Meeting of the Mustangs

Meeting of the Mustangs

by Cathy Kennedy

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Overview

A black colt is born into an exciting and dangerous world. Will his parents be able to protect him from becoming a victim? The wild mustangs encourage and protect each other, but what will happen when the man and his tame horse show up? Can the mustangs save themselves or will they be forced to abandon all they've ever known?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151960847
Publisher: Cathy Kennedy
Publication date: 06/07/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 157 KB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cathy Kennedy spent the first years of her life growing up in Pennsylvania before moving to South Florida at age 17. Her book, Meeting of the Mustangs, was started during her teenage years in Pennsylvania and would not be completed until many years later. The story of the wild mustangs is somewhat reflective of her life living in the country, where her family owned horses. She wanted to complete the book for younger readers who have a love for animals, and finally convinced herself that she should continue the story where she'd stopped writing many years before. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and three rescued tuxedo cats.

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Meeting of the Mustangs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BruceMCarroll More than 1 year ago
This is a clever and uplifting story about a wild mustang. It is an easy read, but it may not be suitable for young children as it does include heartbreak, hardship, and death. The story is somewhat episodic, but some events do connect as the story progresses. It does not have chapters as such, but the narrative does include many divisions for easy reading. I finished it in about a day and a half, and that was with my busy schedule. While the description of the horses and their perceptions are well executed, the descriptions of the humans and their perceptions are sometimes lacking. At one point two characters decide to “stop at their favorite restaurant for lunch.” We are told “they ordered and ate,” but no details of either the restaurant or the meal are given. It would be nice to know what kind of restaurant it was, what the decor was like, what they ordered and how it smelled and tasted. Then we readers could decide for ourselves if it was “their favorite.” The eBook itself could use some additional formatting, as I found some paragraph breaks mid-sentence. Still, the story was enjoyable, and the ending most satisfying. I look forward to more from Cathy Kennedy. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Black Beauty for the modern American reader, Cathy Kennedy’s The Meeting of the Mustangs allows readers a very convincing view of life through the eyes of a gorgeous wild black horse. The language is simple and evocative, with lovely descriptions of scenery, animals and people, and a delightful sense for how and when an animal might feel frightened or brave. There’s a nice circular story arc that takes the horse from wild to pleasingly wise. And there’s a lovely feeling of life and the value of life. The horse of this story travels the country, experiences the pain of the natural world’s terrors and the world of man, plus the joys of both, and grows to a maturity that is always something different from human—a very believable portrayal of very different emotions. The humans run the gamut from kind to cruel, intelligent to unforgiving, and wise to foolish. And the story leaves the reader glad to have met and known a wonderful horse. Great for middle-grade readers and above—a charming story, filled with life and vitality. Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Oh, to be free! To be able to run across the wild prairie without a care in the world, free of danger, free of injury, free of hardship and starvation. The wild Mustangs have run free for generations, but not without the fear of predators: wild animals and humans, all of whom threaten their lives, their safety, their well-being, and their source of food. A Mustang colt, black as his sire, is born free and, for the first part of his life, he doesn’t have a care in the world. He can chase after shadows, which he does to his heart’s content. That is until predators scare him and his herd, and somehow in his youth and inexperience he ventures too far from his herd. He is lost and alone. His first encounter with humans is frightening, but in the next encounter a kind man frees him from a wire trap. The Mustang colt, almost full grown now, ventures unknowingly further away from his herd. He is captured, sold, trained, cared for. He learns that humans are not all bad, not all to be feared. Although the Mustang colt does experience other elements of fear that continuously cause him to bolt, at last he encounters the first human who saved him and the young colt’s compassion surfaces as he struggles to return the favor once offered him. Cathy Kennedy’s novel, Meeting of the Mustangs, is a compassionate story of survival, and the power and importance of love for all life. The Mustangs have long been victimized by humans: human greed, human ignorance, human abuse, as well as encroaching civilization. Their plight is one that needs consideration. This story, a gentle narrative, is but one story to open readers’ eyes to the beauty and nobility of this marginalized breed of horse. Like Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, Meeting of the Mustangs is a powerful statement of how we all need to be taught over and over again “to be good and kind to man and beast.” (from Black Beauty)
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A Wonderful bedtime story Children and those young-at-heart will enjoy this story, as it's well written, and simply written. This is the perfect bedtime story, especially for little ones who love horses, wild horses at that. A young horse strays from his herd, and so the story begins. It provides a good story, motivation and some learning within the story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves horses.
AngRI More than 1 year ago
My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. When I was contacted about this book I was thrilled, if there is anything that suits my reading preferences it is horse books. I enjoyed following this little colt on his adventures from a young foal all the way up until he was a stallion. I would have liked a little more elaboration in parts, sometimes it seemed a little too short in the descriptions and it caused a little break in the flow of the story. I will also say that I found the black mustang to be rather mild mannered for being a wild horse, but in the end I understood that it was needed to bring the story together. This is a very enjoyable book for middle grader readers that love horses, I also like that this book is appealing to both the female and male readers. My Rating: This book kind of reminded me of Black Beauty or Flicka but it wasn't quite up to the same level, it really lacked the emotional connection that those books gave. I think that with deciding if the book was going to be written from the horses point of view or narrated, and sticking with it would have helped in this aspect. I give this book a rating of Three Paws.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
This is a novel that travels full circle from a memorable beginning to a satisfying ending. It delivers on the promise of bringing the reader into the world of horses. In the tradition of classics like Black Beauty, this horse-driven book, Meeting of the Mustangs, allows the narrative of a horse to determine the plot and emotions of the book. The use of personification by the author, Cathy Kennedy, is realistic and believable. The preciseness of writing keeps the flow of the book moving, yet delivers rich visual details for the reader to create pictures of the action in their mind. The story of the black mustang begins on the plains of Kansas and Colorado with the wild mustang herd of older horses and their foals. The conflicts from nature and man that the herd encounters are given empathy because the difficulties are viewed from the vantage of the horses. Life and death to the herd is determined by predators and unforeseeable accidents. The plot of the novel covers a lot of ground both geographically and from the challenges faced by the black mustang as he enters the world of humans in the Oklahoma area. The resolution of the horses’ journey leaves the reader with a sense of closure. The only character that is fully developed is the main character, a black mustang. This horse grows up in the novel, meeting one set of struggles after another until maturity is reached. The emotions and reasoning that the author reveals about this horse ring true, as well as logical, to the reader. Several human characters’ viewpoints are revealed, which heightens the conflict with the horse’s perspective on life. If the author’s intent is to create empathy for animals, then the character of the black mustang does just that. The novel does not deal with a spiritual aspect of life, but it does display the effect of life views of the humans that may relate to their relationships with God. The motives and the actions of the humans reflect on their beliefs. These glimpses into the souls of man from a horse’s vantage point are insightful. Review provided by Cleo, reviewer at More Than a Review. see the website for the book content ratings
Rayleigh More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. Fans of the popular Disney movie Spirit would absolutely love this story of a black colt as he goes through life as a free stallion across the wilds of the U.S. The storyline is adventurous and will certainly keep the reader's attention. The chapters are small enough to entertain younger readers with small attention spans but contain a good amount of substance. Though the intended audience is young teens and tweens, some of the content may be too emotional for animal lovers. To prevent spoilers, I won't say anything else, however this book can be equally as emotional as the referenced Spirit. Overall, Meeting of the Mustangs is an excellently written book and I recommend it to horse lovers between the ages 10 and 14. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. This review was originally published on Literature Approved (http://literatureapproved.wordpress.com)
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is written for the horse-lovers out there. It is told through the eyes of a young black mustang colt who is born into a pack of wild mustang horses. It documents his struggle against roving predators, dangerous traps, raging fire, being separated from his pack, and his number one enemy... man. You find yourself cheering him on and wanting him so much to find true friendship, that secure sense of belonging, unconditional love and peace for his life. This is a short read and I am happy to report has a happy ending with a twist that I love. The book is well written and the horse's character is well defined and believable. I love the brute determination build into his DNA of never giving up, pressing on against all odd and believing things will get better as he moves forever forward toward freedom. He emits hope. I felt that the story ended a bit suddenly and I would have liked a little more resolve as to how the horse's life changed for the better and how his relationship with a human evolved. It would have given more closure to me after getting so attached to him. It was a very well written book and I would recommend it for anyone who loves animal adventure stories. A sequel perhaps to answer my questions? I would read for it sure.
KtLBLy More than 1 year ago
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* This was a very short story but was very enjoyable. It’s a simple story about a black colt living with his family of wild mustangs. He grows up learning that there are many hardships out in the world and if they aren’t careful then one wrong step could be their last. There are fun and enjoyable times which I felt good and happy about and there are some difficult times and loss which I felt genuine sorrow for. One day the colt gets captured and sold at an auction and it is him trying to understand what’s going on, getting shuffled around to different families, and trying to find a way back to his family. If someone is looking for a very quick, easy read I would definitely recommend this. This is perfect for kids of all ages. It’s told from the perspective of a wild horse, which is never done so it was interesting to see how things would play out and see what his thought process would be and his understanding of the world around him. I do wish it was a little longer because everything was so fast paced but I still enjoyed it all. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.ng***