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The Girl Who Ran With Horses [Kindle Edition]

David Michael
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's summer vacation and all 13-year-old Stevie Buckbee wants is to be close to her family again and to ride her horses--especially Jack Rabbit, her first horse all her own. But past tragedies threaten her plans before the summer has a chance to begin. Even as she discovers that she is somehow able to communicate with Jack Rabbit and the other horses on the family ranch, she finds she can no longer get through to her Dad and brother Blake. And what good is it to be able to run with the horses if no matter how fast and how far she runs, everything she knows and loves is lost?


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About the Author

Most days, David Michael is a software developer and a writer. Some days, he's a writer and a software developer. Other days, he's an amateur photographer. Because, really, who is the same person every day? David is the designer and developer of DavidRM Software's The Journal, personal journaling software for Windows. He has also designed and developed video games, and has written two nonfiction books and numerous articles about video game development. David lives with his wife and kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David blogs about writing at Guns & Magic: gunsandmagic.com You can contact David at: david@gunsandmagic.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Four Crows Landing; 1st Kindle edition (November 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E10WIQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend for Horse Lovers, Younger and Older December 4, 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm very impressed with this. The author has done a superb job of writing about a thirteen year old girl and her teen issues, feelings, and insecurities. She's a stubborn girl who must learn things the hard way while healing from her mom's abandonment, her dad's alcoholism, her brother's death, and the possiblity of losing her beloved ranch.

Very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching and delightful young adult read January 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
Stevie has just spent the school year in Tulsa with her aunt and uncle, and she's now headed home to Antler for what she's sure will be the best summer of her life. She's made plans to compete in every barrel race she can manage, and she's eager to see her older brother and her horses again. She's ready to put a recent tragedy behind her and focus on the fun and adventure that will comprise her summer. Unfortunately, things don't always work out as we plann. From arriving home a few days late (because her dad can't be bothered to come and get her), to a surprising new friendship and an unexpected injury, Stevie is quickly finding out that this summer isn't all that she expected. Maybe, just maybe, it's more. Along the way, she finds out some surprising things about her family, her horses and, most importantly, about herself.

In my review of another of author David Michael's books, "The Summoning Fire," (read that review here) I commented that I was sure I'd enjoy his work in other genres as well. Luckily, I was right. I delighted in this journey of a girl coming to terms with uncertainty and loss by ignoring all that makes her uncomfortable, and focusing on her dreams for the future. Along the way, she discovers that she must face her past before she can look forward to her future. She can't fully be herself without acknowledging that she is who she is because of where she's been. With her horses to help her cope in unexpected ways, Stevie matures into a young woman who is more whole, and no longer just a sum of her parts.

The writing is engaging, as is the storyline. The prose is very readable and perfectly combines maturity and young adult appeal to make it a good read for all ages. I must admit that I've never been the type of girl who dreamed of a horse of her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Emotion Filled March 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Girl Who Ran With Horses by David Michael is the emotional journey of Stevie Buckbee as she tries to separate herself from her past and the person she wants to be. After the sudden death of her brother, Stevie is shipped off to live with her aunt and uncle for the upcoming school year as her father tries to deal with the loss. Since Stevie's mother had previously walked out of her life, Stevie is left feeling abandoned. But summer break has finally arrived and even though she is filled with resentment, Stevie is happy to finally be able to go home. She has looked into all of the horse racing events in the area and wants nothing more than to ride her horses again and win some races. What should be a promising summer, quickly turns Stevie's world spinning. The Girl Who Ran With Horses is a book not only about coming to terms with normal teenage insecurities but about accepting who you are, even if that means you can talk to horses. One thing I enjoy is reading books from authors who challenge themselves by writing in different genres. I previously had the pleasure of reading The Summoning Fire, also by David Michael, which is completely opposite of The Girl Who Ran With Horses. Which is a great thing! I have nothing but respect and admiration for authors who can successfully pull off writing in not only different genres, but in genres that don't fit together. It's like having a hardcore horror author writing a baby's nursery rhyme book. David Michael has earned that respect and admiration as The Girl Who Runs With Horses is a delightful young adult book and one that I will gladly allow my daughter to read. Well, after she learns to read of course :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Who Ran With Horses January 30, 2011
Format:Paperback
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Stevie has just finished her school year--during which she lives with her Aunt and Uncle in Tulsa--, and she is ready for the summer. During the summer, she can live on the ranch with her brother, Blake, and her Dad. But, most importantly, during the summer she can be with the horses and in this summer she was promised she could barrel race. Can you imagine how excited she is to see the horses and, especially, her horse Jack Rabbit? She is sure that with Jack she can win one of the too many--this is what her brother and dad think, but it isn't that many--races she wants to take part.

If you think this is a story just about horses, that what I told you is the entire plot, you are surely mistaken.

We go ahead in this plot and learn more about Stevie's family. Her other brother who is dead. Her mother who is gone. Her father who is alive, but could as well be dead, at least inside. We learn how they cope--or not, in this case--as a family, and how to let go of the hurt. Travis, the best friend of her dead brother, is an excellent character, and I can't help but feel that, in part, she matured because of him.

The horses take an awesome place in this tale, especially with the thoughts. Her love for them is the only thing that is sure in her life, I think. She is tied to it and won't let go, and she needs to learn how to cope with disappointment when she's directed to it. This book--maybe because Stevie's age, she is just thirteen--is about growing up and maturing as a girl, as a family and as a person.

I was happily surprised with how good David Michael's writing is in a genre so far from the well written horror of The Summoning Fire.
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More About the Author

Most days, David Michael is a software developer and a writer. Some days, he's a writer and a software developer. Other days, he's an amateur photographer. Because, really, who is the same person every day? David is the designer and developer of DavidRM Software's The Journal, personal journaling software for Windows. He has also designed and developed video games, and has written two nonfiction books and numerous articles about video game development. David lives with his wife and kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David blogs about writing at Guns & Magic: www.gunsandmagic.com

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