Every little girl at some point in her young life wishes for a pony. While most of us don’t ever get our wish, at least we live in a world where such magnificent creatures exist. Can you imagine a world without horses? Jessica Day George creates such a city in her middle grade story The Rose Legacy.
“When orphaned Anthea Cross-Thornley receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, she wonders if she will finally find a true home. But she is shocked to learn that her uncle secretly breeds horses–animals that have been forbidden in her kingdom for centuries. More alarming is Anthea’s strange ability to sense the horses’ thoughts and feelings, an ancient gift called The Way. Confused and terrified, Anthea is desperate to leave, but when her family and kingdom are put at risk, can she embrace The Way and the exciting future it might bring her?”
This story is geared toward 8-12 year olds who love animals, have ever felt alone, or anyone who dreams of adventure. Jessica creates in Anthea someone every young girl can relate to with emotions that resonates.
There’s just the right amount of young attraction written perfectly for this age range. It warms your heart and makes you smile, while you fondly remember your first crush. The plot is unique, moving the adventure along. With a couple of surprises that will keep young readers invested hopefully for many stories to come. It will definitely have a permanent place on my little girl’s book shelf. –N.C.