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Wild Thing (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dandi Daley Mackall
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Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don't always come as easily. Along with her dad and sister, Lizzy, Winnie is learning how to live without her mom, who was also a natural horse gentler. As Winnie teaches her horses about unconditional love and blind trust, God shows Winnie that he can be trusted too. Readers will be hooked on the series' vivid characters, whose quirky personalities fill Winnie's life with friendship and adventure.

In #1 Wild Thing, Winnie's fearful heart finally begins to trust God again as she tries to gentle the horse of her dreams, Wild Thing.

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    About the Author

    Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of over 400 books for children and grown-ups, with sales of over 3 million, she has published with HarperCollins, Dutton/Penguin-Putnam, Harcourt, Simon & Schuster, Disney, Hanna-Barbera, DreamWorks, and many others. Dandi; her husband, Joe; their three children (Jen, Katy, and Dan); and their horses, dogs, and cats live in rural Ohio.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1537 KB
    • Print Length: 196 pages
    • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (May 13, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0050OFBUK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars WILD THING is a winner! May 24, 2002
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    If readers aren't totally interested in horses at the beginning of this book,they will be by the end of chapter one. Dandi Mackall triggers your interest in horses on the first couple of pages. The protagonist, Winnie Willis, loves horses--just like her mother did. In WILD THING, Winnie has a chance to buy the horse of her dreams. But she has a problem. How can she possibly raise enough money?And how can she convince her dad not to make them move again? WILD THING includes a page showing various parts of a horse, two pages of "Horse Talk," and a "Horse-O-Pedia."
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    31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars *Wonderful* March 20, 2003
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I have read all three books in this series,and so far their the
    Best "EVER!" I can't Put into words how much I love these books.
    I have trouble finding horse books that put God Related stuff in
    them.So I fell in love with these books.I am counting down days
    till "Unhappy Appy" book #4 comes out in April.I LOVE these books
    SO MUCH!!!!!!
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Thing February 24, 2005
    A Kid's Review
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I adore this book! I was hooked after I read it for the first time. I've read every one in the series, and can't wait until she writes more. This book has 3 very important ingredients to make a good book: God, family, and horses!

    You've gotta read this book!!
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it as an adult June 15, 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    As an adult with no children, I decided to give this a read just because it looked like a fun book that I could read quickly. I wasn't disappointed. One thing I dislike in Christian fiction books is a preaching style, and I didn't find that. Winnie relates to God honestly. She blames herself for her mother's death and while that is not the focus of this book, she comes to terms with that in the book. She deals with moving excessively, kids who aren't very nice to her or their animals, and even the fact her family doesn't have a lot of extra money.

    While it's geared at the age 9-12 age group, I believe younger children would enjoy this if they had it read to them (although depending on the child, you may want to edit about Winnie's mother dying.) Although the main characters are girls, there are boys involved to enough of an extent I think any boy with an interest in horses would enjoy this enough, but as we all know girls of the 9-12 age group adore horses, so while it's aimed at girls, I believe it's written in a style that would be interesting enough to boys.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! December 14, 2002
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I read some of Dandi Daley MacKall and loved them. I saw thi one in a store and thought I'd check it out. This book rocks! If you liked these books you should read Horsefeathers.
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars the BEST books ever written! August 20, 2004
    A Kid's Review
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I borrowed this book from the library, and I loved it so much I bought it the next day! They're perfect with God, AND horse combined.I now have all 8 bookes in the series, and I love them so much that I don't read any thing else.I bet it took a big imagination to create such uniqe caracters as Catman and Barker.I would recomend these books to ANYONE!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Intense emotion ahead! July 15, 2014
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is an older book for younger readers, but if you have a child in love with horses you might want to check it out.

    Dandi Daley Mackall packs a lot of emotion into this short chapter book. Winnie hasn't forgiven herself for events that changed the lives of her family, and that lack of forgiveness is reflected in pretty much everything she does. She's quick tempered, quick to judge, and rather rude.

    But once you understand the heart, you can help change the behavior.

    That's a lesson she learns when she encounters a horse named "Wild Thing". Seems both the horse and the girl need to learn about forgiveness, trust, faith and love. The book includes quite a bit about faith, but isn't heavy handed.

    Lizzy is an excellent supportive sister for Winnie, even though she's the younger of the two. Dad's a bit distracted trying to keep the family together But Dandi crafts a host of interesting and quirky characters to fill in the gaps and fill in the fun.

    I bought the e-book version to check it out for my oldest granddaughter, and I think I've found a winner! "Wild Thing" is the first in a series, and is published by Tyndale Publishing. Recommended.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.. December 27, 2009
    A Kid's Review
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I love this book, Mackall didn't exaggerate on Summer's 'evilness' as many authors are inclined to do and each Character is extremely original. The history parts of Catman's cats are awesome! who knew?

    Mackall clearly knows her horses and kept me dreaming of Winnie and horse Nickers for a long time, and I still do. God was helping Mackall write this book and they clearly triumphed.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Grand-daughter loved it.
    Published 8 days ago by Pat
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the best series in the world
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    I consider these books the best series in the world. I can't choose my favorite book of the series, they're so good. Read more
    Published 21 days ago by leah comeroski
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AMAZING
    I love this book not because I LOVE horses but its wonderful, I enjoyed this book very much I hope that you do to
    Published 26 days ago by Katie Dafforn
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
    Cute book for a young reader. Nice story. It is I book for a young reader. Nice story line. Good horse story
    Published 1 month ago by Renee Abernathy
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... a horse loving 11 year old girl who absolutely loved
    This was a gift for a horse loving 11 year old girl who absolutely loved it
    Published 3 months ago by H.vdn den Engh
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!
    This is my very most favorite book series!You have to read this book and the rest of the series! Also every book comes with an important lesson. Read more
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    Very well written
    Published 5 months ago by Sheila Reynolds
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wild thing
    I loved this book a lot it told me that it takes a lot of care and love to gentle a horse
    Published 6 months ago by great game
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great gift for my granddaughter who likes horses.
    Published 6 months ago by Nancy Wilson
    5.0 out of 5 stars The book is fun and interesting
    This is a audio book purchased for my granddaughter to help her improve her reading skills. Her teacher suggested that this would help. My daughter says this has helped. Read more
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    More About the Author

    Dandi won her first writing contest as a 10-year-old tomboy. Her 50 words on "Why I Want to Be Batboy for the Kansas City A's" won first place, but the team wouldn't let a girl be batboy. It was her first taste of rejection.
    Since then, Dandi Daley Mackall has become an award-winning author of over 400 books for children of all ages, with sales of 4 million copies in 22 countries. THE SILENCE OF MURDER is the winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery 2012. Recent picture books with Sleeping Bear Press include Legend of Ohio, Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story (Notable Book 2008 - Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People National Council of Social Studies & Children's Book Council; winner of the Angel Award, 2008; Winner of the "Award of Excellence" from Chicago Book Show 2007) and 2008 release, A Girl Named Dan (her own "batboy" story, and a lesson on Title IX), 2 Mom's Choice Awards & Amelia Bloom Award. Eva Underground, Harcourt young adult novel, nominated ALA Best Book 2007, starred Kirkus review, awarded a Top Teen Read by New York Public Library, finalist for Ohioana Award, was based on the author's experiences behind the Iron Curtain. Love Rules was awarded Romantic Times' Top Pick. Middle-grade fiction, Larger-than-Life Lara, Dutton/Penguin, which teaches how to write, while tackling the problem of bullying, is on the KY Bluegrass Award List 2007-8; William Allan White Award list, 2008-9; KS and KY Children's Choice lists. Her Winnie the Horse Gentler series has sold over half a million books and Starlight Animal Rescue is a Gold Medallion finalist. Dandi received the 2009 Helen Keating Ott Award for distinguished contribution toward promoting high moral and ethical values in children and young adult literature. She also received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2008 from the University of Missouri. Dandi is a national speaker, keynoting at conferences and Young Author events, and has made dozens of appearances on TV, including ABC, NBC, and CBS. Visit Dandi at,, and

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