Rocking Horse War

Rocking Horse War

by Lari Don
     
 

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One sunny morning the triplets disappear, leaving only a few mysterious clues behind: an open upstairs window, three missing rocking horses and some strangely shaped marks on the lawn outside. Could they be hoofprints? Used to their silly pranks, older sister Pearl sets out to find them. At the garden gate she encounters Thomas, the snooty grandson of a local earl,

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One sunny morning the triplets disappear, leaving only a few mysterious clues behind: an open upstairs window, three missing rocking horses and some strangely shaped marks on the lawn outside. Could they be hoofprints? Used to their silly pranks, older sister Pearl sets out to find them. At the garden gate she encounters Thomas, the snooty grandson of a local earl, who warns her that the moors aren't safe today. But who is he to boss Pearl around? As she searches for the triplets and tries to outwit Thomas, Pearl's journey through the rugged Scottish hills unfolds into an incredible and perilous adventure. Pearl strives to outwit living, breathing rocking horses and several powerful land magicians, who turn the very rocks of the mountains against her. But can she trust the mysterious Thomas? And can she save her brother and sisters from the unknown fate that lies ahead? A tale of dark magic and destiny set in the 1920s Scottish Highlands.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Pearl hears her brother and sister singing in the nursery. So how is it that when she enters to bring them to breakfast, they're not there? The window is open, three rocking horses are also missing, and there seem to be hoof prints on the lawn below. That these clues could be connected to the children's disappearance seems farfetched, but Pearl's accustomed to unusual goings-on around her siblings. Knowing that her mother will worry until the children return, Pearl sets out to find them. She follows their tracks to the gate, but there is turned away by the arrogant and vaguely menacing boy named Thomas, the grandson of a neighboring earl. It's not easy to shake Pearl, though, and soon she is once again following the tracks to the triplets. In addition to Thomas and the rugged Scottish terrain, Pearl must take on an angry rocking horse, her brother's ambition, and power-hungry magicians. Will Pearl be able to save her brother and sisters from danger, and bring them home to their troubled mother? Although this book is set in the Scottish Highlands in the 1920s, the thick magical realism imbues it with an otherworldly feel. It is a captivating tale with many timeless themes, including love, destiny, trust, choice, and family. Recommended for public, school and home libraries. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780863158957
Publisher:
Floris Books
Publication date:
12/08/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
349 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Lari Don has worked in politics and broadcasting, but is now a full-time writer and storyteller. She grew up in the north-east of Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of the four Fabled Beasts Chronicles novels, Rocking Horse War, and Mind Blind for young teens. She is also a prolific writer of picture books, including The Tale of Tam Linn and The Secret of the Kelpie.

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