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Author: Laura Chester

Illustrator: Gary A. Lippincott

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Publisher: Willow Creek Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Turner Flint lives in a small house with her mom and big brother. Summer vacation is about to end, and that makes Turner sad. One day, Turner stumbles upon Glory, a delicate blue horse while going through the various toys in her bedroom. Glory and Turner venture to the enchanted town of Joya. Everything seems perfect. That is, until Turner learns about the Kermudgins, horrid beings who always find a way to ruin the fun. Turner grows concerned when she learns that these very self-centered being are going to invade her new-found secret haven, Joya. What will happen next? This is an illustrated fantasy featuring a young girl and her horse.

Type of Reading: independent reading, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 10 to 13

Reading Level: 6.8

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Teen 1: This charming book is perfect for parents to read with their children, as both parties will find themselves equally entertained. It includes wonderfully descriptive language, and captivating sketches that give the reader a visual interpretation as the key events unfold. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a whimsical, yet powerfully engaging story. Your interest in this amusing tale will grow as the plot thickens. This well thought out, witty story gets nothing but praise from this reviewer.
Teen 2: This book had more good bits than bad. I liked the outrageous ideas Ms. Chester had in her novel, though I thought some of them were hard to understand. For example, when trying to outwit a snake, Turner and the animals of Joya repeatedly said that Turner “had strawberries in her hair”. I wasn’t sure if they were referring to her hair color (red) or if she literally had strawberries in her hair. The author didn’t do a very good job of explaining whether it was true or just an idiom. I wish she had been a little clearer about that. Other than that, though, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes horses or fantasy stories.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: This is an enjoyable read that families can share together.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Parents will enjoy reading this as much as children enjoy hearing it.


Educational Themes: This is a fantasy story with life lessons for teens.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 6.8

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, fantasy, adventure, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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