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the Island Horse by Susan Hughes
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Jun 07, 2014

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Read from March 29 to April 01, 2012

What a lovely historical fiction for all horse-loving girls age six (precocious readers!) through thirteen-ish.
Or, if you're an adult who grew up a fan of the Misty of Chincoteague books or The Black Stallion series, you'll spend a nostalgic morning immersed in the sure-footed prose of Ms. Hughes and her winning young heroine Ellie.
Bonus: You'll visit Sable Island (off the coast of Nova Scotia), shipwreck capital of the Atlantic, in the early 1800's. Fascinating history pairs with a sweetly (and age appropriately) transparent coming-of-age story that was surprisingly diverting for me.
And if you know a young girl who loves horses and would be comfortable - if not highly empathetic - with a story that starts with Ellie's mother's death and takes our heroine on a journey of healing as she gradually opens to the possibilities of her new home, then be sure to give this novel by award-winner Susan Hughes a try.

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