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Jess fosters animals and kids like Dream of Night and Shiloh for a reason she s a little broken, too. And as the three of them become an unlikely family, they recognize their similarities in order to heal their pasts but not before one last tragedy threatens to take everything away."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-05-17
- Reviewer: Staff
Alternating among the points of view of a damaged racehorse, an abused child, and the remarkable woman who brings them together, Henson (Here's How I See It--Here's How It Is) creates an affecting story about emotional recovery. Foster parent and animal rescuer Jess DiLima receives two new wards on the same day: Dream of Night, a "shell of a horse" she saves on a Humane Society run, and Shiloh, a 12-year-old charge of the state. Both are full of anger and resentment when they arrive at Jess's rundown farm ("And Shiloh knows. The black horse hates the woman. Hates her, pure and simple. And somehow this makes it better"). But over time, touched by Jess's unwavering gentleness and patience, they begin to trust again. Besides highlighting the connections between Night and Shiloh, Henson also sheds light on Jess's painful history, sensitively conveying why she needs the horse and child as much as they need her. The book's climax--in which Night's previous owner attempts to steal him away-- reveals the strength of bonds that have formed among the characters. Ages 8–12. (May)