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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub; First American Edition edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935279033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935279037
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,995,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This historical novel follows Casey, a 12-year-old transplant from Montana, as he adjusts to his new homestead in 1890s Australia. The transition is rough: Australia’s wild, scrubby brush is nothing like Montana’s open spaces; his family can’t afford another horse, so he rides a mule to school; and the boys there bully him mercilessly. One evening he finds a herd of wild horses and immediately feels a connection to a fierce, free-spirited horse he names Moonrunner. Casey’s visits with Moonrunner form a loose thread connecting the events of his life: enduring lean times, winning over the bullies, trapping with his father, working to buy his own horse, and so on. This slice-of-life story is short on plot and action, though Moonrunner’s capture by a rancher provides some tension at the end. Though the setting is well realized, the narrative and the characters are often bland. Still, Casey’s homesickness and trouble fitting in will resonate with young readers, as will his love for animals. This may appeal to boys looking for a tame western. Grades 4-8. --Krista Hutley

About the Author

Mark Thomason grew up in the High Sierras of California when television was only a slight whisper. As a young boy he listened to old-time radio programs such as Inner Sanctum and The Shadow, which enlivened his imagination. He also grew up with horses, listening to his father s stories of chasing mustangs in Montana. Stories and adventure have since dominated his life, and he has lived and worked in many places around the world. Mark currently lives in North Sydney, Australia.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever made an automatic group of enemies? Well find out how Casey deals with it along his adventures with a lot of horses he likes.

Casey is trying to run away from his horrible home at night when he is stopped from the sight of a horse. Back at home, he is sad to find a horse owner doing bad things to a horse. Casey turned into a horse superhero! When the winter weather came, he found his first beloved horse being captured by the mean owner.

A ton of bad things started to happen to Casey, and finally he ran away for an adventure which leads him away. This book is a great book and I highly recommend it to people who like adventure and horses. Please read MOON RUNNER and have a good reading time!
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By Treasure Karen on December 6, 2013
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I loved the Black Stallion series and this one reminds me of that but set in Australia. Casey's isolation, growth and hope captured my imagination and my heart.
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This book was a little bit bland, and the characters weren't really developed. I felt like the conflicts were a bit forced, and maybe unrealistic. If you're looking for a horse story, read something else. If you want a tame action / adventure book, then give this a try.
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