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PREVIEW: Sundancer by Shelley Peterson

Published by • Jul 27th, 2007 • Category: Books & Writing, Previews & Reviews

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Shelley Peterson, the Canadian author of four young adult horse novels — Dancer, Abby Malone, Stagestruck and her most recent title Sundancer (no relation to our Sun Dancer).

Shelley will be here at Girls Horse Club for an INTERACTIVE VIEW starting Saturday August 18th through Friday August 24th. She’s a very interesting person who, in addition to being a published author, has worked as a television and film actress. When she’s not writing or acting, Shelley spends a lot of time working with her horses at Fox Ridge Farm.

Here’s a preview of Sundancer in case you’d like to read it before Shelley arrives:

sundancer.gifFrom the outside, thirteen year-old Alberta–Bird–looks like a typical teenager. She spends her days attending school, riding horses and helping out on the farm where she lives with her Aunt Hannah. But Bird is anything but typical. For one, she hears things that no one else hears, like the thoughts of the various animals she befriends. For another, she doesn’t talk. Although it causes some problems at school, and with the kids who come to the farm to train, Bird’s unwillingness to speak isn’t a big issue for her aunt. In fact, when a new problem horse arrives at the farm, Hannah realizes that the strange and silent Bird is the only one who can break through his defenses. But when Bird’s mother Eva decides to pay a visit–with a new boyfriend and Bird’s younger sister in tow–old wounds are opened and everything changes. Shelley Peterson’s Sundancer is a remarkable story about the damage that people can do to each other–and to the creatures that live with us–and the many ways that we can heal.

Check back as we solidify dates!