Mending Horses
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Mending Horses

by M.P. Barker
Paperback | Pages: 320
Size: 5-1/2 X 8-1/4 | USD: $7.99
ISBN: 9780823440047
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Age: 10 and up | Guided Reading Level: X
Themes: 19th Century, Historical Fiction, Immigrant Experience
Recommendations: A*,K*,LMC,SLJ

About the Book

A poetic and critically acclaimed historical novel set in 1840s New England that touches on prejudice, dangerous secrets, and the true meaning of family.

Daniel Linnehan is an indentured servant no more. He has his papers, his beloved horse, Ivy, and a new direction in life. But in 1840s Massachusetts, a scruffy-looking Irish teenager wearing fine clothes and riding an even finer horse is asking for trouble. After innocent Daniel winds up beaten and in the constable’s custody, the peddler Jonathan Stocking takes him under his wing.

Billy, a young boy also traveling with Mr. Stocking, is not thrilled that the two must work together in a traveling circus. And when Daniel realizes that Billy is actually a girl in disguise, pieces of Billy’s troubled family life come to light. All too soon, past secrets catch up to them, bringing danger and heartache.

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M. P. Barker

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Mending Horses

Educator's Guide
Educator's Guide

MENDING HORSES and A DIFFICULT BOY Combo Guide

Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.
Educator's Guide
Educator's Guide

MENDING HORSES

Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.
★★★THE REVIEWS ARE IN!★★★

★ “Fluid writing and a true sense of history . . . raise this well above the usual. Barker’s characters are nuanced, difficult, and real.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ “Barker skillfully evokes the realities of class, racial, and gender oppression in the nineteenth century through a rich cast, lifelike setting, and complex, compelling plot.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“A story of grace and strength. . . . Well-researched.”
—School Library Journal