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Publisher Comments:

First published to great critical acclaim in Canada, this unforgettable adventure traces the magical relationship between a young girl and a wild mare. A horse story like no other.

Syeira is an orphaned girl who lives in a magical land. Fate pairs Syeira with Arwin, a wild mare whose two colts have been taken from her by the evil Lord Ran. Syeira pledges to help Arwin, and they embark on a dangerous quest to free the colts. Along the way, they encounter an array of strange and mysterious characters. But Syeira and Arwin must only trust each other --and it is their shared strength and courage that ultimately allows them to defeat Lord Ran and free Arwin's colts.

Review:

"'If you are unlucky enough to be an orphan, it helps to grow up among horses. Horses take life as it comes,' says the omniscient narrator of this elegantly written debut novel. Young Syeira, the implied orphan, works in the stables for the king of Haysele, a land known for the quality of both its horses and their handlers. She is particularly fond of the Arva horses, famous for their aggressiveness. Ran, 'a great lord and a scourge,' ruler of a neighboring kingdom, makes an annual visit to Haysele to take horses for his war efforts ('as long as Haysele provided Ran with superb horses and horse expertise, it remained free'). After he leaves, Syeira discovers that Ran has taken two Arva colts, and in a rather unlikely move, the girl frees the Arva mare, and accompanies her to reclaim her progeny. If the plotting stretches credibility, the eloquent prose compensates; Syeira meets a litany of entertainingly odd travelers along the way, who relate their life stories to the heroine in conversational passages. Syeira eventually faces Ran himself, learns the nature of his dreams and the origin of the legendary 'Night Mare.' Readers may be willing to go along with the importance of three horses in a kingdom of thousands, but the dream subtheme muddies the proceedings. Still, horse lovers will likely be caught up in this tale, which moves along at a canter. Ages 9-12. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780439627528
Publisher:
Chicken House
Location:
New York
Author:
Findlay, Jamieson
Subject:
Horses
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Animals - Horses
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Horses
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
18445
Publication Date:
20040601
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
04-07

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The Blue Roan Child
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Product details 272 pages Chicken House - English 9780439627528 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'If you are unlucky enough to be an orphan, it helps to grow up among horses. Horses take life as it comes,' says the omniscient narrator of this elegantly written debut novel. Young Syeira, the implied orphan, works in the stables for the king of Haysele, a land known for the quality of both its horses and their handlers. She is particularly fond of the Arva horses, famous for their aggressiveness. Ran, 'a great lord and a scourge,' ruler of a neighboring kingdom, makes an annual visit to Haysele to take horses for his war efforts ('as long as Haysele provided Ran with superb horses and horse expertise, it remained free'). After he leaves, Syeira discovers that Ran has taken two Arva colts, and in a rather unlikely move, the girl frees the Arva mare, and accompanies her to reclaim her progeny. If the plotting stretches credibility, the eloquent prose compensates; Syeira meets a litany of entertainingly odd travelers along the way, who relate their life stories to the heroine in conversational passages. Syeira eventually faces Ran himself, learns the nature of his dreams and the origin of the legendary 'Night Mare.' Readers may be willing to go along with the importance of three horses in a kingdom of thousands, but the dream subtheme muddies the proceedings. Still, horse lovers will likely be caught up in this tale, which moves along at a canter. Ages 9-12. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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