for adult readers are under the name Kathryn Lasky Knight.

  • Atlantic Circle (1985) (Memoir about Lasky and her husband, Chris Knight, covering their childhood years on to a trip shortly their getting married sailing a thirty-foot ketch from Maine to Europe and back.)
  • The Widow of Oz (1989)
  • Night Gardening (1999) (written under the pseudonym of E.L. Swann)

Calista Jacobs mystery[edit]

This series for adult readers was also written under the name Kathryn Lasky Knight.

  • Trace Elements (1986)
  • Mortal Words (1990)
  • Mumbo Jumbo (1991)
  • Dark Swan (1994)


  1. ^ "Kathryn Lasky". Lookingglassreview.com. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature". Tulsa Library Trust. 
  3. ^ Lasky, Kathryn. "Wild Blood (Horses of the Dawn #3)". amazon.com. 
  4. ^ "The Capture (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 1) (Paperback)". Amazon. 
  5. ^ "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 1) (Paperback)". Amazon. 
  6. ^ "The Journey (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 2) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Rescue (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 3) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Siege (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 4) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Shattering (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 5) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Burning (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 6) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Hatchling (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 7) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Outcast (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 8) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The First Collier (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 9) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Coming of Hoole (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 10) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ "To Be a King (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 11) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Golden Tree (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 12) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "The River of Wind (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 13) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Exile (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 14) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "The War of the Ember (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 15) (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Lost Tales of Ga'Hoole (Guardians of Ga'Hoole) (Mass Market Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Wolves of the Beyond #1: Lone Wolf (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Wolves of the Beyond #2: Shadow Wolf (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Wolves of the Beyond #3: Watch Wolf (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Wolves of the Beyond #4: Frost Wolf (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Wolves of the Beyond #5: Spirit Wolf (Hardcover)". Amazon. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Wolves of the Beyond #6: Star Wolf (Hardcover)". Amazon. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Star Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond Series #6)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  28. ^ "The Deadlies: Kathryn Lasky Book List". fictiondb. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  29. ^ a b "NJBA Winners". Jewish Book Council. 
  30. ^ "Marven of the Great North Woods". PJ Library. 

External links[edit]