Monday, April 5, 2010

Recommend Me (1)

So I've decided sooner or later I'm going to run out of manga to review, so I've decided to go and make Madness Manga Mondays every two weeks, and this one, Recommend Me hosted by The Neverending Shelf, every two weeks (alternating with MMM) on Mondays. There's going to be some more of these changes but I'll post about them later.

Rules & Or Description for this include....

Recommend Me is a weekly event in which participants will pick one of their all time favorite reads to share. This could be a book that your read yesterday or years ago.

To play along, grab a favorite read and tell us about it. You can include your thoughts about the novel, its summary, your favorite memory related to the novel... the possibilities are limitless. If you are up for a challenge, you can also include:
* Your review of the novel
* Links to others' reviews of the novel
* Recommending to a general group of readers or if you want to be extra daring, to specific reader friends

My  Recommend Me is...
Firehorse by Diane Lee Wilson
Firehorse by Diane L. Wilson: Book Cover

When fifteen-year-old Rachel is forced to move to Boston in 1872, she is furious. She is also lonely, for her beloved horse, Peaches, has been sold. But Rachel soon finds a horse that needs her, and needs her desperately: The Governor's Girl, a famous firehorse, has been badly burned. Rachel gets permission to care for the Girl in a stable behind her house. 
As she cares for the injured horse,Rachel dreams about becoming a veterinarian. But her father, a newspaperman, has very definite ideas about where women belong: only in the home. Father also has definite ideas about Boston's inadequate firefighting equipment, as an outbreak of suspicious fires erupts. To make things worse, horses everywhere begin falling ill — and it is horses that power the city's fire engines. Another spark might send the whole city up in flames. 
With cinematic vividness, Diane Lee Wilson brings the very real Great Boston Fire to life in this exciting and inspiring story of a strong-minded girl determined to decide her own future.

Firehorse still sticks with me even though I read it four years ago. I even featured it in a project in English this year on Feminist Criticisms, and wrote a play on it in 8th grade for a project. This story about Rachel turned on my vivid interest on Women's History and made me into the person I am today. I used to love horses when I was little so the book also appealed to me in that way. Rachel was a strong courageous character that deserved the great ending she received. She fought for what she wanted and got it.

Being a Historical Fiction book with Feminist tensions, I would suggest it to any reader that likes those two things. The book is also kinda a middle level reading, I mean I read it 4 years ago, so if I reread it I would probably finish it quickly.

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