Secret Horses of Briar Hill review

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240 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
This book was everything I look for a middle-grade story. Magic. Tragedy. Beauty. Innocence…it was perfect.
The story follows Emmaline May who sees winged horses in the mirrors of the children’s hospital she resides in World War II era Britain. One day she finds an injured pegasus in the garden of the hospital along with a note from “The Horse Lord” with steps to take to protect the pegasus from what Em assumes is an evil horse out to hurt “Foxfire.”
The way Megan Shepherd writes this, it’s as if I am seeing the world in black and white and with each chapter, a little bit of color gets added in-a metaphor for the horrors of war and the innocence that is caught up in it.
What I loved most was we don’t truly know what was real and for some reason, I’m okay with that. This book is going to stay with me for a long time.

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