On the face of it, Mickey and the Plow Horse is another story about a boy and his horse - but in actuality it holds a deeper message and is about fitting in, isolation and loneliness, and two lost souls (a horse and a boy) finding each other and, during the course of their relationship, becoming greater because of it.
Twelve-year-old Mickey is a nerd and a loner, immersed in technology and outside of the usual circles of friendship (aside from the Internet, the only realm where he feels connected to the world - albeit, from a safe distance). His health struggles don't help matters, and when his parents decide to send him to camp, Mickey wonders what could be of interest there.
Plenty, it turns out: a beaten-down plow horse offers him a friendship others cannot, and as Mickey comes to empathize with something outside of his self, he also comes to form the kinds of emotional connections (even with an animal) that will lend to his entry into the world at large.
As marvelous things begin to happen, advanced elementary to early middle grade readers with an affection for horses and nerds will see the transformation happening - and will come to realize the power of acceptance, love, and what it means to be exceptional in a book that masquerades as another horse story but offers so much more....Continua