Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Dakota Brown, a 15 year-old girl who has been in seven foster homes is on her way to the next one and has already decided she will run away. Turns out, this foster home is an animal rescue farm and Dakota takes a liking to a horse named Blackfire who she has an effect on.
A new series by Dandi Daley Mackall, author of the best-selling Winnie the Horse Gentler series!

I've run away seven times—never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that's why they call me a “runaway,” and not a “run-to.”

Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things “horse” until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents' farm—Starlight Animal Rescue—she plans her escape. But can an “impossible” horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she's always dreamed of?
Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

My thoughts...

Dakota goes through a lot and learns valuable lessons from this family, including two other foster kids. She learns to love and to be loved. I loved the warm characters, even the animal ones. The interaction between them is amazing.

This was a very easy-to-read story for all ages, a nice story of transformation, not overly pushy with the preaching but a story that does lead to the love of God.

I give it 5 stars.

List Price: 5.99
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1268-2
Release: September 2008
Publisher: Tyndale

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