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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ginny Rorby Narrator: Emily Bauer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“There’s nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.”—old English proverb

The stories Hannah Gale’s father told her of breaking wild horses in Nevada one glorious summer when he was her age have captured her imagination. After her dad is called to fight in Iraq, she regularly stops to watch the horses at the nearby stable to feel closer to him, and finally gathers the nerve to ask the owner for a job. There she helps bring a rescued mare back from the brink, takes her first riding lesson, and witnesses the birth of the filly who steals her heart.

Hannah believes the worst is over when her dad returns from war, but soon she realizes her family’s fight is only just beginning. When his nightmares rock the household, it is the horses Hannah turns to for comfort. Can the horses help her teach her dad the same lessons of survival and hope they’ve taught her?

Based on a patchwork of true stories, this is a heartbreaking story about the rehabilitative power of animals and the depth of the human capacity for hope. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This novel really shines in showing how horses can help troubled humans heal their physical and emotional wounds.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Horse lovers and most others will saddle up right away with this poignant tale.”

    Booklist

  • AScholastic Book Fair Selection

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michaela | 2/18/2014

    " This book was AMAZING. It was sad at some parts, but it was a really great book. DEFINITELY read it! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie A. | 2/4/2014

    " Parts of it felt aimed more at educating the juvenile set (Premarin, slaughterhouses, etc), even though it's shelved as YA -- but then I forgot about that and cried my way through the second half of the book. Very cool way to incorporate Barbaro into the whole thing, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerrie | 1/21/2014

    " Definitely an upper elementary-middle school and even high school level book. I wouldn't even suggest it for under 7th grade unless the student is mature. I was kind of surprised by this book since the cover makes it seem very girly and soft. I was very wrong. Very hard truths and detailed facts come through this story; a real eye opener. However brutally honest the author is, I do appreciate her writing. I really did enjoy this book and as soon as I got reading it, couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hollynn | 12/26/2013

    " It was good. Realistic. I didn't quite care for how childish Hannah was, though. "

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About the Author

Ginny Rorby holds undergraduate degrees in biology and English from the University of Miami and an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. Her young adult novel, Dolphin Sky, was nominated for the Keystone to Reading Book Award. She is also director of the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association. She lives in Fort Bragg, California.