Mending Horses

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Product Details

Price
$7.99
Publisher
Holiday House
Publish Date
Pages
308
Dimensions
5.4 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780823440047

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About the Author

M. P. BARKER has more than two decades of experience as a historian, archivist, and writer. She has worked as a costumed historical interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts where she got a firsthand taste of nineteenth century New England rural life by milking cows and mucking out barns, and she has been an archivist at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum.

Reviews

β˜… "Fluid writing and a true sense of history--including fascinating insights into early circuses--raise this well above the usual. Barker's characters are nuanced, difficult, and real, and so is her sense of horses. An absorbing look into a patch of past not often examined." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Barker's deft sketches even endow most peripheral characters with individuality... Barker fashions a well-researched roster of circus eccentrics to serve as a colorful backdrop to Daniel's slow flowering as a horse trainer and Billy's pugnacious evolution towards contentment...The sideshow troupers, tragic childhoods, and near-fatal altercations--plus some gender disguise--could combine for a noisy novel, but Barker crafts a story of grace and strength." --School Library Journal

β˜… "Barker skillfully evokes the realities of class, racial, and gender oppression in the nineteenth century through a rich cast, lifelike setting, and complex, compelling plot." --Booklist, Starred Review