PW's starred review said, "Horse lovers or not, readers will be riveted" by Wilson's debut novel featuring a girl equestrian living in 14th-century Mongolia. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) r
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Grade 6-10AIn 14th-century China, an elderly woman tells her granddaughter about her early life on the Mongol steppes, beginning with the day a horse crushed her tiny foot, crippling the young Oyuna. According to her nomadic clan's religious beliefs, this incident brought bad luck to her and her family. Thereafter, she views any misfortune visited upon her family as her fault, even her mother's accidental death. Her one joy is her new white horse. When the mare is commandeered by Kublai Khan's forces, Oyuna dresses as a boy in order to remain with her beloved companion. When the soldiers discover her secret, they are anxious to get rid of her and quickly send her off alone to complete a mission for an injured arrow rider for the Khan. After an arduous trek, she reaches the Khan's palace where she is instrumental in halting a plague that is killing off the ruler's herd of white horses and meets the man whom she will marry. In the words of her own shamaness grandmother, she has learned to make her own luck. This unique coming-of-age story is steeped in the rituals and superstitions of the period and punctuated with graphic images of the harsh terrain and living conditions on the barren steppes, the treacherous mountains, and the gobi. The character of Oyuna, though a sympathetic one, seems drawn with a kind of detachment that makes it difficult to identify closely with her. Nevertheless, her story is an exciting one that will reward diligent, proficient readers.APeggy Morgan, The Library Network, Southgate, MI
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This book is beautifully written. The story of Oyuna, the strong female main character of this book, has you "pulling for her" every step of her journey. Read morePublished 6 months ago by P. White
My son is reading this as part of his homeschool curriculum (Sonlight: Eastern Hemispheres). He is enjoying it.Published 8 months ago by SuzyQ
This book is about a girl named Oyuna, her horse named Bayan and her cat named bator. When Oyuna was a baby, her foot was stepped on by a horse which means her family has been... Read morePublished 12 months ago by SJG
I read this as in elementary child and I just adored this book, I usually don't like books that I have to read for a class, but this one I couldn't put down. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mar
Captivating story of a girl and her horse set in the time of Kublai Kahn. Captures the essence of Mongolian culture of that era.Published 13 months ago by 3ofakind
My middle school girls and I read this as part of our home schooling. They loved the book so much I had to purchase this one in addition to the one in our curriculum so they could... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rob Irons
Lovely book featuring a 12-year-old Mongol girl who goes on a search for a swift horse to win the yearly races. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Almelle