Review, Young Adult

Wind Dancer | Chris Platt

Publisher: Peachtree
Published: 01/04/2014
Genre: Young adult
Format: Hardback
Pages: 176
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Ali McCormick used to love horses. But then she and her beloved pony Max were in an accident; Ali was injured, Max died, and Ali’s brother Danny, who caused the accident, joined the military. Now Danny has returned from Afghanistan, injured and traumatized. He’s learning to walk with the prosthetic that has replaced one of his legs, but he can’t seem to find a way to reconnect with family and friends. Withdrawn and quick to anger, Danny suffers from terrible nightmares and frightening mood changes.

When Ali and her friend Cara realize that an elderly neighbor has been neglecting her horses, they decide they have to act. Little does Ali realize that she’ll end up having to help care for these two horses, who are starved and suffering from malnutrition. Can Ali rise above her painful memories and love a horse again? And can Wind Dancer, also injured and traumatized, help Danny find meaning in his life again?

Review
I won this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

As a lover of horses, and books about horses, I was so excited to start reading this book when I got it.

Ali and Cara notice that the owner of two Appaloosa horses is seemingly failing in caring for them and so, they break into her barn late one evening and find the horses starving, thirsty and basically living in their own filth.

After they report it to animal control the next day, they hope they haven’t gone and caused more trouble.

After losing her previous horse, Max, Ali doesn’t want another horse to care for. But when her parents and the local vet decide that the best place to keep the two horses is Ali’s corral, and the ask for her help, Ali slowly comes to realise that she misses caring for horses.

This is a nice, quick read and is suitable for horse lovers of all ages.

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