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Posted November 16, 2013
Title: The Girl Who Remembered Horses
Author: Linda Benson
Publisher: Musa Publishing
As a child of the 1950s I have grown up with prophecies of doom and gloom. What would end our world as we know it? Today, the big concern isn’t an all out war between super powers, but terrorists with WMDs, global warming, increasing super storms, and seismic disturbances. What would a post-apocalyptic world look like?
Author Linda Benson has delved into such a world in her beautifully written story of “The Girl Who Remembered Horses.” Follow along with young Sahara as she travels with her nomadic clan to search for old treasures. The recyclables they excavate give the clan goods to trade for food when they travel from the barren desert in witch they hunt to the home of the Gardner Clan.
At the Gardner’s Camp, our spunky little heroine is given an old book about the beautiful animals that fill her dreams. There Sahara’s adventures begin, as she sees, for the first time, the horses in the book and in her dreams thunder across the landscape. She battles to save these beautiful creatures from the hunters in her clan.
Sarah finds a newborn foal hiding in the rocks near its fallen mother. She rescues the foal, and hopes her inborn knowledge will be sufficient to keep the helpless baby horse alive.
This is a quick moving adventure of a young girl seeking to find her place in a male dominated society. Horse lovers will love this book, but it is an excellent read for the YA and above audience. I highly recommend “The Girl Who Remembered Horses.”
Put this one on your Christmas wish list.
This tale rates five stars on my review meter. I couldn’t put this one down! Well done Linda.
Jackie Anton…….Author of the award winning “Backyard Horse Tales” series.
Posted January 31, 2013
Sahara kept having dreams of horses. She dreams of riding them and how horses and human work together. She is told to forget about such silliness. Sahara lives in the future, past the Dark Days, and no one has ever ridden a horse. Horses are hunted and used as food. Sahara lives in the Trader’s Clan, people who find goods and trade them with other clans. When visiting the Gardener’s Camp, the Keeper of the Books gives Sahara an ancient book that has pictures of people riding horses. Sahara now knows that her dreams are real. Soon after finding the book, she saves a hurt horse from a group of hunters and tries to help it , but it escapes. Later, Sahara finds a dying horse and has to battle wild dogs to try to save the horse’s foal. Sahara is determined to raise the foal, but can she convince her clan that horses are more than just food?
This was an awesome dystopian book. I know a lot of people love horses and I think they will LOVE this book. I like horses, but I don’t think I am a huge fan and I LOVED this book too because it was written really well and it is a great adventure. The characters were original and I loved the dystopian world Ms. Benson created. I like Sahara. She is nice, smart and she perseveres. I thought the book ended a bit too soon, but maybe Ms. Benson is thinking of a second book (I hope). The book is a clean read for young advanced readers.
*NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Posted August 20, 2012
I'd given up on the futuristic tales of this nature, even YAs, because
it seems they are just too grim for me. The Girl Who Remembered Horses
has restored my faith. Not that it paints a pretty picture of the
future, it just doesn't dwell on the negative. Instead, it focuses on
the dreams and choices of an almost-teenager. The setting is vivid, and
all of the characters are drawn to the perfect degree, depending on
their part in the story. The author clearly knows horses and girls'
fantasies. Nothing about this story is at all hard to believe. I highly
recommend this to horse-crazy girls of all ages, or those who want to
understand them a little better.
Posted May 10, 2012
Linda Benson writes with clarity and precision: by the time the story ends, I was completely immersed in her dystopian world. Sahara is a character to fall in love with, and the theme that despite all odds, the human/animal bond will survive is salient in our real world threatened by so much. Hope and joy mixed with fear and longing provide a heady mood. My son, twelve, and I both read and loved this story. It gave us something important to talk about, and for that, I owe Linda Benson this five star review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2012
I was drawn to this by the cover - I didn't read the blurb & had no idea of the setting for the book. It was a unique concept of the future and very well done. Lots of depth to the characters & great story. Any animal lover in your family will enjoy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2012
This is a story for all ages. Parents will enjoy reading it to their children. Older children and teens will not be able to put this book down until they have finished it- and then they will want more! The heroine, Sahara is intriguing and reading about how she overcomes her adversities and reaches her dreams is an exciting read. I hope that the author writes a sequel to this story so we can follow the characters as they have more adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a little fantasy in their lives!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2011
It was very interesting to read. My favorite character was the girl named Sahara. My favorite horse was the one she captured and tamed, Promise. I read it in one day because it was so entertaining. I would recommend this to anyone who likes horses and ages 10-20. I liked the Indian aspects in the story. The way people were having to live because the current world had crashed was different from any other book I've read. I really hope that there will be a good sequel.
Reviewed by my 11 year old daughter.
Posted October 21, 2012
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Posted June 30, 2012
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