Monday, June 9, 2014

Wild Thing by Dandi Daley Mackall

Read the first chapter Here
Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don't always come as easily. Along with her dad and sister, Lizzy, Winnie is learning how to live without her mom, who was also a natural horse gentler. As Winnie teaches her horses about unconditional love and blind trust, God shows Winnie that he can be trusted too. Readers will be hooked on the series' vivid characters, whose quirky personalities fill Winnie's life with friendship and adventure.

In #1 Wild Thing, Winnie's fearful heart finally begins to trust God again as she tries to gentle the horse of her dreams, Wild Thing. This novel was a sweet book and a great start to the Winnie the Horse Gentler series. Winnie is very shy when interacting with people, but she absolutely loves horses. I loved how she compared people and their behaviors to horses, especially when the people in question acted little better than animals. However, I enjoyed seeing Winnie's transformation as she began to make friends, trust God, and pursue her dreams to help horses and (indirectly) people as well. The characters were very interesting and realistic with unique personalities. The descriptions were beautiful, especially of the horses. Overall, Wild Thing and the rest of the series are great reads for teens or young readers who love horses and a little mystery.

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