A Kingdom In A Horse Author:Maia Wojciechowska When thirteen-year-old David Earl first looks at Gypsy, the beautiful chestnut mare, he knows he loves her. But he doesn't dare let himself act upon that overwhelming feeling. After all, aren't al affections double-edged and terrifying? Hadn't David's adored fatehr - the most famous rodeo clown in the world - betrayed him? After his father had... more » nearly been gored to death by two bulls, hadn't he forbidden David to follow him in his career?
And so, when his father offers to buy Gypsy for him, David refuses, drawing back from the dangers involved in so large a commitment of feeling. Instead David permits Gypsy to be sold to lonely Mrs. Tierney, who lives on a neighboring farm. There David and Gypsy are brought together again and again until the boy learns he can no more shield himself from the love he feels for the hourse than he can continute to stifle his love for his father.
This is a moving story, superbly told by the author of SHADOW OF A BULL, 1965 winner of the Newbery Medal, which is awarded annually for the most distinguished copntribuition to American literature for children.« less