Prairie Fire

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Listen! For the song of Owen Thorskard has a second verse.

Every dragon slayer owes the Oil Watch a period of service, and young Owen was no exception. What made him different was that he did not enlist alone. His two closest friends stood with him shoulder to shoulder. Steeled by success and hope, the three were confident in their plan. And though Siobhan McQuaid was the first bard in a generation, she managed to forge a role for herself and herald Owen as a new kind of dragon slayer for a new kind of future.

But the arc of history is long and hardened by dragon fire. Try as they might, Owen and his friends could not twist it to their will. Not all the way. Not all together.

Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I know the cost of even a small bend in the course of history. Listen!

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 304
Publication Date 2015-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.6
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF019010, YAF058260, YAF002030
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 930
ATOS Reading Level 6.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 171234
Accelerated Reader® Points 12.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • OLA Best Bets Young Adult Fiction, Winner, 2016
  • Toronto Public Library Teens Summer Edition Booklist, Winner, 2015
  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2015



“This story is a must for those who loved the first book and want to continue with the story.”—VOYA

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Johnston isn’t afraid to write for a world where happy endings are rare, but there is such grace and dignity that heartbroken readers will likely forgive [her].”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

School Library Journal

“There is a little something for everyone in this sequel to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (Carolrhoda Lab, 2014)….A fantasy YA novel that steers clear of love triangles, teen angst, and a tidy ending is hard to come by; Prairie Fire and its prequel are must-haves.”―School Library Journal

The Horn Book Magazine

“In this sequel to the alternate-universe contemporary fantasy The Story of Owen….it is Siobhan’s transformation into a star in her own right that will stay with readers.”―The Horn Book Magazine


“Johnston’s solid writing will keep [readers] engaged with her smooth blend of fantasy and realism, all anchored by Siobhan’s determined personality and her solid friendship with Owen and his team.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: E.K. Johnston

The cool things about Emily Kate Johnston are that she is a forensic archaeologist, she has lived on four continents, she decorates cupcakes in her spare time, she adores the Oxford comma, and she loves to make up stories. The less cool things about Kate are that she's from a small town in southwestern Ontario, she spends a lot of time crying over books in random coffee shops, and she can't play as many musical instruments as she wishes she could. The Story of Owen is Kate's first novel. Visit her online at