I'm Darby Karchut and I write about the magic and power of families, and powerfully magical families. Oh, and horses.
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Easier to carry the bad
when you’re mounted on a good horse.
A boy and horse could outrun all the sadness of this flat world. If the boy believed, and the horse was fast.
The sorrel knew he was swift enough to help the boy. He just needed open grassland and a light hand on the reins. He’d show Ol’ Mr. Grief his heels. Why, he’d run so fast that the wind would peel that sorrow right off the boy. Like a snake shedding its skin. Leaving it caught in the grass and drying up in the sun. Dust to dust.
All the horse needed was a chance.
Alex Nash dreams of being a soccer star. Or a graphic artist. Maybe both. But being a cowboy? Nope and no way. Not if it means being anything like his seldom seen father.
Then, out of nowhere, tragedy shatters Alex’s world, and when he thinks life couldn’t sucker-punch him again, it does. He’s forced to live with Roberto Nash, a father he barely knows. Or wants to know.
Until Alex finds out his dad has bought him a peace offering of a sort, one with a red coat, lightning speed, and a fighting spirit. A spitfire of a horse that just might heal Alex’s heart and reunite father and son.
Praise for ON A GOOD HORSE
"...for those who love westerns, horses, or soul-searching stories. Recommended for fans of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse or Kathleen Duey's Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron."
-School Library Journal
“A beautifully written, genuinely funny, and powerfully layered story of unexpected adventure, courage, and reconciliation.”
-Chris Baron, ALL OF ME and THE MAGICAL IMPERFECT
"A richly drawn and deeply felt story of familial bonds, and how they change and evolve over time, sometimes with the help of a spirited steed."
-Kurt Kirchmeier, THE ABSENCE OF SPARROWS