"In the Heart of a Mustang is one of the finest books ever written for teens and preteens." Literary Classics
In the Heart of a Mustang has been awarded the Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction from the Literary Classics Book Awards, a Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction by the Nautilus Book Awards, a Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction from the Readers' Favorite Book Awards and the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Everyone needs loyalty, love and at times healing. Lucky is the soul who finds all three In the Heart of a Mustang.
A boy is told that his father was a brave and virtuous man, a soldier who traded his life to save the lives of countless others. He was the man that Hunter needed to emulate. The only problem is the story is a lie, all of it. The truth, which Hunter discovers as he begins his sophomore year of high school, is that his father has actually spent the boy's entire life in jail, paying his debt to society, but not mending his ways.
A wild mustang mare is rounded up by the BLM. The spring rains had been sparse, the forage on the plains even more so. The mare and her herd are rescued from certain starvation and placed for adoption. In a sandy corral at Promise Ranch, a home for troubled teenage boys, the boy and the mare meet. A weathered old cowboy brings them together - a mentor for one, a trainer for the other.
The bond that forms between boy and horse becomes one that saves the lives of both.
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This is the type of book that I would have devoured as a horse-crazy teen. I also devoured it as a horse-loving adult. A great story of a boy struggling to find his way in life and to make sense of what has transpired in his life. It brought back many good memories of my time with my horse. I would recommend this to kids 14 and up. Some of the scenes and the character's situations are just too intense for younger readers.
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite When Hunter, the young male protagonist of In the Heart of a Mustang by M.J. Evans, learns that his father is neither dead nor a noble hero, his world collapses. His mother had lied to him all those years, and his father is nothing but a useless alcoholic with a violent streak that made him spend some years in prison. Hunter decides that he should not disappoint his mother. After all, she always wanted him to become just like his father. Hunter starts a downward spiral and eventually ends up on a ranch for troubled boys. Initially, he wants nothing to do with the people and the horses. After all, cars are better than horses. But then he meets a female mustang from a recently rounded up herd. The mustang and Hunter are both in need of trust, love, friendship, and time - especially after Hunter receives some additional shocking news that turns his life upside down once more. I picked up In the Heart of a Mustang by M.J. Evans because I have just started working in a place that has some horses and felt like reading a story involving horses (as the place here also uses animals for therapy purposes). I ended up enjoying the story very much as the characters, their issues, and behaviors were rather believable, i.e. close to how things could play out in real life (though I doubt the taming of an absolutely wild horse would really happen within such a short time - I had issues with being allowed to touch a "normal" horse's hair for seven weeks!). I liked how there were different side characters, too, and how each of them played an important role when it came to moving the plot on another step. It also helped that the writing flowed smoothly and was very well done. It was a joy to read!
Man, this book was intense! This is the fifth fiction book MJ has written, and was clearly written for a slightly older audience than her previous fantasy adventures—young adult rather than middle grade. The story was powerful and covered themes such as forgiveness and redemption very effectively. As always, her writing was beautiful. Along with being an author, MJ Evans is an avid equestrian and she expertly included this passion of hers in the book. There was fascinating detail about the wild horses of the American West and how to train them. You don’t have to be a horse person to love the book, but if you are, Evans' inclusion of these details is an extra bonus.
In the Heart of a Mustang is award-winning author M.J. Evans at her best. If you love horses, you’ll love this story. If you don’t love horses, you’ll love it anyway. It’s a heartwarming story about Hunter, a teen sent to a ranch for troubled boys, and Sally, the wild mustang he meets and connects with. The novel deals with a range of issues faced by young adults today, and it realistically portrays the bond between friends—both human and animal—and the power it provides to forge ties and change lives. The characters are well defined and easy to relate to. Also, the story is well written and filled with amazing details that will not only entertain but educate. I highly recommend this book to adults and young adults alike.
This is an excellent book for young adults and adults. It is also wonderful for book clubs. The message of forgiveness is powerful even as the reader learns about the healing power of horses