Synopses & Reviews
When her mother dies, Rose is left feeling completely alone in the world, but the promise of a new friendship arrives on an English ship. Fireway, a red stallion, has made the long trip to North America and Rose falls in love with his beauty instantly. The horse is headed on a westward expedition to the Red River Valley-the same place where Rose's father is rumored to be. Together, Rose and Fireaway make the journey. But bear attacks, roaring rapids, and other adventures are waiting at every turn.
Set in 1800s Canada, this novel pairs the historical adventure of Dear America with the allure of all things equestrian in a package that's sure to please young readers.
"Harrison's tale of a 14-year-old Native American girl's search for her father on the North American frontier after her mother dies is beautifully written, at times reminiscent of Scott O'Dell. Orphans Amelia Otterchild Mackenzie and her younger half-sister, Charlotte, have barely survived a recent famine that plagued their Cree tribe, which lives near the Hudson Bay. When Amelia connects with Foxfire a magnificent red stallion traveling with his English owner, Orchid Spencer, to the Red River Valley Amelia knows it is her destiny to join them on this trip and find her father. The journey and the overall story are slow, with great detail given to the time period, the land, and the horses; Amelia's (and Harrison's) affection for the animals is evident on every page. As a heroine, Amelia is determined, loyal, proud, and protective. For readers who enjoy being transported back in time and appreciate the careful way that Harrison (The Horse Road) lays out each scene (as well as those who are as fond of horses as Harrison is) Amelia's journey will be a delight. Ages 8 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
TROON HARRISON is an internationally published, award winning author, an editor, and a teacher. Born in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Troon was raised mainly in Cornwall, England. She holds degrees in sociology, primary education, and English literature.