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Strange Birds by Judith Heide Gilliland
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Dec 20, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: fantasy, j-fiction
Read in October, 2007

This fantasy begins, like many great fantasies, with an orphan in a big old house. Wicked Aunt Formaldy and her passion for antiques adds a sinister touch, and the appearance of the ramshackle circus and the cigarette smoking ring master seems to set Anna up for a real adventure. However, Strange Birds disappoints. The tiny flying horses appear suddenly, Anna’s friendship with the new girl in the neighborhood feels contrived, and the journey to Pegasuteague, the horses native island 100 miles off the coast of Assateague (a real island off the coast of Virginia inhabited by wild horses), is anticlimactic. The characters are underdeveloped, and Anna’s relationship with the horses and her progression from depressed orphan to brave hero feels rushed. The end, much like the journey, is unsatisfying, in spite of Aunt Formaldy and the Ringmaster getting their comeuppances. This story has all the elements of a great fantasy, but lacks the depth and action needed to make it great, but will appeal to young horse lovers none the less.

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Alaska I agree that the book was a bit rushed, but otherwise I think it was good.
If you don't mind me asking, how old where you when you read it?

Jenny um..... 33.

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