The Girl Who Remembered Horses by Linda Benson

21 Jan

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the USA! I wanted to share my favorite MLK quote with you –

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is also my sister’s ninth birthday!


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I also have off of school! 😉


The Girl Who Remembered Horses

By Linda Benson

182 pages – ages 9+

Published by Musa Publishing on November 2, 2011

Sahara kept having dreams of horses. She dreams of riding them and how horses and human work together. She is told to forget about such silliness. Sahara lives in the future, past the Dark Days, and no one has ever ridden a horse. Horses are hunted and used as food. Sahara lives in the Trader’s Clan, people who find goods and trade them with other clans. When visiting the Gardener’s Camp, the Keeper of the Books gives Sahara an ancient book that has pictures of people riding horses. Sahara now knows that her dreams are real. Soon after finding the book, she saves a hurt horse from a group of hunters and tries to help it , but it escapes. Later, Sahara finds a dying horse and has to battle wild dogs to try to save the horse’s foal. Sahara is determined to raise the foal, but can she convince her clan that horses are more than just food?

This was an awesome dystopian book. I know a lot of people love horses and I think they will LOVE this book. I like horses, but I don’t think I am a huge fan and I LOVED this book too because it was written really well and it is a great adventure. The characters were original and I loved the dystopian world Ms. Benson created. I like Sahara. She is nice, smart and she perseveres. I thought the book ended a bit too soon, but maybe Ms. Benson is thinking of a second book (I hope). The book is a clean read for young advanced readers.

I give “The Girl Who Remembered Horses” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Benson  and her books, please visit her website by clicking HERE, follow her on Facebook HERE or on Twitter HERE.

44 Responses to “The Girl Who Remembered Horses by Linda Benson”

  1. ontheplumtree January 21, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Amazing! A beautiful message. Happy birthday also to Josie


  2. Pat Brisson January 21, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Nice review, Erik, and thanks for sharing the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote. Enjoy your day off and tell Josie I wish her a year full of lots of pleasant surprises.


  3. Kirsten Larson January 21, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    A big happy birthday to Josie! And have a wonderful MLK Day.


  4. Lori Grusin Degman January 21, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    The Girl Who Remembered Horses sounds like a great book, Erik! Thanks so much for sharing the Martin Luther King quote – I love it! Tell Josie I wish her a very happy birthday!!


  5. Joanna January 21, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Wow, it is interesting that it is Dystopian as it reminds me of an adult stone age series I loved.

    A big happy birthday to Josie!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Well, it says that humans used to live in big groups in places called “Nu-york, She-caw-go, and Baws-ton”. 😉


  6. Robyn Campbell January 21, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Happy birthday Josie! My hubby’s birthday is today too.

    This book sounds right up my alley. I cannot wait to get it into my hands. Thanks, Erik. I’m not a big fan of dystopian (though my former crit partner has three dystopian books out) but I’ll read this just because of the horses. Have a great day! 🙂


  7. Katrina January 21, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    That is one of my favorite MLK Jr quotes too! Thanks for sharing it. Great review!


  8. Catherine Johnson January 21, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Happy Birthday, Josie! Great quote and the book sounds great too! Enjoy your day off!


  9. Michelle Isenhoff January 21, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I have today off school, too, yeah! (Snow day. We don’t have the holiday off.) I have tremendous respect for Dr. King. He reminds me very much of Frederick Douglass.

    This book looks like something my daughter would LOVE. And I’ll make sure A Girl Named Jack sees this one! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      At least you have off school! I was thinking of putting “… I recommend this book to kids 9+ and the Girl Named Jack” but decided not to. 😉


  10. Angela Brown January 21, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I know of a few horse lovers who would probably LOVE this book. Thanks for the review. Happy Birthday to your sister as well and I really like the quote you chose from MLK. Very appropriate in our days and times.


  11. Beth Stilborn January 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Happy happy birthday to Josie! Thank you for sharing that MLK quote. He has been my hero for nearly all my life. And thirdly, what a great-sounding book! Thanks, Erik!


  12. julie rowan zoch January 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Josie! I just sent her something via your email!


  13. Patricia Tilton January 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Josie! Hopes she has a great day — as today is a great day!

    I love horses and this one really captured my interest! Great review.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 23, 2013 at 7:14 am #

      Thank you Ms. Tilton! Josie had a fun birthday. We made cupcakes for her party. I really enjoyed this book because of the world that Ms. Benson created. I think people who like horses would like the book too!


  14. Lynn A. Davidson January 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    What a wonderful quote and way to live one’s life. This book looks interesting; HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Josie; enjoy the day, Erik! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 23, 2013 at 7:14 am #

      Thank you Ms. Davidson! I think everyone should live their lives like the quote says. 🙂


  15. thegirlnamedjack January 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    That does sound like a very good book. 🙂


  16. KidLitReviews January 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    I love the quote you posted. If only the entire world felt this way and lived it out. Now that would be a dystopian world I would love to live in. 🙂


  17. Grade ONEderful January 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Sounds like a fabulous book. I think a friend who teaches Grade 6 will want to hear about that one.
    Happy birthday to your sister … and a day off school! Yeah!!


  18. Susanna Leonard Hill January 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Josie! Happy MLK Day and day off school to you both 🙂 This book sounds really good, Erik. I confess – I’m in the horse-lovers camp – so I’m drawn by that aspect… although i might have a hard time with parts where they’re eating horses… but the story sound really interesting!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 23, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      It doesn’t talk graphically about eating the horses, but just point out that they are a good source of meat (EW!) I think that you would like the book because it shows how great horses are. Thanks Ms. Hill!


  19. Darlene January 22, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    My dad was a cowboy rancher and we always had horses although I didn’t ride them much. This sounds like a wonderful story for boys and girls. Happy Birthday Josie! I hope she had a great day.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 23, 2013 at 7:18 am #

      That’s cool your dad was a cowboy! Josie did have a fun birthday 🙂 Thanks Ms. Foster!


  20. jama January 22, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Sounds like a great read! Love your MLK quote, and Happy Belated Birthday to Josie! 🙂


  21. Myra GB January 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Happy Birthday Josie! 9 is such a lovely age. 🙂 Love love love the quote too – all we need is love (err…. that’s Beatles, right? ;)). Reading through your review reminded me of my daughter’s fairly recent read from school, she must have been in 4th grade, Misty of Chincoteague. 🙂 I am intrigued when you mentioned that this was a dystopian book. Sounds like a good concept. 🙂



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