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The Island Horse    by Susan Hughes & Alicia Quist order for
Island Horse
by Susan Hughes
Order:  USA  Can
Kids Can, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Ellie is ten years old and struggling to deal with her mother's death. Just when she's beginning to adjust to the new family situation, her father gets a job on Sable Island. Not only will they have to leave the coastal village in Nova Scotia where the girl has grown up, but they will also be leaving her mother's grave behind.

Renowned for the wild horses who live on the windblown, crescent shaped island, Sable Island isn't a happy place for Ellie until she discovers a wild stallion which she names Orchid.

When the lonely girl discovers that Orchid and his family are threatened, she realizes she is the only one to save them. Having already lost too much in her young life, Ellie has no intention of letting this beautiful chocolate-colored horse slip away from her.

This illustrated chapter book will appeal to any young reader who has experienced loss and also loves horses. Be sure to read the Author's Note which explains the historical basis for this touching story.

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