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Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger
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Jan 18, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

What a lovely book! Two teenage girls and an elderly horse on a road trip from the mountains of New Hampshire to the prairies of the west. The horse, Speed, is about to be put down, and 16-year-old Hattie steals him from her employers in order to save his life. Not very good judgement, perhaps, but believable - these are teenagers.

As with "Small as an Elephant", this book was brief, clear, and felt very real. The strongest aspect of it was Hattie's bond with Speed, her pity for his life of drudgery, and what that said about this young girl's soul. Mr. Monniger wrote all his characters - both human and horse - with truthfulness and respect, and his prose was often lovely. The ending was bittersweet and brought tears to my eyes.
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