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The horse road
Harrison, Troon.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury, [2011]

Physical Description:
313 pages ; 21 cm
In ancient central Asia, thirteen-year-old Kallisto, a superb equestrian, and her friend must warn their families and protect the Ferghana horses from invading Chinese armies.
Reading Level:
1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.1 13.0 153375.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 9.4 19 Quiz: 58968.

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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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For girls who love the historical adventures of American Girl and the equestrian details of Canterwood Crest or Horse Diaries , this wonderful new series delivers both.

In The Horse Road , we meet Kallisto, a superb equestrian living in central Asia. On her way back from delivering horses to nomad breeders, Kallisto sees the Chinese army preparing to invade her city. Can she save her family and friends and protect the horses?

Author Notes

TROON HARRISON is an internationally published, award winning author, an editor, and a teacher. Born in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Troon was raised mainly in Cornwall, England. She holds degrees in sociology, primary education, and English literature.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Shy 14-year-old Kalli leads a privileged life in a small city in central Asia called Ershi. A talented equestrienne, she finds joy riding her beloved white mare, Swan, but dreads her arranged marriage to Arash and life without freedom. Then the Chinese army invades Ershi, seeking the famed Persian horses, and Swan is taken. As war intensifies and the city becomes increasingly isolated, Kalli must find confidence and use her wits and skills, as she embarks on a dangerous quest to help those she loves (and save Swan). First published in Germany in 2011, this engaging novel, set in second-century BC, features an appealing protagonist whose journey also becomes one of self-discovery. Densely descriptive prose, rife with historical and equine detail for horse-fiction fans, vividly portrays aspects of daily life and culture. Strong supporting characters include Kalli's brave, former-slave mother and her loyal, lively friend Batu. An endnote provides background on locales, events, and Persian-horse history. This is the first title in a planned trio.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-A horse race grabs readers at the outset of this novel set in ancient Persia, but it becomes secondary once Kalli and her friend Batu realize that the Chinese army is marching toward Kalli's village, endangering the lives of the villagers and Kalli's family's prized horses. Her mother is injured and her father is away, so the brave girl must rely on the skills her parents have taught her. She secures the horses, including her beloved mare, and musters up the courage to confront unsavory characters both inside and outside her village to save the animals. Kalli's character has the most depth, though readers will find her friends bring levity and warmth to her story and challenge her to take risks and grow in ways she may not have on her own. In the end, it is her mother's approval that is most satisfying to the young heroine. The writing feels forced when the characters and the scenery are introduced, but the rich storytelling, including descriptions of daily life and the landscape, and some impressive riding sequences, propel the action forward. Historical and cultural details are well integrated, as are facts about horses, and Harrison provides further information in the afterword. This novel, with its strong female protagonist and suspenseful sequences, may appeal to a broad range of readers.-Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.