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Hannah | 1 comments The cover is orange with a distant figure of a boy.

The boy is given a horse (his dad gives it to him?) but it's a mystical horse that isn't supposed to be trapped by humans & the boy's mother is half- whatever the fantasy creatures are (they're like humans but with antlers?) and so she freaks out when she sees the horse and says they have to give it back, & then the antler men come for the horse.

Help please! I read this about 10-15 years ago (2000-2007??) and I've been trying to find it for a while.

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Angela | 425 comments Firegold by Dia Calhoun Firegold by Dia Calhoun?

From School Library Journal:

"Gr 6-9The girl is hiding behind a large boulder across the river when Jonathon Brae first spots her. Her cap seems to have little horns, her hair is flaming red streaked with gold, and her eyes peer at Jonathon with the same blue sparkle that his have. Then, in an instant, she disappears. Jonathon is terrified. A Dalriada! What is a barbarian doing so far from the Red Mountains? Are they raiding the Valley? He runs home to his loving parents, brown-eyed like the rest of the Valley people, and steps into the middle of an argument. His mother wants his father to wait until Jonathon is 14 to take him to the Red Mountains to hunt; Brian thinks that 12 is old enough, but he leaves without the boy. When he returns, Karena is incensed at the gift he has brought for his son: a black colt with gold streaks in his mane and tail, Rhohar or king of the Dalriadas horse clans. The arrival of this animal changes everything in Jonathons life as he strives to understand what it is about the colt and the Red Mountains that calls to him, why dark ridges have appeared on his forehead, and if he is going crazy as the Valley folk claim. In an all-consuming search for identity, Jonathon sets forth to face any obstacle to become whole. In the tradition of Robin McKinleys The Blue Sword (Greenwillow, 1982) and Lloyd Alexanders Prydain Chronicles, Jonathons quest evokes a timeless struggle for identity amid vivid imagery, heartbreaking loss, and a subtle weave of fantasy.Melanie C. Duncan, Washington Memorial Library, Macon, GA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information."

message 3: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37356 comments Mod
Ayshe also suggested Firegold in December.


Please only post your query once, and bookmark your thread so you don't lose it.

message 4: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37356 comments Mod
Deleting duplicate thread in which Hannah wrote: "I remember the front was orange and reddish. The boy was raised with a mom who was seen as different by the villagers kind of like a witch because she was a person with antlers, or half or something, and his dad isn't his real dad (his real dad was a guy with antlers?) His mom is killed by the people who have antlers that aren't human, and the boy leaves the village to chase after them or something? Horses were important somehow. Like his mom was killed because of a horse he caught, and him catching it offended the antler people.

I read it probably about 2003-2008?"

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