Monday, June 30, 2014

Runaway by Dandi Daley Mackall (Review)

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Starlight Animal Rescue (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (August 18, 2008)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414312682

I've run away seven times—never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that's why they call me a “runaway,” and not a “run-to.”

Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things “horse” until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents' farm—Starlight Animal Rescue—she plans her escape. But can an “impossible” horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she's always dreamed of?

Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

My Review:

This was a good balanced character and plot book. The characters were interesting and well developed. I felt bad for Dakota having been in so many foster homes. She finally lands in a really good one that runs Starlight Animal Rescue. They have their son Hank and two other foster children. They treat them like they are their own. Dakota is scarred and can only think of escaping again. She tries to set up a plan to runaway with an old "friend." She makes friends with a horse named Blackfire. Its the first thing she has really cared about in a long time. This was a touching YA book with a few funny moments too. I can't wait to read more books in the series. Recommended.

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