Thursday, November 21, 2013

Backyard Horse Tales - 2nd Edition - Sox

Backyard Horse Tales - 2nd Edition - Sox

Mom’s Choice Excellence Award Winner
by Jackie Anton
Dog Eat Publishing
Soft Cover, 2012, $11.99
Kindle Edition: $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4575-0949-0
Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

The Christmas stocking was always filled with carrots, dried apple slices, and peppermints. My treats lasted for a couple of weeks, only because Katie miserly doled out one or two per day.
~ Jackie Anton

Living with her grandmother in the country is not Emma’s idea of a good time. She misses the city’s bright lights, her parents have split up, and her mom has been deployed to Iraq. She has a learning disability and wonders how she will cope when her mom can’t be home for Christmas. No wonder she is having trouble concentrating in school!

As the story unfolds, Emma’s life begins to shift. A special-needs foal named Sox is born on a neighboring farm and these kindred spirits discover a priceless friendship. When Emma reads aloud or sings songs to Sox, he doesn’t care if she gets stuck on the words. He’s missing his mom, wondering how to get along in the world and he longs for a friend. Both Emma and Sox learn how to find strength in the challenges that come to us all.

Anton’s lively writing captures the growing pains of a young girl and a young horse who would both just like to be normal. What does it mean to be normal anyhow? There are no simple answers, but the author creates space for these two delightful characters to puzzle all that out in their own way, despite their respective challenges.

Anton’s keen knowledge of both horses and children paired with her own appealing sketches shine through in this book. It deserves a spot in every home and classroom, where young folks and the adults who love them will want to read it time and again.

Jackie Anton is the author of "Backyard Horse Tales 2nd Edition - Sox" which has been awarded the prestigious Mom's Choice Award Silver Seal of Excellence. Backyard Horse Tales 2 "Frosty and the Night Stalker" is now available on Amazon and Smashwords. “Backyard Horse Tales 3 – Don’t Call Me Love” will be available in early 2014.Visit Jackie at: