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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: home, horses, adoption
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 15/Apr/2013
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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."


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