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About the Book
Book Description: Mary’s heart breaks over the pending destruction of a beautiful, but damaged filly. When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles. Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame. Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?
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"Full of warmth, faith, and love, this book leads through an engaging tale, which touches the heart and soul. (...) This is a beautiful story in so many ways. The writing is natural, drawing the reader into the world as if they'd always been there. The characters are kind, determined and just the sort of girls one would wish as their best friends. (...) There are many messages in this book, all wholesome and encouraging for the intended audience. The Christian values come across loud and clear while remaining natural. It's a gentle read, so there's nothing for concerned parents to worry about. The pacing is well done, and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting from beginning until the very end." - Bookworm for Kids
"I adore the artwork on the cover of this book. The colors are soft and beautiful. This is the kind of story that’s good for the soul." - Writer, Reader, Cautious Adventurer
"It isn't your typical story about a girl wanting a horse but instead starts with a disabled girl trying to save a disabled horse. She learns about faith, hope, and love with plenty of family around while trying to overcome diversity. Good job all around." - Java John Z
"Mary’s Song is a book full of challenges and sacrifice. Mary has her disability to overcome, fears of future and is determined to save the life of a young foal. It is a heartfelt book. This is a story of love that will engage your heart. Naturally girls who love horses will find this book very touching." - Stitch Says
"Mary's Song teaches about inner strength, friendship, and the bond of family. I highly recommend it for girls ages 10 and up." -Amada’s Books and More
"What I liked :
Simple language and consistent flow of the plot.
The book is 100+ pages but packs a lot of things in it. Love, death, healing after a loved one passes away, gratitude, hope, perseverance, humor,...
All the characters are well developed Not just Mary or Laura but also Mrs.Tate or Mr. Todd,..
The banter among the girls is refreshing not at all childish or girly. In fact its matured.
It is a beautiful book."- Grab the Book
"I loved this story. Great friendly characters that readers can connect with. Good horse story about love, friendship, and family." - Kay LaLone
"I think this book would appeal more to younger tweens, as the conflicts and resolutions seem appropriate and engaging for modern day kids of that age." - Mami Tales
"This is a delightful tale of two girls and a horse which is sure to delight girls from ages 8 to 15, especially “horse lovers”! the characters are well-developed and seem to “come out of the pages”into real life. the various background scenes are formulated well and easily visualized." - Rockin’ Book Reviews
"Susan Count’s writing is easy to read and I definitely recommend it for children and middle school readers. Mary’s Song is about of friendship, faith, heartbreak, love, and, of course, horses!" - Bound 4 Escape
"There is so much more to this book than just the heartrending story of saving Illusion. The healing of both horse and young girl finds a wonderful theme in their parallel stories. The backdrop is the 1950s, which casts a completely different light on what kids would be doing, how they would behave, think, and entertain themselves. I found it a refreshing trip back in time, back to when things were perhaps simpler in many ways, but harder in that medicine and science still had some developments to achieve. (...) This is an enchanting and moving story in so many ways, and young (and older) readers who are sure to enjoy it will also be delighted to know that the story continues. As the author says, “Saddle up and ride along!" - Word Magic