The Island Horse

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Kids Can Press Ltd, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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It's the early half of the 19th century in coastal Nova Scotia, and almost-ten-year-old Ellie is adjusting to the recent death of her mother. But just when she finally begins to feel happy again, Ellie and her father move to remote Sable Island, a tiny, windblown crescent of grass and sand in the Atlantic. While her father works, Ellie explores the island, feeling alone and furious with her pa for making them leave their beloved home. Even meeting a spirited island girl named Sarah does little to dispel her anger and grief. Then one afternoon, Ellie encounters a wild stallion grazing on the dunes, and slowly forges a secret connection with the beautiful horse she names Orchid. But Ellie soon learns that Orchid and his family are threatened, and it may be up to her to save them. Based on historical fact, this early chapter book is a touching exploration of loss and loneliness and the redemptive power of love and friendship.

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User Review  - Becky Keir Grace - Goodreads

I quick, easy read, and I enjoyed it. This book takes place in the early 1800s on Sable Island and follows the story of a young girl, Ellie. Ellie recently lost her mother, which leads her and her ... Read full review

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User Review  - ah - Goodreads

I happened to pick this when I took out other books in the same shelf but so happy that I brought this one home. enjoyed entirely. and finished in one go (within a couple of hours). great literary ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Virginia. She has loved horses since she was a child and has long dreamed of setting a story on Sable Island. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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