- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureSet in Hollywood in the earliest days of filmmaking, this book features Rosie, a high-spirited Jewish girl, who has appeared as the star of several of her father's silent films in two previous books by the same author, part of the "Aladdin Historical Fiction" series. When Rosie's father hires an entire wild west show to help with his first western, Rosie meets Zach, the rude and irritable son of the show's feature rider. When two prize horses escape, Zach and Rosie take off into the wild Santa Monica Mountains to find them. They lose their way, barely avoiding attacks by a mountain lion and a rattlesnake. Then they are captured by, then escape from, a pair of robbers who are plotting to steal all the horses from the show. How Rosie and Zach overcome these dangers and their dislike for each other, conquer their very real fears, and help save the horses, makes for a very exciting, yet thoughtful, book. The guardian angel who appears in Rosie's dreams as a wise and drawling Jewish cowboy ("Shalom, y'all") is a sample of the author's quirky humor, and her intent to offer more than just an action story. Rosie is a great example of a confident girl who still has to work through fears and feelings, a good role model for upper elementary and middle school girls. 2004, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, Ages 9 to 12.
—Dawn Elizabeth Hunt