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The Horse Road

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Kallisto is a superb equestrian living in central Asia. Her mother breeds and trains Ferghana horses, and Kallisto often rides them to determnie which horses excel and should be bred. But when returns to her city after delivering a herd of horses to the nomad breeders, she discovers that the Chinese army is preparing to seize her city--and steal the famou ...more
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Published August 1st 2012 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books (first published April 1st 2012)
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Sophia
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Lisa Bricker
Mar 12, 2013 Lisa Bricker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was pleased with this book. From what I can tell, the author took some liberties in her portrayal of women's roles, but I thought she balanced Kalli's proclivities and responsibilities quite well. Kalli and Batu's friendship is well-handled, leaving this book appealing to a wide age range. A good strong heroine in a very difficult situation with some amazing horses.
Lilian
Jul 16, 2013 Lilian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite books! I wish that the author had written some more horse books.
Sylvia McIvers
Friends Make Everything Better

Does Kallisto have to marry the rich man to secure her future? Her city-bred father thinks so, her mountain-tribe mother thinks not.

Her mother has been teaching her to train horses, a valued skill in the mountains, but not suitable for flowing-gown, flowing-hair styles of the city. When the city is attacked, Kallisto is out of town, and her fiance helps himself to her entire herd of horses - including her special god-favored white horse. This is legal only in the se
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Anna
Dec 10, 2015 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The horse road by Troon Harison, is a historical fiction book, about a girl who is an excellent horse women. The girl Kallisto is the protagonist and she’s also a great heroine- strong and capable, with just enough humility to make her accessible to the reader and enough determination to get the job done. The way the author is telling the story is very interesting, he often hints ideas and facts whithout actually really writing them, so this book made me really think. In my opinion this book is ...more
Jill
If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a fascinating look at the origin of the silk road and a snapshot of ancient Persia. Kali is a great heroine - strong and capable, with just enough humility to make her accessible to the reader and enough determination to get the job done. And if you like horses, you're in for a treat.

I'm not sure that it would be historically accurate to have a girl doing all these things, and the author doesn't offer any clues in her notes at the end (though she does of
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Jenny
Jun 15, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troon Harrison's The Horse Road is one of my all-time favourite books. I loved reading this book and was very happy I found it. Although it was short, it was jam-packed full of fun and adventure around every turn. I enjoyed the history element about Asia. The detail of the tribes and the way they were described meant I could imagine a very clear image in my head of what life would have been like.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars because it was a great book which I
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Kalee
Aug 22, 2015 Kalee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love horses but I hate those kitschy, sappy girl-horse-and-a-boy stories. So, this is none of them. It's a serious story about a girl and her horses. A story where Kallisto has to fight for her love, everything her life consists of. She's a strong character and she would easily pass of as an idol. It's easy to sink in the story and live Kallisto's life.
Christine Meunier
Jul 03, 2013 Christine Meunier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this unique horse story that is a historical fiction. More at http://equus-blog.com/the-horse-road-...
Abbie
Apr 26, 2013 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Abbie
Apr 22, 2013 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah
Oct 09, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was something that I could relate with, considering I had just lost my horse to colic. I finished this book in just under three days
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Troon Harrison is an internationally published, award winning author, an editor, and a qualified teacher. Troon writes picture books, teen-adult cross-over novels, and junior chapter books. She has 24 books published in a range of genres including historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.
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