Book Title: Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Mill City Press
Release Date: September 2021
Formats Available for Review: print- Softback (USA), e-book PDF
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating: PG-13 : It’s a saga about love, relationships, personal growth and adventure, set against a backdrop of endurance racing. A strong middle grader/pre-teen could read it.
A gripping journey of a young girl and a foal who are raised together in The Valley of Hearts Delight. Gallant and Gracie have a special bond, rarely seen between a human and a horse. Separated by a bad accident when Gallant is five, each gets a second chance of happiness pursuing the long-distance sport of endurance riding, neither knowing they are leading parallel lives. Will Fate bring them together again? Gallant’s arch nemesis, The Almighty Flash, threatens to destroy all that Gallant has worked for. His misguided ambition and greed, developed at the hands of an abusive owner, has created a darkness in his soul that turns to blind fury when his endurance career is threatened.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
Keep a box of Kleenix close for this one!
Gallant is a very touching story of the immediate connection of a very young girl and a newborn colt. After an unintentional accident, they were separated.
I love that his brook is in the "Voices" of the four key characters. It centers on each character's thoughts and feelings as well as overall events and other involved characters' conversations .
The author captures the reader's/listener's interest from the very first page and maintains that interest from constant interactions and events from that time forth. It covers several years in a Grandparent's life.
The book ends well, yet leaving the reader/listener with the anticipation of leaning more. It is the beginning of a series.
The characters all felt so real and the scenes were depicted in a way the reader/listener felt he/she was there. It "pens the door" for discussion on several topics. Although, I do feel the book would get better response if the cover were more eye-catching to us "browsers". Normally, I would have passed by this Cover Image and Title with out second glance. I am certainly glad I joined this tour to read it!
This is a highly recommended book for not only children, ages eight through 18 but also for family or group reading.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating
*I was gifted this book wih no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Through the Ears of a Horse
I don’t remember a time as a child that I wasn’t around horses. I was raised in England where my brother did gymkhana with his ponies, and I remember being allowed to sit on the pony in between events, surveying the world between its dark brown ears, not knowing then what a familiar view this would become to me. I progressed to riding a very short, round Shetland pony called Bubbles. He was aptly named! Bubbles would trot me around the English countryside and through the woods where I somehow felt more at one with nature when seeing it from the back of this short-but-magnificent living and breathing creature.
Not all horses in my life were destined to be as good to me as Bubbles. I have fallen off numerous times. I have been unceremoniously dumped along some of the most beautiful trails of the American West and done some amazing feats of gymnastics where I nailed some glorious, and not so glorious landings. I recall a horse called “River” who loved to throw a buck into all his trot-canter transitions. One day we were riding across the desert in Arizona, and he bucked harder than he ever had before, throwing me up and out of the saddle before I even realized that he was no longer beneath me. Somehow, I managed to tuck my legs underneath me, swing elegantly off to the side, and straighten my legs for a perfect landing while still holding the reins! It looked like I had been training on the double uneven high bar with the US Olympic team for the past year and a half. How I wished someone would have filmed that one! I also managed to fall off the same horse at a walk and fracture my tailbone. I wasn’t quite so proud of that landing.
Now I am older, I am back to riding a short horse, a mustang who very slightly resembles my childhood partner, Bubbles. He takes good care of me, and if I were to fall off him the ground wouldn’t be too far away.
Yes, horses have given me some bruises over the years, but they have also given me spectacular moments of pure joy, and the most perfect way to see the beauty of this earth. I wouldn’t trade my moments in the saddle for anything. I will be forever grateful for all the lessons I have learned from horses, good and not-so-good, and I hope that I will have many more years ahead of me to see the world so perfectly through the ears of a horse.
Meet the Author:
Award winning Author Claire Eckard combines her love of writing with her passion for animals to create memorable children's books that are fun to read, but also include valuable life's lessons. Claire grew up in England and moved to Hawaii in her early twenties where she married her husband of thirty-four years. Together they raised two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. Claire is inspired by her two Granddaughters Mila and Ella, as well as the beautiful backdrop of the Arizona mountains where she lives. Claire has a farm full of animals, and has spent many years as a board member and volunteer of her local animal shelter.
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