In my second childhood again (I was one of those little kids begging for a horse), I read My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara, which I'd always thought was a "little horse book for little girls." How wrong I was. Though it can happily be read by a child, it works on several levels. In the stunning backdrop of Wyoming grasslands, this story tells the tale of 12-year-old boy Ken McLaughlin, a rancher's son striving to win his father's approval. Finally old enough to have his own horse from the family herd, he goes against his father's wishes and chooses a yearling from questionable "loco" stock. A lovely book about loss, family, and an unbreakable bond between a boy and a horse. Recommended by Kelly.
The classic story of an aimless teenager, a demanding father,
and aspirited horse -- now a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox