A Horse Of A Different Color

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
As I said it I glanced up on the barn roof and saw B.C. staring down, listening, his head cocked to the side. He stared at me as if he couldn’t believe what he’d heard. Something inside of me snapped and all my confidence leaked out. I felt like such a traitor.

Book: A Horse of a Different Color (Horsefeathers 4) by Dandi Daley Mackall, Concodia Publishing House, 2000

Genre: Realistic Fiction/Horse Story
Target Audience: Girls 13-17
Subjects: Greed, Price of success, Family Relationships
Summary: Scoop and the others have just been given a chance to make Horsefeathers famous. A boy at school who’s mom has her own tv show is interested in them and says that if they can break his horse of it’s many bad habits in a very short time, then he can get them a spot on the show. Maggie 37 is especially captivated by him and Scoop goes along with it. Soon they both find themselves telling little white lies, evading the truth and deceiving others. But if they don’t do something soon, the bank will shut down Horsefeathers.
Notes: Scoop once again has to look at what really matters. She is willing to pretend to be something she was not in order to save Horsefeathers, but deception comes with a price and that price is one Scoop has to think very carefully about whether or not she is willing to pay.  Relationships with family and friends also come in play in this book. Drinking and smoking are both mentioned as well.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

James 3:3,5 – When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.


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