Award-winning veteran Kathleen McInerney brings to life the hunger for freedom that drives Pam Munoz Ryan's 11-year-old heroine Maya to seek out the important lessons about love and life that she's been denied under the control of her overprotective grandmother. The tone of McInerney's performance shifts into a greater solemnity as the narration passes back and forth between orphaned Maya and the perspective of the wild mare Artemisia whose destiny is linked to hers.
From the exacting snootiness of the members of high society who have constrained young Maya to the rustic twang of her Wyoming relatives who aid her in her journey of self-discovery, McInerney captures the spirit of Maya's adventure from sheltered naiveté to independence and strength.
A world away, in the rugged Wyoming wilderness, a wild mustang called Artemisia runs free, belonging only to the stars. In a land where mountain lions and wranglers pose an ever-present threat, she must vigilantly protect her new foal...until a devastating act separates them from their band.
Like a braided rein, Maya's and Artemisia's lives will ultimately intertwine. Together, they hold the key to each other's survival.
©2007 Pam Munoz Ryan; (P)2007 Scholastic Inc.
This was the first audio book that would actually keep my 11 y.o. daughter interested.
The story follows a young girl as she works through a myriad of adversity to find out more about her late parents, of who she remembers little. The author is quite knowledgeable in the ways of the equine and her writing imparts a lot of horse learning within the story, going as far as telling some of it through the thoughts of the main horse character.
It is well written, is fairly fast-paced and the reader does a good job with the different characters, without being too "hammy".
This is a great book for a 5 hr. car ride with a young (or old) horse lover!
We were looking for a horse book that featured a girl. Maya is a strong and smart girl, but she still has a lot to learn about life and relationships. She makes some mistakes and she knows it, but she learns to make the best of her situation. Meanwhile the story itself is one that draws you in from the very beginning and keeps you wondering what will happen next. I will be looking for more by this author.
My 3rd grade horse-loving daughter listened to this book first and encouraged me to listen as well.
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