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From Publishers Weekly (11/6)
"Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press has bought world rights to author Darby Karchut’s Spanish Red, in which an 11-year-old boy learns his estranged father may not be the family villain after all, and that it will take one extraordinary horse to mend the hearts of both father and son. Publication is planned for Fall 2019."
~ 2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Silver Award
~ 2018 The Cybils Award Nominee
Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.
Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.
Serious horse power. Those skinners don’t stand a chance.
"This fresh and fun exploration of tough familial relationships, modern knights, and talking horses is sure to appeal to fans of The Ranger’s Apprentice and equine enthusiasts."
~ Todd Mitchell, award-winning author of The Last Panther
"Builds to a genuinely rousing climax . . .straight into my Top Ten." ~ Nick Garlick, author of Storm Horse