The Way Home

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Nine-year-old Tory has been bumped from foster home to foster home. Living with a foster family on a horse ranch for the summer, she falls in love with Lucky, the shaggy pony she is allowed to ride. When a nearby forest fire forces the family to evacuate, Tory is devastated when Lucky has to be left behind. The story alternates between the points of view of Lucky and Tory. Lucky flees from the fire into the wilderness, where he searches for water and faces various dangers, including a brush with wolves and a ...
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Nine-year-old Tory has been bumped from foster home to foster home. Living with a foster family on a horse ranch for the summer, she falls in love with Lucky, the shaggy pony she is allowed to ride. When a nearby forest fire forces the family to evacuate, Tory is devastated when Lucky has to be left behind. The story alternates between the points of view of Lucky and Tory. Lucky flees from the fire into the wilderness, where he searches for water and faces various dangers, including a brush with wolves and a tangle with barbed wire. Eventually Lucky finds his way to Rainbow Ranch, the home of a kind couple and their foster son, Patrick, who doesn't speak.

Meanwhile, Tory's life seems full of problems, including worrying about Lucky, trying to control her temper and wondering where she'll live next. When she finally tracks Lucky to Rainbow Ranch, she makes the difficult decision to leave him in his new home with Patrick. Tory's selflessness and understanding may lead to her finding a home at Rainbow Ranch as well.

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"Will appeal to all animal lovers and to anyone who has ever felt alone and out of place...Surprisingly poignant...A wonderful addition to any library."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Citra sets a nice pace for the story with a simple style of telling. The alternating point of view between Tory and Lucky is engaging and readers will want to read 'just one more chapter' to see what happens next...A story of survival and the importance of never giving up hope. Citra tackles the issue of foster care with both candor and care."
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Tory, age nine, is a foster child who lives with Oliver and Cathy and their daughter Julia, age eleven. She is behind in school. The family lives on a farm with show horses and they provide Tory with an old pony named Lucky. Tory learns to ride and to love Lucky. But when a forest fire nears their home, the family evacuates to the home of friends and leaves Lucky behind. Lucky did not come because he would not get in the horse trailer. Instead, the pony runs off, seeing both deer and wolves who are chasing the deer. When the danger of fire is past, the family returns home, however, Lucky is not there. And Tory runs off in the rain to find him. With Oliver's help, Tory looks for Lucky, making signs and offering a reward. But even as the call comes that Lucky is found, the story is not over. Tory has to think about what is best for the pony, the new people, and herself. This interesting, complicated story gives insight into the lives of foster children. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781927583012
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,452,451
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Becky Citra is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. When Becky is not writing, she gardens, hikes, skis and reads. Becky lives with her husband and daughter on a ranch where she has ridden and trained horses for thirty years in Bridge Lake, British Columbia.
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