#1: Runaway, Starlight Animal Rescue   -     By: Dandi Daley Mackall
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#1: Runaway, Starlight Animal Rescue

Tyndale House / 2008 / Paperback

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Welcome to Starlight Animal Rescue, where problem horses are trained and loved, abandoned dogs become heroes, and stray cats become loyal companions. It's also where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

In the first book by Dandi Daley Mackall, author of the bestselling Winnie the Horse Gentler series, you'll 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? Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 6.88 X 4.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1414312687
ISBN-13: 9781414312682
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 8-12
Series: Starlight Animal Rescue

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A new series by Dandi Daley Mackall, author of the best-selling Winnie the Horse Gentler series!
I've run away seven times—never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that's why they call me a “runaway,” and not a “run-to.”
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.

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  1. Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    good book
    August 29, 2014
    Cassandra
    Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters. I have read a lot of horse-related books, and this is definitely one of the better ones.
  2. Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book for young horse lovers
    August 28, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Runaway is a heart-warming story about a 15 year old girl named Dakota. Dakota is a troubled young lady who does not easily trust due to being in 7 different foster homes. When her social worker takes her to the 8th foster home, Dakota with the help from friend, Niel plan to run away. However, things start to change for Dakota when she gets to her 8th foster home, which is a horse rescue farm. Dakota is crazy about horses and as she cares for a horse that needs her, she comes to realize how different this new foster family is. Has Dakota finally found a place she can call home? Will the horse she cares for survive and learn to trust again? I found this book to be very well-written and it is perfect for young readers who love horses
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great takeaways for young readers
    August 27, 2014
    i blog 4 books
    I've read books from three of Mackall's series, and I think Runaway might be my favorite so far! This book features a 15-year-old girl who is placed with a foster family who lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere. The family takes in kids and animals in need, which makes for some interesting happenings! The mash-up of animals and kids was great. And I loved that the story featured a normal (although sort of odd) family who truly displayed the love of Christ through their actions. Lots of great takeaways in this book. This was the first book in the series, and I would love to keep reading the series to see what happens with the other kids. [4.5 stars]
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding your place
    August 7, 2014
    jsrn18
    This review was written for Runaway - eBook.
    Wonderful book to help kids understand where they belong and that even though things may go wrong in life there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Its a great story for any child especially those who love animals but also a pleasant read for adults.
  5. The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Series for All Ages
    July 24, 2014
    HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    My 3rd grade daughters love Dandi Daley Mackall's "Backyard Horses" series and now that their reading level has improved by leaps and bounds, I was eager to preview this series for them. I really enjoyed the book, and I liked the theme. I'm considering using this series as some of our extra 4th grade homeschool reading for the upcoming year. The book is well-written, flows nicely, and has a wide variety of characters and, like I mentioned previously, a theme that will interest my kids. While the main character in this book 16, I believe preteens can also enjoy and relate to the series. I also like the foster theme and really love how the author weaves together the "foster" animals with the foster kids. The story felt real, touching, and heartfelt. This is something my children can relate to--their cousins have foster brothers and sisters and there are numerous foster kids who attend our church. This book would be especially great reading for any foster kids who need a bit of inspiration and encouragement, not to mention good, wholesome entertainment.
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