26. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kira · Tags: ,

Black Beauty: the Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell, 301 pages, read by Kira, on 10/26/2014

black_beauty  black-beauty-ladybird-book-children-s-classic-series-740-gloss-hardback-1986-1445-p  imagesBlack-Beauty-02-800x587blbeaut 902078-M 054677Although Beauty’s life starts out soft and sweet, you know abuse by humans is coming down the pike.

There is a lot of moralizing.  Moralizing of a sort that I agree with, we should Not abuse horses, nor other animals.  And I think showing kindness to other humans is a standard by which we ought to judge others (if we are going to judge them at all).  But I am surprised that this is a classic, it might as well have been titled, 50 ways Not to abuse horses.  That said given the great positive influence this title has had on the treatment of horses and animals, I am glad of its impact.  Plus the story had a happy ending.

31. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira · Tags: , , ,

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, 409 pages, read by Kira, on 01/27/2013



Some race to win. Others race to survive.

Every November, on the Island of Thisby, riders compete in the Scorpio Races. They attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Some riders live.
Others die – because the Water Horses, though fast, are man eating monster horses.

The writing is gorgeous and the island itself seems like a character, Stiefvater creates very atmospheric locations.  There is something here for everyone, adventure, love (NOT ROMANCE), family relationships.  This might be Stiefvaters best yet!


15. November 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags: ,

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, 409 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/13/2012

Scorpio RacesAn atmospheric blend of Celtic folklore, adventure, a coming of age story. Each fall water horses rise out of the Scorpio sea on to the island and are captured by the men of the island who attempt to train and tame them to ride. On November 1st a race is held along the beach. Some riders make a name for themselves for winning, for their bravery or by dying in the race.

Sean Kendrick is the 19 year old returning champion having won the race 4 times. He works as horse trainer for the wealthiest man on the island but all Sean really wants is a place of his own and Cor, the water horse, who he has trained for several years but belongs to his boss. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. Her parents never allowed her to even watch the races. But the future for both Puck and Sean depend on winning the race.