Welcome to Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today is Kathy's day to post a recipe for Pecan Balls, but I wanted to celebrate by giving away some books!
First up is a very-gently read HORSE DIARIES: BELL'S STAR by Alison Hart and illustrated by Ruth Sanderson. I thoroughly enjoyed BELL'S STAR (you can read my review here) and I think it would make an excellent gift for the upcoming holiday season. In addition to BELL'S STAR, I have a very-gently read copy of a MG/YA mystery book called SHADOW HORSE also by Alison Hart. I really liked SHADOW HORSE too, but I haven't gotten around to writing my review yet!
To enter the giveaway for both books, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me something you found interesting in Ms. Hart's Book Club Exchange Post. To increase your chances, you can blog and/or tweet about this giveaway with a link back to this post. This contest will be open until Friday, November 27th at 11:59 p.m. ET, and I will notify the winner the following day. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. or Canada mailing addresses only -- no p.o. boxes please. Good luck!
Summary: Vermont, 1850s Bell’s Star is a brown Morgan colt with a white star and two white stockings. He was bred for hard work, yet he longs to run free with his human friend, Katie, on his back. But when Star helps rescue a runaway slave girl, his ideas about freedom may change forever. Here is Star’s story . . . in his own words. With exciting and knowledgeable text and lovely black-and-white art throughout—both by real horse owners—Horse Diaries are the perfect fit for all lovers of horses and history! -- Random House Kids
Summary: Horses + mystery + rescuing abused animals = a triple crown of perpetually popular preteen genres! Thirteen-year-old Jasmine is found guilty of assaulting Hugh Robicheaux, the owner of the horse farm where she works. But she's still determined to prove that Robicheaux killed Whirlwind, the mare she loved. Jas is sure that Shadow Horse, a scrawny brown gelding she rescues at a horse auction, is the key to the mystery—but just how is Shadow Horse connected to Whirlwind? Deftly written by a teacher and equestrian who has authored more than sixty books, this heartwarming and inspiring Edgar Award nominee will have special appeal for mystery fans as well as young horse lovers. -- Random House