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Paint the Wind (Scholastic Gold)

By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
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Editorial reviews

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.

Publisher's summary

A puzzling photograph, a box filled with faded toy horses, and a single fractured memory are all that Maya has left of her mother. In Grandmother's house in California, she lives like a captive, tethered by Grandmother's rules: no talk of her mother, no friends, no foolishness of any kind...until a shocking event changes everything.

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.