Dante of the Maury River by Gigi Amateau
(Horses of the Maury River)

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One describes Dante’s meeting with a decrepit Appaloosa (the eponymous Chancey from the first in the series), and in the other, Dante provides a brief history of the thoroughbred breed and its future. Both struggle to fit into the story. Overall, compelling and skillfully written, but in this case, less would have been more.
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When Dante’s Inferno is born early, on a February night, there are already great expectations for him. He may be the grandson of the greatest racehorse in modern times, but Dante’s start proves a rough one, both in life and on the track. When Dante fails as a racehorse, he ends up at a Thoroughbred rescue facility run by rehabilitating prisoners before being adopted as a project horse at the Maury River Stables. It’s not easy for Dante to make friends—horse or human—but slowly horses Daisy and Napoleon let him into the fold, and a student named Ashley begins to work with him to learn dressage and jumping in hopes that he’ll find redemption as an eventing horse. Can Dante put his fears aside and succeed on the cross-country course? Narrated from Dante’s point of view, this is a story that animal lovers will cherish.
 

About Gigi Amateau

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Gigi Amateau is the author of two previous books featuring the horses of the Maury River Stables as well as Come August, Come Freedom; A Certain Strain of Peculiar; and Claiming Georgia Tate. A recipient of the Theresa Pollack Prize for Excellence in the Arts, Gigi Amateau lives in Richmond, Virginia.
 
Published April 14, 2015 by Candlewick. 321 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors.
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on Feb 03 2015

One describes Dante’s meeting with a decrepit Appaloosa (the eponymous Chancey from the first in the series), and in the other, Dante provides a brief history of the thoroughbred breed and its future. Both struggle to fit into the story. Overall, compelling and skillfully written, but in this case, less would have been more.

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