Review Blog

Mar 15 2013

Red River stallion by Troon Harrison

cover image

Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN 9781408819364.
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. Red River stallion mixes the traditions of the American Indians with the English and Scottish settlers who helped settle America. It is set in the 1830's and revolves around Amelia Otterchild McKenzie, a half Indian half Scottish orphan. She cares for her younger sister and is taken in by members of the Cree tribe and taught to read by white men.
One evening, Amelia is rescued by a large red horse and it is this miraculous event that changes the direction of her life. The two girls set out for the Red River Valley, helping Orchid, the horse's owner, and hoping to find Amelia's long lost father.
The author uses descriptive language to draw you into the life and hardships of Amelia. It is highly recommended for girls, aged 12+, who are independent readers and enjoy dramatic stories. Set against the backdrop of a wild land, Red River stallion is a wonderful blend of history and a girl's search for her father and a place to belong.
Kylie Kempster

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Miles Franklin longlist 2017
Reading Children's Book Prize 2017
Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist 2017
Branford Boase Award shortlist 2017
Text Prize 2017
NSW Premier Literary Awards shortlist 2017
Aurealis Awards winners
YABBA Awards shortlist 2017
Stella Prize 2017
2017 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominees

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates