Spirit Horse Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-16 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings

" This was one of my favorites when I was younger, and after a reread I still really enjoyed Spirit Horse. Great coming-of-age story. " said.

" I was surprised how much I loved this book. It was a great adventure, plus, there were all these fabulous quiet times when it was just the boy and his horse, learning to co-exist. Just enthralling. " said.

" Really enjoyed this one, a great read for younger horse enthusiasts who like adventure. More at " said.

" A straightforward adventure story about a group of Blackfoot horse-raiders in the 1770s. Nothing surprising or particularly suspenseful here, but serviceable for the historically-minded or horse-crazed. " said.

" This was a nice, quick, light read. I'm sure it would be better for younger readers... I had this book on my shelf for a while and had never read it so I finally decided to read it. It had a nice story and interesting characters. " said.

"I'm curious as to what First Nations / native historians think of Spirit Horse, especially as Ackerman cites both a Leo Pard (a Blackfoot who works at a First Nations museum and is presumably a good authority on bison-centered indigenous cultures) and the controversial Ruth Beebe Hill (who attracted the ire of the native community with her own writing) in his acknowledgements. Furthermore, some of the more cultural aspects of the portrayal don't ring true. Still, Spirit Horse is a guilty pleasure of mine, as Ackerman is a terribly good storyteller." said.

"Title: Spirit Horse
Series: -
Author: Ned Ackerman
Genre: Children's
Rating: 2.5 stars

This was an interesting read. I was instantly drawn to this book due to its involvement of horses of which I was a massive fan when I was younger. I must admit this one wasn't a favourite of mine and as it turns out I found it difficult to become interested in the book at first. It took about half-way through the book for me to finally find the interest to finish it. Apart from that, the ending was great and made it an enjoyable read.
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"I really enjoyed this book. As an adventure story coming of age book, this is an exciting tale. Can Running Crane find his medicine and prove himself a warrior? His encounters with Weazel Rider, the Snake people, a mamma grizzly, and food foraging lead up to the challenge of claiming the Spirit Horse as his own. How Running Bear reacts to these challenges and the teachings of warrior Wolf Eagle show his growing sense of manhood. For an understanding of the Blackfoot culture, or for horse lovers this book would have strong appeal. As a coming of age story it excels for young people age 9-15, especially young boys. " said.

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