GIVEAWAY & Review: Gallant: The Call of the Trail (YA)
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Book Title: Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Mill City Press
Release Date: September 2021
Content Rating: PG-13 : It’s a saga about love, relationships, personal growth and adventure, set against a backdrop of endurance racing. A strong middle grader/pre-teen could read it.
A gripping journey of a young girl and a foal who are raised together in The Valley of Hearts Delight. Gallant and Gracie have a special bond, rarely seen between a human and a horse. Separated by a bad accident when Gallant is five, each gets a second chance of happiness pursuing the long-distance sport of endurance riding, neither knowing they are leading parallel lives. Will Fate bring them together again? Gallant’s arch nemesis, The Almighty Flash, threatens to destroy all that Gallant has worked for. His misguided ambition and greed, developed at the hands of an abusive owner, has created a darkness in his soul that turns to blind fury when his endurance career is threatened.
Gallant: The Call of the Trail is a totally unique kind of second-chance story. This wholesome tale showcases the undying love, loyalty, and devotion between a girl and her horse.
I sought out adventure stories when I was a young reader, and those that involved animals certainly upped the ante even more. This is a book that would’ve found a permanent place on my keeper shelves.
This emotional tale exudes a heartwarming air from the very beginning. Great-Grandma Grace and her husband Jack sit down with their great-grandson Thomas, to read him a very special book. In this aged and tattered book Thomas learns about Great Grandmother Grace’s early years. It is revealed that Grace was a legendary endurance rider and that her horse named Gallant was the first love that changed her life forever.
This is a chapter book for teens (but also enjoyable for adults who are young-at-heart.) It is full of emotion and pulls every string of my heart. Line-drawn illustrations scattered throughout the pages add a lot of charm and offer a sweet nostalgic atmosphere of days gone by. I’m pleased there are good, clean, wholesome books like this for young adults to enjoy. Gallant: The Call of the Trail is the perfect book for any animal-loving reader.
*Kudos to the author for donating a portion of the proceeds from this series to a worthy preservation cause. (The Western States Trail Museum.)
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. My review was not influenced.
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Award winning Author Claire Eckard combines her love of writing with her passion for animals to create memorable children's books that are fun to read, but also include valuable life's lessons. Claire grew up in England and moved to Hawaii in her early twenties where she married her husband of thirty-four years. Together they raised two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. Claire is inspired by her two Granddaughters Mila and Ella, as well as the beautiful backdrop of the Arizona mountains where she lives. Claire has a farm full of animals, and has spent many years as a board member and volunteer of her local animal shelter.
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