Escape the Mask by David Ward
The Grassland Trilogy: Book One

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Now in paperback!   In Grassland the only hope of freedom is to go beyond the reach of sinister, silent masters, and the only family you know are your fellow captives. Coriko has never known a world beyond his cell and the fields where he toils all day. He does what he’s told and tries not to anger the Spears, the cruel, masked jailers who guard him and the other child slaves. If he gathers baskets of shards and keeps quiet and orderly, then he can spend time with his cellmate and best friend, Pippa.
But without warning, the children’s orderly lives begin to change—slowly at first, with the arrival of a pair of siblings who speak Coriko and Pippa’s language. Soon after, violent events shake up the quiet world of Grassland, and Coriko must find the strength to grasp his freedom. Full of heartstopping action, Escape the Mask introduces Coriko, Pippa, and their friends—and begins the journey of The Grassland Trilogy.
  Praise for Escape the Mask “The quick pace immerses readers in an exotic locale . . . allows readers to experience the discovery . . .” —Kirkus Reviews   “Comparable in some ways to Golding’s Lord of the Flies . . . bursts with action . . . excellent descriptive writing allows the reader to visualize the action.” —VOYA, 4Q4P
 F&P level: X
F&P genre: F

About David Ward

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David Ward is a former elementary school teacher who was born in Montreal, Quebec. He is currently a writer and university instructor in children’s literature. David lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and three children.
Published January 1, 2001 by Scholastic Canada, Limited. 224 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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The latter books take a more spiritual direction, and you will see positive changes, especially in Corki, in those books.

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