Springtime Of Khan

Friday, December 30, 2011

The horses were passing through the house when a voice, all too familiar, sliced through the evening stillness: “That’s my horse! She stole my horse!”

Book: Springtime Of Khan by Marian Flandrick Bray, Chariot Books, 1988
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Horse Story
Target Audience: Girls 12-16
Subjects: Friendship, Integrity, Relationship with family, Animal abuse, Showing love to enemies
Summary:  When Emily finds a horse that has been abused the last thing she wants to do is give it back to it’s owner.  When she finds out that the owner is the girl who has made herself Emily’s enemy, she’s even more reluctant. Since she can’t just steal another person’s property, she tries to convince her dad to help her buy the horse. But owning Khan won’t stop her troubles with Sarah. Sarah is still willing to go to great lengths to torment Emily. And that means that the danger is not yet over for Khan.
Notes: This is one of the two books by this author about these characters - a young girl, her brothers, father and friends. I have not been able to tell which one came first as they were both released at the same time and I currently only have access to this one. There are spiritual elements all through this book. Emily is a fairly new Christian but it seeking to do what God wants of her. She is reminded that she is to love her enemies but has a very difficult time doing this. When she needs wisdom or is in trouble she turns to God in prayer. There’s even a discussion about whether or not someone is saved and going to Heaven after death.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 5:44 – But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.


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