Red River Stallion

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When her mother dies, Rose is left feeling completely alone in the world, but the promise of a new friendship arrives on an English ship. Fireway, a red stallion, has made the long trip to North America and Rose falls in love with his beauty instantly. The horse is headed on a westward expedition to the Red River Valley-the same place where Rose's father is rumored to be. Together, Rose and Fireaway make the journey. But bear attacks, roaring rapids, and other adventures are ...

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Overview

When her mother dies, Rose is left feeling completely alone in the world, but the promise of a new friendship arrives on an English ship. Fireway, a red stallion, has made the long trip to North America and Rose falls in love with his beauty instantly. The horse is headed on a westward expedition to the Red River Valley-the same place where Rose's father is rumored to be. Together, Rose and Fireaway make the journey. But bear attacks, roaring rapids, and other adventures are waiting at every turn.

Set in 1800s Canada, this novel pairs the historical adventure of Dear America with the allure of all things equestrian in a package that's sure to please young readers.

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Publishers Weekly
Harrison’s tale of a 14-year-old Native American girl’s search for her father on the North American frontier after her mother dies is beautifully written, at times reminiscent of Scott O’Dell. Orphans Amelia Otterchild Mackenzie and her younger half-sister, Charlotte, have barely survived a recent famine that plagued their Cree tribe, which lives near the Hudson Bay. When Amelia connects with Foxfire—a magnificent red stallion traveling with his English owner, Orchid Spencer, to the Red River Valley—Amelia knows it is her destiny to join them on this trip and find her father. The journey and the overall story are slow, with great detail given to the time period, the land, and the horses; Amelia’s (and Harrison’s) affection for the animals is evident on every page. As a heroine, Amelia is determined, loyal, proud, and protective. For readers who enjoy being transported back in time and appreciate the careful way that Harrison (The Horse Road) lays out each scene (as well as those who are as fond of horses as Harrison is) Amelia’s journey will be a delight. Ages 8–12. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Fourteen-year-old Amelia Ottertail Mackenzie longs to find her Scottish father. He left for the Red River Valley when she was a child, leaving her Cree mother near the fort near York Factory on Hudson Bay. After years of no news, her mother remarried but died when her second daughter was five, leaving Amelia to raise her half-sister Charlotte. When Amelia is caught is the turbulence of the Hayes River, she is saved by a large red horse which she recognizes as her pawaken, or spirit guide. She later learns that this magnificent creature is a horse, an animal she has never seen. His name is Foxfire and he belongs to a young English woman Orchid who is traveling to the Red River Valley to join her husband. After finding a long-lost letter her father had written asking her mother to join him, Amelia decides to leave her home and travel with Orchid in hopes of finding her father. On the long trip they are faced with the storms, shipwreck, disease, and dangerous men. Harrison paints a vivid picture of life in the 19th century. Young readers will admire Ameilia's determination and, like Amelia, will fall in love with the beautiful horse she is accompanied by on the journey. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
Kirkus Reviews
Amelia Otterchild Mackenzie, a Cree-Scottish half-blood, orphaned twice, struggles to find places for herself and her young sister Charlotte among the Hudson's Bay fur-trading community. Her birth father abandoned her and her mother when she was an infant, traveling west to the Red River and never returning. She has friends among the white men of the fort, but no place to live; the Cree, who welcome her, are starving. When a mysterious creature swims toward her in a fogbound river, Amelia recognizes it as her pawakan, her spirit-animal, and hopes it will lead her to her true life. The creature is a stallion whose white mistress--the first white woman Amelia has ever seen--is bound for none other than the Red River. Amelia's fascination with the horse leads it to trust her enough to follow her up a swaying gangplank onto a small riverboat; she, Charlotte and the white woman, Orchid, embark on a 600-mile journey west. Harrison sensitively depicts Amelia's feelings of both belonging and abandonment as she stands with her feet in two worlds. The Cree and the white settlers are portrayed accurately and sympathetically, but without sentiment; complicated situations unfold without simple answers. Amelia never believes that the stallion Foxfire belongs to her, only feeling in her heart that they are linked. (A map will be posted on the author's website.) The emotionally satisfying ending underscores the relationship beautifully. (Historical fiction. 10-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—When 14-year-old Amelia Otterchild Mackenzie is orphaned, she and her younger half sister, Charlotte, are taken in by her mother's ailing tribe, the Swampy Cree of the Hudson Bay area. Her Scottish father left the family for the Red River Valley years earlier but never returned. When a beautiful and mysterious horse washes ashore, saving Amelia's life, she recognizes him as her pawakan, or spirit guide. The horse, a red Norfolk stallion named Foxfire, belongs to Orchid, a proper young British woman who is taking the horse as dowry to her new husband in the Red River Valley. Believing this to be an omen, Amelia is determined to accompany the horse and search for her father. Despite strong cultural differences, Amelia and Orchid learn from each other and form a common bond in caring for Foxfire during the long, harsh journey. Amelia is strong and likable, her native knowledge and perspective interesting and fresh. Historical detail is plentiful almost to the point of slowing down the story at times, but the language is beautiful and accomplished, making this novel of discovery and survival an enjoyable and authentic read. With plenty of equestrian-infused drama and a satisfying conclusion, it won't disappoint strong readers of historical fiction and horse lovers.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599908458
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,480,778
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

TROON HARRISON is an internationally published, award winning author, an editor, and a teacher. Born in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Troon was raised mainly in Cornwall, England. She holds degrees in sociology, primary education, and English literature.

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    Posted January 19, 2014

    Stormfeather's

    "She'll come through, eventually.." He promised lightly, giving her a gentle flick with his tail. [Gotta go to bed. I'kl be on tomorrow.>

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    Posted January 19, 2014

    Whitetail

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    Posted January 18, 2014

    Fawnleap

    Pads in an smells the air

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    Posted January 9, 2014

    Wolfsun

    She smells the strong scent of fear and blood and he happens to stumble across velvetstar with the trap on her leg and rushes over to help her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Cloudripple

    Cloudripple, following the faint scent trail she picked up before, took the same path as Lilywolf; her pelt bristled when she smelled dog. Something bad had happened; she could feel it. "Velvetstar? Are you there?" She asked quietly, trying not to attract the dog or the twoleg.

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    Posted January 19, 2014

    Lilywolf

    Hehe! What I find amusing is you keep thinking Lily's upset. No Stormy. Just no. That is not what the poker face ment! But I shall not tell! Shall not! Lol! You'll find out all in good time! And my gosh I'm still recovering from Snappaw. Starclan help me she was suppose to be the calm one! ~ Lilywolf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    I checked this book out at the library. It is a good bok.

    I read this book and i thubk it would be a good idea to read it. It took my imagination beyond where it has evr been. Rwad this book. I advise you!

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