The spirit of Connemara shines in four exciting novels about a girl and a foal during the time of the Norman invasion. In Book One, Lara, the kind-hearted daughter of a cattle baron, tends to her family's herd in the Irish highlands, where she rescues an orphaned foal. In a heated battle, both are kidnapped by a warring clan. In Book Two, as the foal matures, Lara becomes a competent horsewoman and decides to search for her family, only to find that her homeland has been destroyed. Book Three finds Lara back with the clan. Recognized for her great skills, she is traded, along with the horse, to Norman invaders. In Book Four, the series concludes as Lara finds purpose in training nuns to breed horses.
Captured by members of another Irish clan, Lara continues to protect the young filly, Dannsair, and ponders how they might escape together.
Nine-year-old Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. While she spends her days tending to the cattle, her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. When Lara goes to the highlands to set the cattle out to graze, she finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth.
Nine-year-old Lara is the daughter of the r?-the leader of her cattle-raising clan. While she spends her days tending to the cattle, her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. When Lara goes to the highlands to set the cattle out to graze, she finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth. Lara vows to take care of the foal as a dying promise to the gray mare, and with the help of a childless milk-cow, she cares for the spindly-legged filly. But just when she is confident that the foal can survive, a rival clan captures them both, and throws Lara's life into turmoil. When the filly is eventually given to a titled baron in the castle town of Athenry, Lara, determined to stay with the horse no matter what, goes along. Together, she and her beloved horse face seemingly insurmountable challenges, but all along Lara keeps two things in mind. One day, she will manage to flee, and will set off in search of the family that she was taken from. And she will not leave without her silver mare. .
Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. Her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. She finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth. Childless milk-cow helps her. A rival clan captures them both.
Margret and her sister Libby are living with Mrs. Fredriksen. Margret wants to stay forever, but not Libby. A sweeping tornado brings an injured horse. Margret lays claim to the horse, naming him Flynn, nursing him back to health, and teaching to ride. She has to convince Libby to stay so she can make Flynn hers.
The year is 1875, and twelve-year-old orphan Margret and her sister, Libby, are living with the kind Mrs. Fredriksen in her sod house in rural Littleton, Colorado. Margret would be happy to stay forever, but she knows that Libby, with her basic distrust of anyone other than Margret, will have them moving soon enough. Then a tornado sweeps through, bringing with it an injured horse. Immediately Margret lays claim to the horse, naming him Flynn, nursing him back to health, and teaching herself to ride. Now more than ever, Margret yearns for some stability in her life. Somehow, she's got to find a way to convince Libby to stay so she can make Flynn hers. Powerfully written and historically accurate, this is a great addition to the series that's tailor-made for girls who love horses and historical fiction.
Twelve-year-old Silence wants a chance to call Lily--a beautiful snow-white mare-- her own which her mother disapproves. Silence learns that someone has kidnapped Lily and begins to worry that if she doesn't do something drastic, she may lose Lily forever.
During almost four years at sea with her whaling captain father, thirteen-year-old Rebecca finds life both boring and difficult--especially when the ship is nearly sunk by a hurricane.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December, 1941. I just hope the war stays far, far away from us. Janey loves the beautiful trees, delicious fruits, and exotic mix of people on the island of Oahu, where her father has come to work at Hickam Airfield. But she's terribly homesick for her friends back in Kansas -- especially with all the frightening talk about war and rumors of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii. Then, on December 7th, Janey's worst nightmares come true. Japanese bombs and bullets shatter the early morning peace. Fleeing with her mother, brother, and Akiko -- the girl across the street, who barely speaks to her -- Janey is terrified for her father at the airfield. During the long, tense hours of worry and fear, Janey must try to find her courage. Will the war turn everything upside down? Will Janey be scared and lonely forever?
Palouse, Washington, 1943. Please god, let us win this lousy war soon. World War II has changed life for everyone in the little farming town of Palouse, Washington. Josie Poe spends long nights afraid that bombs could begin to fall at any moment. Her days are consumed with trying to find ways to help the war effort. Like most American kids, she is growing a Victory Garden, wearing clothes that are two or three years old, and saving up money to buy war stamps and bonds. But the harder she works to help the war effort, the more Josie Poe is ashamed of her older brother. Tom hasn't enlisted in the armed services, even though all his good friends have. Everyone in town has a loved one fighting in Europe or the Pacific -- none of the other young men were cowardly about their duty. When a robbery seems to involve Tom, Josie has to find out the truth about her brother. What she learns -- and what she does -- will change her relationship with him forever.
Heart is convinced that the old man from Castle Avamir can help her find her family -- the only people she dares to trust with the Unicorn's secret. But the old man has been taken prisoner by Lord Dunraven. Heart's search for the truth is leading her into the most dangerous place of all: the depths of Dunraven's heavily guarded castle. Heart's quest is nearing its end -- and what awaits her is beyond her wildest imaginings. . . .
Joined by Hiram the farmhand, Katie begins the journey west. At first, she is unsure if the Mustang will follow, but much to her relief, he seems to trust her. Soon, Katie and Hiram meet up with a large family who invite them to join their caravan. For the first time, it seems as though they might really make it to Oregon. But then tragedy strikes, and Katie finds herself having to choose between parting ways with Hiram, or abandoning her dreams of going west&150and giving up on the chance to return the Mustang to his homeland.
Katie knows she has come too far to give up. Taken under the Kylers' wing, she stays close to the Mustang and clings to her dream of finding her uncle. Then a particularly bad river crossing leaves their guide crippled and their group diminished. Knowing that there is strength in numbers, they join forces with a traveling circus troupe, and somehow make it to Fort Laramie.
With trepidation, Katie continues Westward with the Kylers. The mountainous terrain makes for difficult traveling, and they arrive in Oregon shortly before the winter snows hit. While the Kylers and the others begin the search for land, Katie's worst fears are confirmed. Her uncle is not there. Then she realizes that she has brought the Mustang home, and she cannot keep him with her anymore. Left with no family and without the Mustang to rely on, Katie must find her own way. . .
Heart Trilby has no family and lives in the village of Ash Grove. She finds a mare in the forest and names her Avamir. Avamir is in foal. The colt is born weak and disfigured. Simon, her guardian decides to sell the horses to be slaughtered. Can Heart find a way to protect them?
Heart must get her beloved unicorns to the safety of the Mountains of the Moon, but the Mountains are guarded by Lord Dunraven's men. It takes a miracle--but an even bigger miracle awaits her there.
Ellis Island, 1904. Still aboard the ASTORIA. February 12, 1904. I want to get off this cold, gray ocean more than I have ever wanted anything. . . . oh, how I just wish we would arrive and be off this smelly ship. The ship is nearing Ellis Island. Arriving in America will mean seeing her father again after two long years, but Nell Dunne is still miserable. The journey has been awful; the food is stale and the ship is filthy. Nell's mother and baby sister have been seasick off and on, and her grandmother's forgetfulness and confusion have gotten worse. And now Nell is worried about rumors saying the American inspectors at Ellis Island can send infirm, elderly people back. If Granny Rose is sent home to Ireland, Nell will have to go, too, to take care of her. Has Nell endured the arduous ocean crossing only to end up being separated from her family?
Rosa dreams of being a movie star. Then her aunt, a Hollywood make-up artist, allows her to take a look behind the scenes. And Rosa's illusions of stardom are shattered, until she finds a new dream.
Having been driven out of their home by fire, Sadima, Franklin and Somiss escape and seek refuge in the secret cave hidden in the rocks. Somiss, now exiled and desperate, continues to hoard the magic he is recovering from the ancient documents, while Sadima and Franklin struggle to contain his egomaniacal ambitions. In Haph and Gerrard's world, forced to continually endure the painful ordeals used to 'teach' magic, the boys come to an uneasy and fragile truce as they vow to work together to stop the evils of the academy. But their tenuous pact falters as they plot to destroy Somiss and the dark academy and set the magic free.
Adventure, drama, wild horses running free. The American West is brought to life through the eyes of the horses who were there in a new program of books inspired by Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the new film coming May 2002 from DreamWorks. Sierra is a feisty young filly when natural disaster separates her from her herd of free horses. Alone and struggling to survive in the harsh elements, she encounters another horse who leads her to a Lakota encampment. But can Sierra find a place with them without sacrificing her freedom and independence?
Unicorns are now free, but other magical folk are still in hiding--except for one faerie, Alida, who is a prisoner in Lord Dunraven's castle. That is, until she escapes and a fierce struggle begins. Alida fights to free the faeries from the terrible promise they were forced to make to Lord Dunraven--but Lord Dunraven is desperate to continue denying his people the hope they derive from the existence of magical beings.
Heart and her beloved unicorn Moonsilver must flee when Lord Dunraven offers a reward for Moonsilver's capture.
Moonsilver the unicorn is injured by a hunter's arrow, and Heart returns to Ash Grove for help from the village healer, Ruth Oakes. Rumors about Moonsilver raise new dangers for Heart when the lord of the village resolves to track down "his" unicorn.
Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A "magician" stole her family's few valuables and left Sadima's mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule.<P>When rumors of her gift reach Somiss, a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic, he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima's joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But Franklin's irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her, too, and she faces a heartbreaking decision.<P>Centuries later magic has been restored, but it is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. Hahp, the expendable second son of a rich merchant, is forced into the academy and finds himself paired with Gerrard, a peasant boy inexplicably admitted with nine sons of privilege and wealth. Only one of the ten students will graduate -- and the first academic requirement is survival. <P>Sadima's and Hahp's worlds are separated by generations, but their lives are connected in surprising and powerful ways in this brilliant first book of Kathleen Duey's dark, complex, and completely compelling trilogy.