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Wild Thing (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 1) by [Mackall, Dandi Daley]
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From the Back Cover

"I have to have that horse. And I'll do whatever it takes to get her."
Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis loves horses-just like her mother did. But since her mom died two years ago, Winnie, her sister, Lizzy, and her father have moved five times. Winnie never cared much-until now. She has a chance to buy the horse of her dreams at an upcoming auction-but how will she ever earn enough money? More importantly, how can she possibly convince her dad not to move them to another town . . . again?

About the Author

Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide. She won the ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children s Book 2015 and multiple Mom s Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Children s Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children s Literature. Her novel My Boyfriends Dogs is now a Hallmark Movie. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.


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  • File Size: 1537 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (May 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050OFBUK
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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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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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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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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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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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Winnie is a young girl in a difficult time of life with her mother recently killed in an accident and father trying to adjust. Her love of horses gives meaning to her life, especially after she finds her ideal one. The problem is that it is uncontrollable and being mistreated by its owners. Her desire to own "Wild Thing" leads her through a series of experiences to a miraculous ending. A must read for young girls who share Winnie's love of horses. Even though I am a grandmother, I was entranced by this book and want to read more of the series.
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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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Wild Thing is the first book in the Winnie the Horse Gentler series. It appears to be aimed towards a tween audience but I think even adults would enjoy this book. I was surprised at the depth of emotions and spiritual lessons in this book. Winnie, her younger sister Lizzy, and their father are living in Ohio, having moved numerous times in 2 years after the accidental death of their mother. Winnie loves horses and can "tame" them, like her mother did. She sees a wild Arabian at a local stable and tries to figure out how she can buy her. There were some really funny moments and characters in the book. I especially enjoyed Lizzy, her lizard-loving sister, and Pat, the pet store owner, who would spout some animal expression and then promptly apologize to the animal. You have to read it to understand but I thought it was so funny. Everyone in Winnie's family is still grieving over the loss of Winnie's mom but Winnie feels personally guilty and responsible for her mother's death. She also believes her father blames her, too, and that is why he is so distant and emotionally cold towards her. Winnie was really struggling spiritually and emotionally...could God still love her? can He forgive her for her mother's death? Those are weighty issues for anyone at any age but especially for this 12-year old who feels alone and guilty. I liked how the the author includes spiritual nuggets in the story and appreciated that she uses Scripture to speak to Winnie. The only character I wasn't crazy about was Winnie's dad. His behavior towards Winnie seemed cold and his turnaround at the end was not quite believable. On a side note, the book contains a diagram of the parts of a horse, a dictionary of horse body/sound language, and a dictionary of the types of horses and other equine-related terms. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it for any tween and older.
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