Runaway by Dandi Daley Mackall

Book description:

Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things “horse” until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents’ farm—Starlight Animal Rescue—she plans her escape. But can an “impossible” horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she’s always dreamed of?
Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

My review:

I really enjoyed this book.  It is aimed at younger readers, ages 8 – 12, but Mackall includes so many real-life problems that it is interesting for older readers, too.  In this book, readers get a glimpse into the foster care system and some insight into the thoughts and feelings of foster kids, particularly older foster kids.  However, it isn’t just a book about foster kids, there are messages of love for everyone.

I have to admit that I got a little teary-eyed at the end of this book.  The message of hope, forgiveness, and what makes a family is so good that it makes this a truly great book for kids.

If you are looking for a feel good book for kids, pick up this one.  You won’t be sorry.

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