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The Boy on a Black Horse Paperback – February 21, 2010

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Grade 5-9-Horse-crazy Gray, 13, is drawn to a strange new boy who calls himself Chav. She sees him riding a beautiful black stallion, follows its trail, and learns that he is living on his own with his younger brother and sister. When the children become ill, Gray and her aunt (with whom she lives) take them in, but Chav is afraid to open up to them. He has run away from his rich, white father whose abuse killed his mother, and he clings to a romantic ideal of returning to the Gypsy life his mother once led. He doesn't want to trust non-Gypsies, but Gray and her aunt are weakening his defenses. His anger and confusion mount until he decides to kill the boys from school who have teased him and then commit suicide. Gray intercepts him and he breaks down and confides his fears. Springer makes these characters and their troubled lives convincing. Glimpses of Chav's thoughts written in his journal punctuate Gray's first-person narrative. Romantic young readers will be as fascinated as she is by the Heathcliff-like Chav and his confused siblings. While the ending is a bit too tidy, this is a satisfying and often compelling story with vivid, memorable characters. It's more of a psychological than sociological novel and should appeal to horse-story fans and problem-novel readers alike.
Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 6-9. When her new classmate Chav, a Gypsy, recites an original poem about "the black horse of anger," middle-school equestrian Gray is enchanted. Later, spotting Chav and his younger brother and sister on a beautiful black stallion, Gray follows them to an abandoned farm and learns they are abused runaways. The story line requires considerable suspension of disbelief. Among other things, it seems that Chav's father has got away with beating his wife to death. Rather than the word Gypsy, Springer uses the term Rom, which is preferred by members of the group, and she confronts such negative stereotypes as the roaming thief, but her physical description of the youth ("His fierce dark eyes looked wild") is exotic. Still, the restrained writing style, true-to-life dialogue, and smooth integration of the first- and third-person narratives create a convincing portrait of an abused child: his inner turmoil, lack of self-worth, and tremendous anger, with its potential to erupt into violence. Julie Corsaro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 09
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442413530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442413535
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Boy on a Black Horse" was FANTASTIC!!! Nancy Springer has a natural writing style, and the story was so good that I read the book all day. I really couldn't put it down! The characters had an impact on me, and I feel as if I know them!! This is a truly unforgetable book that is one of my favorites.
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A Kid's Review on January 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lisa
This book was the best! It was really good that I couldn't put it down! When I read it, it feels as if I'm right there in the book! Like I'm right there standing and seeing the whole scene. You have got to read this book!
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By A Customer on April 17, 1999
Format: Turtleback
Your heart stops. This book has the most amazing content of any I have read. It was much more then an honor. It brings out more feelings and emotions then you knew you had. This is a truely amazing book. When Chav goes through all his problems and pains, you wish along with Grey, the caring horse loving young girl, you feel like you are in the setting with the charater, and you seem to be swallowed by everything.
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By A Customer on November 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book deals with very real issues, but has kind of a surreal, fairy-tale-ish quality to it, probably because of the presence of a vagabond gypsy family on a black horse. You can just imagine them, riding away in the gray mists of morning...
The characters are well-developed and thought out, and the plot is intense, but thoughtful and moody.
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By A Customer on March 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book about 5 years ago, and I have still thought about it. I don't think I fully understood what was going on. But now I have!! I liked this book and you shoutl read it if you find these reviews intresting.
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Format: Hardcover
Books that make me not want to put it down are really great!!! I cried lots during this book and I think its top!!!!
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My daughter could not put this book down and was really able to feel deeply for these characters especially because she has no frame of reference for the problems or needs of characters so out of her reality.
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