Robin: The Lovable Morgan Horse


Karen, 14 years old, is invited to go with her friends for an afternoon trail ride. Because her horse, Robin, is recovering from a bruised foot, Karen must ride Comet (known to be a bit rambunctious) if she wants to join her friends. On the ride, Comet gets spooked and bolts for home. Karen can't control the horse, who causes a series of chain-reaction events that ultimately seriously injure Karen. This is the story of how a family, friends, and a Morgan horse helped a frightened and traumatized young woman to overcome her fears and regain her physical and emotional well-being.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This book is about horses, horsemanship, and the challenges and rewards of owning and caring for horses. It is equally about teenagers, parents, peer pressure, friendship, personal responsibility, hard work, self-confidence, patience, and caring. The author has woven all of these themes into an extraordinary and enjoyable story.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. This is a well written, interesting, and wholesome story that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Young Reader Reaction

This novel was fantastic. An easy and fast-moving book, it was a pleasure to read. Not only are Feld’s descriptions vivid and moving, she paints beautiful characters who are realistic, complex and people in whom teens can see themselves. This story was very inspiring, and really developed the relationship between Karen and her horse. Girls who enjoy this book should certainly look into the entire series. Although the reading level is quite simple, I would recommend this book to anyone. It truly is fun to read, and took me to a whole new world as I was engrossed in Karen’s life and struggles. This book evokes a range of emotions, and draws in the reader 100 percent.

Parent Reaction

This is a great believable story that should appeal to teen girls. The story will more than satisfy anyone of any age who is looking for a good read.

Type of Book:
This is a chapter book for pre-teens.
Educational Themes:

Owning and caring for horses is fun and it is also a lot of work. There are many positive things teens can learn and enjoy about horses and themselves by learning to ride.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The primary audience is girls who ride or who think about riding as a hobby or sport. Still, the plot and characters are believable, and the story so wholesome the book will satisfy anyone looking for a great read.

Title Robin: The Lovable Morgan Horse
Author Ellen F. Feld
Publisher Willow Bend Publishing © 2006
Illustrators Jeanne Mellin
ISBN 0970900252
Material Paperback
Cost $9.95
Genres Coming of Age, Health & Wellness
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