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A Horse Named Sky

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Thrilling, info-rich tale of young mustang in Silver Rush.

A Horse Named Sky book cover: Brown spotted horse with white mane running across mountain meadow

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Author Rosanne Parry and illustrator Kirbi Fagan present a vivid, engaging window on Nevada's Silver Rush and the Pony Express, as seen by a young horse whose life they change forever. A Horse Named Sky capture's young Sky's determination to go home and reunite with his loved ones so keenly it's almost heartbreaking. Like Parry's previous books, this one hits a narrative sweet spot, telling a compelling story of home, family, and friendship with appeal to different audiences: animal lovers for its empathetic, scientific way of looking at the world through another species' eyes; history fans for its you-are-there experience of events from those living it; nature enthusiasts for its wealth of information about plants, ecosystems, and interdependencies. This is a lovingly researched historical novel many middle grade readers will love.

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