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Gunner: Hurricane Horse (True Horse Stories)

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Each book in the True Horse Stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, and each animal is, in his or her own way, a hero.

PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over th
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Paperback, 95 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Tundra Books (first published July 21st 2010)
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Hilary
Each book in the True Horse Stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, and each animal is a “hero.” This is the sixth title in the non-fiction series and reads like a novel.

When Hurricane Katrina passed over Heather Goodwin’s ranch, it took with it the fences, the chickens, and several horses. For weeks, Heather and her family sheltered in their horse trailer – and considered themselves lucky for the housing. As they re-built the property and their lives, they se
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Marg
Dec 27, 2011 Marg rated it liked it
Overall it is a good (and true) story. I love the horse - his personality and his tricks, however, probably drove his handlers/owners nuts sometimes! In terms of execution of the story, it could have been done better. I hadn't realized it was a children's book until I actually had the book (I ordered it online). So it was a bit more simplistic then I would have liked, but that part is ok. I had issues though with the timeline. Normally you go from A to B to C. In this book, I had to re-read seve ...more
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I bought this thinking it was adult non fiction, only to have a Children's book arrive. Since I had it, I figured I would read it. Quick read, but could have been a bit more entertaining. Felt like I was reading a news article a lot of the time. Still, not a bad way to waste a few hours.
Steph
Mar 04, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing
As a horse lover, I fell in love with this book right from the beginning. The story of Gunner and his owner touched me immensely. I don't want to give away the entire plot behind the story, but suffice it to say Gunner went through more than one ordeal. After reading this, I want to go out and ride through the pastures on a beautiful little Paint horse. This book seems as though it is geared mostly toward children, though I can say that at the age of 25 I still very much enjoyed it.
Ryane
Aug 22, 2012 Ryane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a family that survived Hurricane Katrina. I loved it and I cried happy and sad tears. If you love horses, read it! If you love animal stories, read it! If you love stories about courage and sacrifice and endurance, read it!
Joellen
May 28, 2012 Joellen rated it really liked it
Great story for horse lovers. Was thinking of using this for our book competition for 4th and 5th graders but Gunner kills chickens by rolling on them! Also, the little boy dies in a trailer accident in the epilogue of this true story.
Colleen
Oct 01, 2010 Colleen rated it really liked it
More like 3 1/2. Great story but a few parts were a bit too old for a MG book I think.
Karen Vandenbosch
Jul 10, 2011 Karen Vandenbosch rated it it was amazing
Super short book, kids book but well worth reading for any horse lover. True story.
Denise
Nov 27, 2011 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice story. So much was left out though it felt shallow.
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Tundra author Judy Andrekson grew up in Nova Scotia with a pen in one hand and a lead rope in the other. At the age of twenty, she moved to Alberta, where she could pursue her great love of horses, and there she found her dream job managing a thoroughbred racing/breeding farm. By her thirties, Judy had also begun to write seriously. Now she combines both of her passions in her new series for young ...more
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