Hattie loves horses. She’s grown up around them and now works at a stable in her free time and feels completely alive while she’s there, especially when spending time with her favorite horse, Speed. When the owners of the stable decide that the elderly horse needs to be put down, Hattie knows she can’t allow that to happen.
Hattie and her best friend Delores, set off on one unique road trip. Mission? Set Speed free and allow him to be a real horse for whatever time he has left. They meet several different people along the way, horse lovers themselves, each taking a place in Speed’s ultimate story and in the girl’s lives.
Not simply a horse story, each of these girls are dealing with some serious personal demons, adding to the reasons that neither were sad to leave home. Those “issues” are blended seamlessly into the road trip/horse plot and leaves the reader loving both girls and wanting to see them both succeed in what they set out for.
This is a great book to hand to horse lovers that have outgrown some of the books written for younger readers. Also a great choice for a reader that loves a good character-driven novel.
Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger; $17.99; Random House Books for Young Readers; Ages 12+