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The Boy on a Black Horse

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Gr 5-9-Horse-crazy Gray, 13, is drawn to a strange new boy who calls himself Chav. She sees him riding a beautiful black stallion, follows its trail, and learns that he is living on his own with his younger brother and sister. When the children become ill, Gray and her aunt (with whom she lives) take them in, but Chav is afraid to open up to them. He has run away from his rich, white father whose abuse killed his mother, and he clings to a romantic ideal of returning to the Gypsy life his mother once led. He doesn't want to trust non-Gypsies, but Gray and her aunt are weakening his defenses. His anger and confusion mount until he decides to kill the boys from school who have teased him and then commit suicide. Gray intercepts him and he breaks down and confides his fears. Springer makes these characters and their troubled lives convincing. Glimpses of Chav's thoughts written in his journal punctuate Gray's first-person narrative. Romantic young readers will be as fascinated as she is by the Heathcliff-like Chav and his confused siblings. While the ending is a bit too tidy, this is a satisfying and often compelling story with vivid, memorable characters. It's more of a psychological than sociological novel and should appeal to horse-story fans and problem-novel readers alike.-Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442413535
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    The best book I've ever read!

    I first read this book when I was in the forth grade, and I must have read it AT LEAST three times a year since then. I am now in the eighth grade. There arent many books that I can say that about...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2001

    A Great Book

    This was a great book that I really enjoyed reading. In some parts are not for the faint-hearted dark & angsty thoughts from Chav. The end was a bit quick and short, but still a good ending and the characters will really make you believe in the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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