Nine year old Ellie is still grieving the loss of her mother when she is faced with another loss; she and her father must leave their Nova Scotia home and move to tiny Sable Island. Ellie is sure that such a windswept, desolate place can never be home . . . until she is befriended by a Sable Island wild stallion.
I love this book! It has history (it's set in the early 1800s), adventure, a brave, believable female protagonist, and horses; what more could you ask for? Straightforward and beautifully written, Susan Hughes' The Island Horse (Kids Can Press, Ltd., 2012) is a delight and would make a great addition to any young (I'm thinking 2nd to 5th grade), horse-loving girl's summer reading list.
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