Mending Horses


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$7.99  $7.43
Holiday House
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

M. P. Barker has more than two decades of experience as a historian, an archivist, and a 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. Her first novel, A Difficult Boy, was an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society. She lives in Massachusetts.


★ "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

★ "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