Book Title: Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Mill City Press
Release Date: September 2021
Content Rating: PG-13 : It’s a saga about love, relationships, personal growth and adventure, set against a backdrop of endurance racing. A strong middle grader/pre-teen could read it.
A gripping journey of a young girl and a foal who are raised together in The Valley of Hearts Delight. Gallant and Gracie have a special bond, rarely seen between a human and a horse. Separated by a bad accident when Gallant is five, each gets a second chance of happiness pursuing the long-distance sport of endurance riding, neither knowing they are leading parallel lives. Will Fate bring them together again? Gallant’s arch nemesis, The Almighty Flash, threatens to destroy all that Gallant has worked for. His misguided ambition and greed, developed at the hands of an abusive owner, has created a darkness in his soul that turns to blind fury when his endurance career is threatened.
When I was younger my favorite books to read were the Black Beauty series. There's just something about the bond between a girl and her horse that can touch any heart.
As I read Gallant I was so happy to see such writing – with hopes that every little girl will have access to this heartwarming story. We follow a young girl named Gracie and her horse Gallant. However, after an accident they are separated. Will these two best friends ever find their way back to each other?
I loved every minute of this book! I've read a picture book by Claire – Bentley and The Magic Sticks, which was absolutely wonderful. I'm so happy to see Claire branching out into pre-teen/young adult books and am excited to see what she comes up with next! The pacing is nice and steady, and the characters are relatable. The plot is one that I fell in love with – I'm always cheering on the underdogs! If you are looking for an easy read and happen to love horses, drop what you're doing and pick up this book!
Huge thanks to iRead Book Tours and Claire Eckard for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review!
Award winning Author Claire Eckard combines her love of writing with her passion for animals to create memorable children’s books that are fun to read, but also include valuable life’s lessons. Claire grew up in England and moved to Hawaii in her early twenties where she married her husband of thirty-four years. Together they raised two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. Claire is inspired by her two Granddaughters Mila and Ella, as well as the beautiful backdrop of the Arizona mountains where she lives. Claire has a farm full of animals, and has spent many years as a board member and volunteer of her local animal shelter.
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