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Mending Horses by M. P. Barker
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Jun 12, 2018 | ISBN 9780823440047

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★ ”Fluid writing and a true sense of historyincluding fascinating insights into early circusesraise this well above the usual. Barker’s characters are nuanced, difficult, and real, and so is her sense of horses. An absorbing look into a patch of past not often examined.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Barker’s deft sketches even endow most peripheral characters with individuality… Barker fashions a well-researched roster of circus eccentrics to serve as a colorful backdrop to Daniel’s slow flowering as a horse trainer and Billy’s pugnacious evolution towards contentment…The sideshow troupers, tragic childhoods, and near-fatal altercationsplus some gender disguisecould combine for a noisy novel, but Barker crafts a story of grace and strength.School Library Journal

★ ”Barker skillfully evokes the realities of class, racial, and gender oppression in the nineteenth century through a rich cast, lifelike setting, and complex, compelling plot.” —Booklist, Starred Review

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