I don’t know what the pull is when it comes to horses and danger, but any story that combines them has me hooked right then and there. Dick Francis thrillers; Stacy Gregg’s The Island of Lost Horses and Darby Karchut’s Del Toro Moon; even the Australian World War I film The Lighthorsemen – it doesn’t matter what age range they’re aimed at, I can’t get enough of them.
Now there’s Vanessa Harbour’s Flight, about a young boy and his mentor leading several Lipizzaner stallions to safety during World War II. It has a likeable hero – and an even more likeable heroine, a Roma girl called Kizzy who forces her way into the expedition – vivid dangers, and it all moves along at a great pace.* I believe this is Vanessa Harbour’s first book. I hope she writes a lot more.
*And it has one of the best covers ever!