Joseph can sure enough get her back, though. The odds are stacked against him, but he isn't about to give up. He will face down deadly animals, dangerous men, and the fury of nature itself on his quest to be reunited with the only family he has left.
Because Joseph Johnson may have lost just about everything. But he hasn't lost hope. And he hasn't lost the fire in his belly that says he's getting his Sarah back-no matter what.
The critically acclaimed author of "The Honest Truth" returns with a poignant, hopeful, and action-packed story about hearts that won't be tamed... and spirits that refuse to be broken.
- ISBN-13: 9780545665773
- ISBN-10: 0545665779
- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- Publish Date: January 2016
- Page Count: 240
- Reading Level: Ages 9-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Gemeinhart (The Honest Truth) delivers another emotional page-turner in this gripping historical novel about 12-year-old orphan Joseph Johnson. Its 1890 in Washington State, and Josephs beloved horse, Sarah, has been sold by the unscrupulous alcoholic who took him in after his fathers death. Boy and horse have been bound together since Joseph was four, and with an unshakable moral compass instilled in him by his parents, he sets off on the horse traders tail, soon joining up with a Chinese boy, Cheng, who has a mysterious goal of his own. While the boys cannot communicate with words, their bond grows as they struggle against relentless disasters and crises, encounter virtuous and dubious characters, and perform some good deeds. Gemeinhart gives Joseph a voice authentic to the period and his upbringing (And it werent just the cold making em shake, neither), which initially takes some getting used to. While the heartrending ending is a little too good to be true, its well-earned by Joseph and will satisfy readers accompanying him on his unforgiving journey. Ages 812. Agent: Pam Howell, D4EO Literary Agency. (Jan.)