Meeting of the Mustangs by Cathy Kennedy

Meeting of the Mustangs
Meeting of the Mustangs by Cathy Kennedy
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (37 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

A black colt is born into a band of wild mustangs and soon learns that life can often be difficult. Follow his story as he goes from a free spirit to being captured for profit, and discover how one man gains the trust and extreme loyalty of a very special horse.

Animals have feelings, too.

As soon as I met the black colt in the first paragraph of this tale, I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to him and his herd. They faced so many different types of dangers throughout the year. It was interesting to see such a young horse reacting bravely in these situations. This wasn’t at all what I was expecting from a young colt, so it made want to know more about him. The more I knew about him, the more I liked him as well because of how much he cared about the other members of his herd. He was a memorable character for sure.

There were some issues with the ending. I don’t have a problem with stories leaving some things up in the air, but this one left a lot of unanswered questions about the main character’s life and future. It would have been nice to at least know if the colt was satisfied with how it ended. I was really enjoying the plot up until that point, so I would have given this book a much higher rating had it explained the last scene more clearly.

The strong pacing made it impossible for me to stop reading. I usually don’t think about what it’s like for a wild animal to survive out in nature. They have to stay aware of their surroundings every moment of the day. Not knowing what would happen to the colt and his herd next made this quite the exciting read as there was never a dull moment in their lives.

Give Meeting of the Mustangs if you’re a big fan of horses.

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