THE FOREVER HORSE, by Stacy Gregg, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Aug. 17, 2021, Paperback, $7.99 (ages 9-12)
A gifted artist finds her muse in the form of Claude, a police horse in Paris, in Stacy Gregg’s The Forever Horse.
Maisie has always loved horses. She is also a talented artist. When the opportunity arises for her to study in Paris, her two worlds collide. There, in the heart of the city, Maisie finds the childhood diary of famous horse artist, Rose Bonifait, and meets the beautiful black stallion, Claude.
As the two girls’ stories emerge, tragedies unfold — both past and present — and Maisie realizes that she can’t begin to imagine life without her forever horse… —Synopsis provided HarperCollins Children’s Books
Stacy Gregg is the author of more than 20 “horse books” for young readers, and after reading The Forever Horse it’s easy to see why. Gregg’s personal passion for horses is echoed in her writing, helping both Rose and Maisie’s relationships ring true. Gregg’s writing is clear and easy, allowing the reader to quickly immerse themselves.
While there’s nothing about The Forever Horse that makes it extraordinary, it is comfortable and warm. There’s an ease to it that will push readers to seek out more of Gregg’s writing, and I can see her work being read and reread time and time again.
At approximately 230 pages, The Forever Horse is a fairly fast read that should appeal to fans of art, history and horses.
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