Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wind Dancer by Chris Platt

Wind Dancer by Chris Platt is a middle grade novel that will entertain and educate young readers. Set in the southwest, the story is realistic and well written.

Thirteen-year-old Ali, and her best friend, Cara, sneak into a neighbor’s barn one night to see how the skinny horses are doing. The girls are appalled at their lack of care and the next day they contact Animal Control anonymously. For a girl who lost interest in everything horses after a bad riding accident that caused her horse’s death, Ali’s passion is ignited once again – especially after the two rescues are placed at her home for veterinarian guided care.

Meanwhile, her older brother, Danny, has had severe problems adjusting to his new life after returning home from Afghanistan, minus one leg. Ali tries to reconnect to him but Danny will need an outside influence to open up to his family again and agree to get help for his PTSD.

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Here is the online book tour schedule:
Monday 4/28-Blue Owl and Sally’s Bookshelf
Tuesday –Chat with Vera
Wednesday- Horse Book Reviews
Thursday- Kid Lit Reviews

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Holly Horse and the Great Quest

Holly Horse and the Great Quest by Jenny Loveless was a delight to read! And this story is very realistic. Not only do horses want the greener grass on the other side of the fence, but also they can get lost in their own back yard!

Fact: When I rode my mare away from her stable and made a huge circle on a trail ride out of site of the barn, she kept wanting to turn around to go home. She didn't realize we had ridden in a circle and home was in front of her until she saw it!

Lovely children's book and great artwork!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Lost Pony of Riverdale

The Lost Pony of Riverdale by Amanda Wills is set in England and features a horse-loving girl named Poppy.

Life changes for Poppy when her parents inform her that they are moving, and the young girl is not happy about this change in her life until she learns the farm is out in the country and comes with Chester - but not the pony Poppy had hoped for; rather, a donkey. Tory, the former owner, lives now in the small town and glad Poppy will be taking care of Chester.

During Poppy's exploration of their new home with her little brother, Charlie, tagging along, she sees a grey pony. Their adventures lead them to a big wild cat sighting, wild Dartmoor ponies and trying to catch the lost pony once owned by Tory. The lost pony helps the girl find herself.

This coming-of-age story is sure to delight young readers.