Bill Miller has been riding to the hounds for over 40 years. For nearly 20 years he has been an honorary whipper-in for the Norfolk Hunt Club. Bill is also actively involved in Team Penning during the summer months. He lives on a small farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts with his wife and three horses. When not working with horses, Bill is an independent film director and cinematographer. His website is: www.billmillerfilm.com
Heroes And Houndsby Mr. Bill Miller, Mary Burkhardt (Illustrator), Albert Burkhardt (Designed by)
Carly is 11 years old and lives with her grandfather on a 200-acre Virginia farm while both parents serve in the military overseas. She loves the farm, and befriends all of the animals including a sneaky red fox that stalks her grandfather's prize chickens. Her best friend is her pony, Monroe, who shares her enthusiasm for adventure. Carly's constant dream is to ride with the Riverdale Hunt Club that passes through her grandfather's property.
On one particularly rainy Saturday, Carly watches from her front porch as the finely dressed ladies and gentlemen ride to the hounds. Later in the day, Carly finds out that a young hound named Hampton has become lost and Carly is determined to find him and by so doing endear herself to the hunt's Master; perhaps to be asked to ride Monroe in an upcoming meet. Carly enlists the help of her friend, Freddie, but the adventure is just beginning. Carly, Monroe, Hampton and the red fox have no idea what dangers await them.
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Hounds and Heroes by Bill Miller The Hunt was allowed access to the farms every year. It was just the understanding that the farmers would move their animals to other pastures so the fox population would be kept under control. Carly had begun to see a nightly fox to their farm at nightfall. She hoped to ride with the Hunt one day. She lived on the farm and her grandfather took care of her. Charcoal drawings of what's going on appear in the book. This is the story of a hound, Hampton that starts out lead on the hunt, loses the scent and relaxes in the stream for a minute and then gets separated from the others and ends up running for miles and finds himself in the city-very unfamiliar territory. After school her friend Freddie and her got on dirt bikes and rode to see if they could find the hound dog. They did find some prints.... There are places that the speaker is the hound himself and also the US Vet and what is going through their minds. Fred's disappearance brought them all together. They are calling Carly the hero for following Hampton. Thanksgiving Hunt is what happens next and it's a very troubled time with the train coming and the Hunt heading towards the train...
It has been awhile since I have had the chance to read a book that is geared for younger readers. I loved reading books about horses growing up and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read Heroes and Hounds by Bill Miller. The book opens by introducing us to Carly, a young girl who loves all animals and dreams of riding as part of the fox-hunting party. Living with her grandfather on his farm, she is able to watch the hunting party as they ride through her grandfather's farm on various Saturdays in the fall. Hampton is a young hound that was allowed to join the hunting hounds after an older hound was wounded. Having been trained for the day that he could join the hunt, Hampton is excited to be chosen. But when he picks up the fox's scent in a different direction than the rest of the pack, Hampton finds himself lost and unable to determine where the pack of hounds went. Heroes and Hounds alternates between adventures: some chapters telling the adventures Carly is having in search of the lost hound Hampton and the remaining chapters let us see the adventures that Hampton is having while trying to find his way back home. Mr. Miller does an excellent job allowing me to see both sides while holding my attention. An enduring tale of courage, friendship and the bonds created between humans and their animal companions. I strongly recommend this book to any animal lovers and can't wait for my daughter to get a little older so that she can read about Carly's adventures.
Carly shares a love for the outdoors with her pony Monroe. One day while out searching for a lost Foxhound they come upon a hermit. He's an outcast from society, living in a rundown trailer, recovering from the mental anguish of the Vietnam War. Through a series of coincidences (are they really coincidences) he becomes the hero and saves Carly's life and the life of the missing hound. It's a must read for children and their parents. I couldn't put it down.