Runaway

Runaway

by Dandi Daley Mackall

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Overview

A new series by Dandi Daley Mackall, author of the best-selling Winnie the Horse Gentler series!
I've run away seven times—never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that's why they call me a “runaway,” and not a “run-to.”
Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things “horse” until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents' farm—Starlight Animal Rescue—she plans her escape. But can an “impossible” horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she's always dreamed of?
Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414312682
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Series: Starlight Animal Rescue Series , #1
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of numerous books for children, including Larger-Than- Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.

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Runaway (Starlight Animal Rescue Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
ANIMALLOVER0987 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. I read it all in one sitting it was so good!!! I rocommend it to horse lovers and the series to animal lovers too.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Dakota Brown is a foster kid who is constantly planning to run away. Even prior to arriving at Starlight Animal Rescue ("Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions, and where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong"), she is already plotting her escape. She loves to make lists, because they make her feel in control. What she doesn't yet know is that this family is perfect for her. They love Jesus, animals, and her. Speaking of animals, even though Dakota has never been around horses (she's only studied them in books), turns out....she's a horse whisperer. :) An abused horse she names Blackfire just may save her life. This is a great new series by Dandi Daley Mackall.
BookLover321 More than 1 year ago
Recently I sat down and read Runaway, the first book in Dandi Daley Mackall's Starlight Animal Rescue series. Having never read one of Mackall's books before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, even though I had heard a lot of really good things about some of her other teen book series. All in all, I have to say that I was very much pleased, and that this book exceeded my expectations. Runaway tells the story of Dakota Brown, an orphan who has a penchant for running away from the foster homes she gets placed in. So when she gets dropped off at the Starlight Animal Rescue farm, she has no plans of sticking around. Once she hears back from her friend in Chicago and formulates a plan she'll be away from this place for good. That is, until she meets Blackfire, a horse who just might be more afraid of life then she is. But will this horse, and the crazy cast of characters who reside at the farm with her, be able to soften her heart and show her what truly matters in life before it's too late? Wow, I have to say that I was extremely impressed with this book. Mackall definitely has a love for all animals, especially horses, and that truly shines through in this book. The way she describes the horses, how they act, what they smell like, and how a person feels when they're around them is truly amazing. I honestly don't think anyone can write about horses the way she does. So if you are looking for an enjoyable, faith based book for a young reader, I would most definitely recommend this book, because I know that whoever reads it will absolutely love it.
mommish More than 1 year ago
This book is about a teenage girl, Dakota Brown, who is a foster kid. She has run away from many other foster homes and before she even gets to the Coolidges farm, Starlight Animal Rescue, she has begun to form her plan to run away. At the farm she meets a runaway horse and they understand each other well. As Dakota works with the horse, which she renames Blackfire, she begins to learn about love, God, horses and why she always runs away. Another great read. This book also includes a bit Winnie the Horse Gentler, through e-mails that Dakota writes to the pet help line, which was great because I wasn't ready to let her go yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guys, this is really a great book you will love it!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book it was sooo amazing!! Its a true feel good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book! One of the best books ive ever read
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
Dakota Brown, a 15 year-old girl who has been in seven foster homes is on her way to the next one and has already decided she will run away. Turns out, this foster home is an animal rescue farm and Dakota takes a liking to a horse named Blackfire who she has an effect on. A new series by Dandi Daley Mackall, author of the best-selling Winnie the Horse Gentler series! I've run away seven times-never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that's why they call me a "runaway," and not a "run-to." Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things "horse" until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents' farm-Starlight Animal Rescue-she plans her escape. But can an "impossible" horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she's always dreamed of? Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong. My thoughts... Dakota goes through a lot and learns valuable lessons from this family, including two other foster kids. She learns to love and to be loved. I loved the warm characters, even the animal ones. The interaction between them is amazing. This was a very easy-to-read story for all ages, a nice story of transformation, not overly pushy with the preaching but a story that does lead to the love of God. I give it 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think if you like horse books then this is a great book. Their are big changes in the book. Its very good. I would recomend it for 8+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
W 200 pages fun to read
Cookie62 More than 1 year ago
It took me through some ups and downs emotionally, but definitely brought a smile to my face at the end. Totally enjoyed the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart warming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was going through the free books and I saw this and it looked really good. I'm not a real big reader. But I love horses. And when I started reading this I couldn't put it down! I have a big project coming up in school next 9 week called the "booksellers" project its worth over half of my grade and I'm seriously considering doing it on this book! This a great book I really recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give Starlight Rescue five stars because it's good for really any age, plus i love riding my horses and it gives you lots of true tips, it even paints a picture in your head and would be good for teachers if you like books about adventure and lies and the love of a horse and what people will do for such a creacher of a heart warming book that i will read again and again. But the only cons are it has no real pictures and it isn't in hard back. But it is up to you..... E.T.S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this is how it feels to leave a review...huh...FEELS AWSOME!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I just finished reading this and its really inspired me to do more work with animals. I am an eleven year old girl and I highly recommend this book.
BobRB More than 1 year ago
A fast moving book and a very good story.
wbarker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perfect for : Personal reading, Great gift book for child/young adultIn a nutshell: A gentle, charming book filled with learning opportunities, hope, faith, love and family. Once I picked this book up, I found it refreshing in its simplicity and it's faith-centered attitude. No pushy preaching here - but something a child/young adult/adult/parent can read and enjoy, while getting a sense of peace, happiness . . . and family. Dakota Brown has been from foster-home to foster-home, never fitting in, never staying long. She is brought to the Coolidges farm, where she meets a wonderful family who help her see that she might be able to be part of a family after all! It was great to watch Dakota make choices that affected both her and those around her. The families reactions always surprised her, as they put people above posessions. Throughout the book, choices are made, some good - some bad, and there are consequenses to help reinforce growth and learning.My Review:This book is about Dakota Brown, a 15 year-old girl who has already been to seven different foster homes. Now she is being taken to the eighth foster-home by Ms. Bean, her social worker. From the get-go, Dakota is planning to run-away, and plans to enlist the help of Niel, another kid who has been lost in the foster-system for so long he plans to leave for good.Dakota uses her list-book to help keep some sort of control of her life. The book lincludes many 10-Reasons Why . . . lists (Why I Don't Like. . . Why Horses are Better Than Cars . . . , etc).Ms. Bean feels that Dakota might do better with a change of pace, so takes her to Nice, the small community where the Coolidges live on their farm Starlight Animal Rescue. Dr. Annie and Chester "Popeye" Coolidge are loving parents to both their natural son Hank, and two other foster-children Kat and Wes. Each memeber of the family has a significant impact on Dakota, helping to ultimately help her make the best choices for both herself, and the family. Not everything in the story is perfect (which wouldn't be realistic). One member is fighting a serious illness, and one has ties to a troubled parent. Dakota makes many mistakes in her first two weeks (crashing Popeye's and Hank's truck, stealing money from the Pet Adoption canister), but through these mistakes, she learns valuable lessons and comes to learn that she has found people to care for, who love her for herself. Could this be the family she has secretly yearned for?Characters: I encourage you to come meet the people who cheer for Dakota when she successfully gets her driver's permit (she admits never knowing a time when someone has cheered for her, what can I say - I felt like cheering as well), who help her learn to be part of a team, who teach her to be responsible and care for someone/something else (Blackfire the horse has a special transformation that is entirely thanks to Dakota). The characters, both human and animal, are wonderful. Each has a personality that is used by the author to help with growth within the family. I truely loved each character.Story-Line: I think the story-line was great, especially considering the age group most likely to read the story, those around 9-12 or so years old. Kids will be able to relate to the characters' feelings and actions, even if they aren't a foster-child themselves. It will help kids to look at how their actions affect others, and that they can have a positive impact on people and animals through their choices and how they treat others.Readability: This was a very easy-to-read story for all ages. Even though it is written as juvenile fiction, it is all-ages appropriate. It made me smile and walk with a lighter step. Overall: A great book, written with a Christian influence (not over-powering, more inspiring and hope-filled). This is sure to be a favorite book/series for both kids and parents.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it Wonderful story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago