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Review: A Horse Named Dog by Theresa Oliver

Title: A Horse Named DogA Horse Named Dog

Author:Theresa Oliver

Publishers: Write More Publications

Date of Publication: October 17/25th, 2015

Pages: 298

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This is a great read for anyone who enjoys stories starring a determined horse who determined but has some really strange quirks – like wagging his tail and generally behaving like the animal after which it is named, a Dog! Dog comes to the family farm to be broken and trained and immediately takes a liking to twelve year old Sam. However, Sam was with his Mum when a horse went out of control and attacked them both. He actually saved his Mum from further injury but she’s been severely injured. Sam finds it difficult to forget the sight of the rogue horse, Thunderer, galloping back to attack them and when Thunderer’s son, Dogs of War who is nicknamed Dog, comes to stay he really doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. Dog definitely had other ideas! Read this delightful story to see how the two get to know each other and develop extraordinary emotional links that help them work together to achieve a great deal.

This is an emotional story that will appeal to anyone who enjoys family stories with dramatic events, a heroic horse and racing. It deftly explores relationships and expectations whilst maintaining a high interest level to keep younger readers turning the pages to find out just what happens next. it is a story about overcoming fears, learning not to make assumptions and caring for animals in our care. Whilst targeted at pre-teens, the story itself is enjoyable to older audiences, too, IMHO!

Thanks to the author, publisher and YA Bind Book Tours, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.


Sam is a typical twelve-year-old boy who works on his parent’s farm, but is not as interested in horses as his horse-training family. However, he does his best to help out until an incident when he is riding with his mother. After saving her from becoming nearly trampled, his viewpoint changes … until a strange horse comes to their farm with quirks, earning him the name Dog. Dog likes Sam right away, but Sam wants nothing to do with him, as he is the son of Trumpeter, the horse that nearly maimed his mother for life. Sam has a hard time dealing with not only the memory of the accident, but the extra chores and responsibilities suddenly thrust upon him, one of which is training Dog. Because his mother is out of work and people are canceling orders, money is scarce. With the Indiana Classic coming up—a local horse race with a huge purse—will Sam be able to befriend Dog and save their farm, or will Dog go back to his present owner, never to be seen again? Find out in Theresa Oliver’s first pre-teen novel, A Horse Named Dog.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble


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