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A Novel by Lorraine Turner When the Spirit of Horse speaks to a ten-year-old girl through her dreams and calico patches magically appear as if from nowhere, the residents of Saddlecrest, Nevada have a genuine mystery on their hands. It's the story of how a girl ripped apart by divorce helps the wild mustangs torn from the range. Together they face uncertainties brought on by the decisions of others. Carrie's mom decides to uproot her from their familiar Jersey Shore home and move to the dusty deserts of Nevada. The move is as prickly to Carrie as the cactus beside her new home. But something mysterious greets her when she closes her eyes each night-like a winding path, her dreams guide her to the horses of the Calico Mountains. Are her developing psychic abilities bringing visits from horse spirits or is her troubled mind playing tricks on her? Her new friend Milla has nightmares of her own-she's the daughter of a government official known as "The Horse Killer." How can a few children make a difference to the plight of the foals snatched from their homes without warning? Like the tiny patches of cloth that adorn a calico quilt the clues draw them all together. Follow the Calico Horses as they lead us down the trail of adversity to the peaceful pastures found by helping one another.

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Great Read! Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail 31 mars 2014
Par Ariane L. Looker - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Calico horses and the Patchwork Trail by Lorraine Turner is an inspiring novel that deals with challenges affecting many children in America - divorce; moving away from loved ones; bullying; caring for each other; creating bonds between humans and animals and finding spirituality.

It is the story of Carrie who is uprooted from New Jersey and moved across the country to Nevada after the divorce of her parents. As Carrie struggles with her new reality and new life during daytime; at night her dreams bring her mystery. Wild horses are coming to her in her dreams, leaving messages and clues for Carrie to decrypt. She shares this connection to the Calico horses with her new friend Milla and best friend Shannon. Soon the trio embarks on the mysterious trail of the calico swatches of fabric appearing everywhere and their link to the beautiful horses of the Calico Mountains that are rounded-up and taken away from their peaceful habitat in an a brutal effort to control their population.

Through meditation and their strong spirituality, the girls sew the clues of calico fabric together into a quilt of life that leads them to overcome adversity and make a difference to the plight of the Calico horses.

Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail, delivers a strong social and environmental message to pre-teens. It brings awareness to the plight of American wild horses; teaching the reader how in the great web of life "we are one"; connected to each other; our slightest actions impacting each other. No matter how young we are, we can make a difference. In the world of books, "Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail" makes a difference.

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Fabulous read 22 mai 2014
Par Virginia Asbelle - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
As I read your book I tapped into my inner child who constantly loved horses from a distance but unable to have one of my own. It helped heal the old hurts as I embraced your impeccable love and spirit as a young girl on a personal path to enlightenment through horse 'tales'.
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It's enjoyable so far 7 juin 2014
Par Mike Imprixis - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I read many licensed IDW comics and saw this book advertised through my comic book store. I gave it a shot and so far, I'm hooked. It's a YA novel but so far, it seems like a good story to warm my heart, regardless of the age of the person reading.
and disappointment, while seeking out purpose and community 8 août 2014
Par Dana Doerksen - Publié sur
Format: Broché
New Book Review Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail by Lorraine Turner

Dana Doerksen,

Librarian Seattle Metaphysical Library

Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail by Lorraine Turner is a coming of age tale about the interaction between a group of ten year old girls, their families and the natural kinship of human and animal. A very balanced look at the struggle of the wild mustangs of the Calico Mountains is presented. Through learning about the horses the girls learn about themselves and their shared journey. There is a definite spiritual thread that runs throughout the work. The girl’s dreams, personal meditations, visions, art, and even the connection to the spirit of a beloved Grandmother and other ancestors are used by the girls to find their path and discover their connectedness. The girls learn to overcome divorce, death, bullying, and disappointment, while seeking out purpose and community. The girls come to understand that everyone and everything is inextricably linked, that We Are One.

Lorraine Turner is an artist living in the Florida Keys. Her own dreams and meditations are depicted in the book, in fact, a vision of the Calico Mountains and the plight of the wild horses that live there was the inspiration for the writing of the book. The method of meditation Turner practices herself, Sae-sii Meditation, is outlined in the book and is used by the characters as a way to relax, solve problems and connect to Spirit. Turner provides a way for young readers to experience the message that she received in her meditations, to come to the understanding that we must work in balance with nature of which we are a part.

It is encouraging to read a book that is directed towards preteen girls about the importance of the balance, and an understanding of the unity, of nature. This book allows young readers to see the internal struggles of girls their own age and gives them some ways to think about and deal with their struggles. I appreciate that the novel does not try to explain away all the mysteries that surround us, but just accepts that they are there. The girls are involved in drawing and painting, horses and horsemanship, dog training, quilting, and camping which will especially appeal to the 8-13 year-old female reader.

The story begins in New Jersey with ten year-old Carrie discovering that her parents are getting divorced and that she and her mother, Brenda, are moving to Saddleback,Nevada. Until her mother finds a job they are planning to stay at a Bed & Breakfast owned by her mother’s friend, Sam. Carrie is having a difficult time with her parents’ divorce and an even harder time leaving her best friend Shannon. When they arrive and start to adjust to their new lives Carrie and her mother learn about the controversy surrounding the mustang roundups in the Calico Mountains and the mystery of the quilt squares appearing randomly all over the B&B and around the town. Soon Carrie meets Milla, a local girl of the same age who rescues a newborn foal outside her home, and the two are soon inseparable. Their parents decide to enroll them both in a summer camp that focuses on horses and art. Carrie and Milla share information with Shannon back in New Jersey about the quilts and horses that become a prominent part of Carrie’s dreams and meditations. The three girls attempt to discover how the Calico Mountains, the plight of the mustangs, and the mysterious quilt squares are connected. By the end of the summer the girls realize that even as young as they are they can make a difference in the world. Shannon is quilting blankets for preemies in New Jersey and finds more volunteers for her project in Nevada and Carrie and Milla are working to help get the orphaned foals of the Calico Mountains adopted. Everything comes together like a patchwork quilt.

There are parts of the novel that I think might be unclear or confusing to a preteen reader. The book has a lot of young female characters that interact with one another and at times I found it difficult to tell them apart. I found that the connection with Shannon and her family in New Jersey to be a distraction to the main focus of the story. I thought the novel could have been a bit tighter with some editing of characters that didn’t really appear to add to the story, for example, Carrie’s pregnant Aunt in New Jersey or Shannon’s mother’s friend.

In general, Turner accomplished what she set out to do which was to bring the spiritual message of We Are One to a young audience through the conflict around the American wild horses of the Calico Mountains. While depicting many of the problems that young people often face she demonstrates that not only can they be overcome, but that young people can use their talents to direct social and environmental action.
Calico horses 1 août 2014
Par Clare O'Beara - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
This story of a girl who is taken from her New Jersey home to stay with her mother at a ranch B&B for summer, is hugely well intentioned. However I think it might benefit from some editing to make the point of the story clearer for young readers.

We see mostly from the girl's point of view as she adapts to the fact that her parents are divorcing, and worries about not liking Nevada, though her mother will be cooking at the B&B. The owner of the establishment gets many pages to share her thoughts about preparing breakfasts for guests with us. Why guests who want to save wild mustangs, eat bacon. Are there enough supplies, and sheets, for guests. So on. This will turn off young adult readers who may not read to the part - halfway - when a fantastical element creeps into the story. Up to now our heroine has been recounting odd dreams to her mother. But who cares, when there are wild mustangs to save?

A local girl finds an orphaned foal and the two young people bond over caring for the foal. We learn a lot about the plight of wild horses whose grazing land is overrun with cattle. We also learn about patchwork quilts. Now and then though we go back to the point of view of a best friend left behind in New Jersey, which just detracts from the intensity of the experience and slows down the action. I think the story is trying to work for both adults and young adults, but would benefit from being for one or the other.
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