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Elena of the Stars

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This is the story of two Elenas--a girl on the edge of adulthood and her grandmother, who has vanished into the western landscape. The two are linked by a golden stallion. A special relationship develops. Suddenly, child and beast are thrust into a primal battle against the elements and the baseness of humankind, one that puts their mutual trust to the supreme test.
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by St. Martin's Press
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Elena is a thirteen year-old girl who is sent by her parents to spend time on her grandfather's ranch, located in the Wyoming prairie. The two, who don't know each other that well, bond over a two week period as Elena learns to ride a horse and shoot a gun. But then two thugs show up on motorcycles, looking to cause trouble and Elena and her grandfather must rely on each other to get themselves out of danger.
As the author tells this story, he often uses poetic-like prose to describe events which
Angie Anconetani
A wonderful story about a girl out in the true West living on a horse ranch with her grandfather. Don't want to give too much away as it is a very great story & very entertaining. one of my favorites, i do recommend. Just a fair warning- it has some realistic descriptions of Elena experiencing....erh..."events" with men. Not anything someone who has been in the real world wouldn't understand. Don't worry, i promise it does not take away from the grace of the story. I forget, but i believe th ...more
It looks like a little puff & fluff of a book, but it is not only "about girls and horses," it is a startling, poignant, even violent metaphor, maybe even an allegory, of that right of passage from girlhood to womanhood.
Roger Reyes
Hay libros q dejan un sabor exquisito en la boca cuando los terminas y un sentimiento de gratitud infinito para su autor, este es uno de esos libros. Fue genial.
Aug 16, 2008 Dorothy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hard sells on poetry
Recommended to Dorothy by: Jeff Vasseur
Rosenthal engaged me from the first page...which is amazing in a novel of fiction. He didn't need to romance me. I read this over and over, like a poem.
The first part came as uninteresting but its pace picked up at the latter part of the book.
L. C.
Incredibly beautiful and heart-wrenching, this story stays with me.
La más verdadera y literal metáfora
A lesson in lyric narrative.
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