The Island Horse

The Island Horse It s the early half of the th century in coastal Nova Scotia and almost ten year old Ellie is adjusting to the recent death of her mother But just when she finally begins to feel happy again Ellie

  • Title: The Island Horse
  • Author: Susan Hughes Alicia Quist
  • ISBN: 9781554535927
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s the early half of the 19th century in coastal Nova Scotia, and almost ten year old Ellie is adjusting to the recent death of her mother But just when she finally begins to feel happy again, Ellie and her father move to remote Sable Island, a tiny, windblown crescent of grass and sand in the Atlantic While her father works, Ellie explores the island, feeling alone anIt s the early half of the 19th century in coastal Nova Scotia, and almost ten year old Ellie is adjusting to the recent death of her mother But just when she finally begins to feel happy again, Ellie and her father move to remote Sable Island, a tiny, windblown crescent of grass and sand in the Atlantic While her father works, Ellie explores the island, feeling alone and furious with her pa for making them leave their beloved home Even meeting a spirited island girl named Sarah does little to dispel her anger and grief Then one afternoon, Ellie encounters a wild stallion grazing on the dunes, and slowly forges a secret connection with the beautiful horse she names Orchid But Ellie soon learns that Orchid and his family are threatened, and it may be up to her to save them Based on historical fact, this early chapter book is a touching exploration of loss and loneliness and the redemptive power of love and friendship.

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    1. Ellie is not quite ten when her mother dies and she lives quietly in Nova Scotia with her father. In no position to turn down work, Ellie's father still thinks long and hard about accepting the first offer he gets in months. This offer means uprooting his daughter from their village and friends, her school and home. To encourage Ellie to regard it positively, he tells her that there are wild horses on Sable Island. Ellie is fascinated by the idea of wild horses and draws them in her sketchbook. [...]

    2. I loved The Island Horse! Hughes has done one of the most difficult things in kid lit: she's created a "first novel" that really is kid lit. Not a cheap easy read that is really kid quick. The first novel a child reads is such a delicate, magical thing. To get throughthe whole book ! Fine readers grow from fine first books. But how to write such a book? The book has to be short. The language has to be simple. The story has to be straight forward. The characters have to be few in number.Clearly, [...]

    3. Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.The Island Horse evokes the works of Marguerite Henry, particularly Misty of Chincoteague, although the reading level is simpler and aimed at younger children. The book is set in the 1800s on Canada’s Sable Island, a long, narrow, crescent-shaped sandbar island in the North Atlantic about 300 km east-southeast of Halifax. Surrounded by shoals, the island has been the site of more than 350 shipwrecks over the centuries. Canada has maintained a [...]

    4. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.The Island Horse is a great story for horse lovers young and old alike. For those who grew up reading such books as the Misty series by Marguerite Henry or Black Stallion by Walter Farley this book will be a good read to reminisce. It is also good for young readers who love horses and it also provides a look back in history as the book is set on Sable Island in the early 19th century.The story follows ten year old Ellie a [...]

    5. Susan Hughes transports us back in time with her new novel, "The Island Horse".Ellie loses her mother to an illness and her father loses his job while caring for her. Life is difficult for Ellie and her father but coastal Nova Scotia is home and she can visit her mother's grave on the bluff. Then everything changes when her father finds a job on the remote off the coast of Nova Scotia. Sable Island, basically a sandbar manned to rescue sailors, passengers and cargo of the ship's that have run ag [...]

    6. Author: Susan HughesPublished by: Kids Can PressAge Recommended: 7-10 yearsReviewed By: Arlena DeanBook Blog For: GMTARating: 5Review:"The Island Horse" by Susan Hughes was a wonderful Children's book about horses and historical fiction. This novel will be dealing with tough decisions, moving pass loss and grief. with tought hardships and friendships. We find that Ellie has lost her mother and her father is now having to leave Scota to find a more stable job on the Sable Island. Now, Ellie will [...]

    7. This will appeal greatly to a particular niche of readers girls who love horses. Ellie and her father must leave their home on Nova Scotia to find work shortly after Ellie’s mom dies. They settle on Sable Island, a place known for both wild horses and shipwrecks. Ellie is devestated by her mother’s death and her abrupt displacement, but she finds comfort in a new neighbor and a wild stallion who befriends her. This one will be a huge hit with many of my middle grade students!

    8. What a lovely chapter book for second to fourth graders! Simply but eloquently written, it blends action with emotional substance and is loaded with island atmosphere. Horse-crazy girls will gobble it up.

    9. The author often repeats words or short phrases in groups of three. At least in this case, using the repetitious cadence of a picture book resulted in a chapter book that was quite boring, despite the inherent drama (wild horses, moving to a new remote island home).

    10. Since her mother became ill, Ellie's father has been out of work in order to take care of her. After her death, Ellie is trying to regain some happiness in her life through her friends and thinking about wild horses, but when her father announces that he has gotten a job in a rescue squad and is moving them to a remote island, she feels that all of her chances at happiness have been dashed. Sable Island, off Nova Scotia, was a desolate and treacherous place in the early 1800s, so Ellie is not th [...]

    11. When Ellie's father takes a job on Sabine Island in the early 1800s, off the coast of Nova Scotia, she is devastated since they must leave the village and friends she loves as well as her mother's grave. Fierce winds and waves asail the island, and fog often covers it so completely that it's easy to get lost. But there are wild horses on the island, and Ellie is drawn to one chocolate-colored stallion and his herd. Over time, the horse she decides to name Orchid starts to trust her. But the sola [...]

    12. Overall a sweet and heartfelt work of historical fiction. There were some elements that distracted from the wonderfulness of this book. The years in which the story takes place are unclear from contextual clues and the writing style and some word choices seem to attempt clarification, though unsuccessfully. I would've appreciated a brief introduction to the book cutting and pasting some of the same wording from the author's endnote. Chapter headers with approximate timeline (e.g.: August 1891) w [...]

    13. THE ISLAND HORSE by Susan Hughes is a wonderful story for young children who enjoy horses,and love. It is a story of grief,loss,loniness,wild horses, redemption,and a grieving young girl’s love of a horse. After losing her mother,ten-year old Ellie is moved from Nova Scotia during the early 19th century to Stable Island across the Atlantic with her father. She comes across a wild horse,she names Orchid,and finds a connection. “The Island Horse” is based on actual historical facts for the p [...]

    14. What a lovely historical fiction for all horse-loving girls age six (precocious readers!) through thirteen-ish.Or, if you're an adult who grew up a fan of the Misty of Chincoteague books or The Black Stallion series, you'll spend a nostalgic morning immersed in the sure-footed prose of Ms. Hughes and her winning young heroine Ellie.Bonus: You'll visit Sable Island (off the coast of Nova Scotia), shipwreck capital of the Atlantic, in the early 1800's. Fascinating history pairs with a sweetly (and [...]

    15. After her mother’s death Ellie finds comfort in her predictable life in Nova Scotia. The house she shares with her father is right next door to her best friend’s house, their school, and Ellie’s mother’s grave. Ellie envisioned living in this house forever, so she is devastated when her father tells her they are moving to Sable Island, a small, windy place hundreds of miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. Out of work for months, Ellie’s father finally found a job saving ship wrecked sail [...]

    16. I quick, easy read, and I enjoyed it. This book takes place in the early 1800s on Sable Island and follows the story of a young girl, Ellie. Ellie recently lost her mother, which leads her and her father to a new life on Sable Island. Ellie is reluctant to Nova Scotia and has trouble adjusting to life on the island until she discovers a pack a wild horses. One in particular she develops a bond with.I liked the characters in this book and found the simple plot refreshing. I looked up Sable Island [...]

    17. This is definitely a book for anyone who loves horses, or historical fiction. There are so many themes here; moving on when things get tough, moving past loss and grief, facing hardships, and most importantly, friendship. Ellie was a very believable character. You could see and understand her feelings. I don’t think I would have wanted to leave the only home I’d ever known, especially if my mother had been buried there. I enjoyed learning about Sable Island. I had never heard of it and so le [...]

    18. I happened to pick this when I took out other books in the same shelfbut so happy that I brought this one home.enjoyed entirely. and finished in one go (within a couple of hours). great literary piece. feels like it's among the classicsglad that this kind of piece exists in children's literature.I love you author!+_+

    19. Ellie's mother has died and she's sad. Then when she moves to Sable Island, Ellie finds a beautiful horse, and starts to love him. But when she finds out that the horse is in danger, Ellie realizes that she must help him. I love this book so much! It is pretty sweet. You have got to read it!

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