________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 10. . . . January, 2003

cover Night Horse. (Mustang Mountain Series #3).

Sharon Siamon.
Vancouver, BC: Whitecap Books, 2002.
127 pp., pbk., $8.95.
ISBN 1-55285-363-2.

Grades 7-9 / Ages 12-14.

Review by Christina Neigel.

*** /4

excerpt:

Meg suddenly remembered the gun. She hunted through the brush at the base of the rocky outcropping and came up with the rifle. "We shouldn't leave this here."

"My dad will want it," Becky said grimly. "He'll be back for you, don't worry," she told Chance. "He really hates people who shoot at wild animals."

She climbed into Hank's saddle. Meg and Alison handed up the struggling bundle of legs that was Windy's foal. As soon as she felt herself safely draped over the saddle and close to Becky, she stopped squirming.

"Good luck," Meg said.

"I still can't believe you're going out after that mustang," Alison whispered as she turned Sugar to mount him. "Why don't you change your mind?"

"I'll be all right," Meg promised. "It's Thomas I'm worried about."

"Take my advice," Alison said bitterly. "Never worry about guys!"

This sequel in the "Mustang Mountain Series" takes 14-year-old Meg and her two companions, Alison and Becky, back to the Mustang Mountain Ranch located in the Canadian Rockies. Upon their arrival, the three girls discover that one of their favorite horses, Windy, is about to give birth and that an illegal bounty hunter threatens the father, a wild mustang that roams the hills. When Windy escapes from the ranch, not yet having had her foal, Meg and her friends set out to find her and are thrown into an exciting adventure. Meg's ensuing experiences help her tap into a newly discovered level of self confidence and sense of self worth. She also meets a boy who helps her to understand her own abilities.

     Although this work is a quick and entertaining read for any horse story aficionado, some of the characters are a little cliché. For example, Chance Williams is a cowboy whose bravado and evident disregard for animals makes him the obvious villain in the tale. Nevertheless, Siamon has established a good pace and enticing storyline. Her characters do develop as the story progresses (although, somewhat predictably). Readers, particularly girls, who love horse stories will be drawn to this work.

     Night Horse can stands alone as a separate read despite its being the third book in a series.

Recommended.

Christina Neigel is the Instruction Librarian for the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC.

 

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