Liberty BiscuitPublisher: Trafalgar Square BooksISBN: 9781646011254Genre: Middle GradePrice: $12.95
Katherine Pearl Baker–“Kip” for short–is the only child on her family’s rural peach farm. She longs for a pet to ease the loneliness. Unfortunately, her father has an angry opposition to all animals–horses in particular. Why he dislikes them is a confounding mystery.
Hiding in the woods on the Fourth of July, Kip encounters a bedraggled donkey with one eye and a floppy ear. Immediately smitten and compelled to protect him, she feeds him biscuits and takes him home. When it is discovered the donkey fled an abusive owner, Kip’s father finally relents, reluctantly allowing him to stay.
Kip is elated when her grandfather agrees to help her foster the donkey, who she names “Liberty Biscuit,” along with two emaciated horses removed by the local sheriff from the same home, as the cruelty case goes to court. While caring for the animals, Kip’s happiness is overshadowed by a shocking discovery in a trunk in the family farm’s hayloft–a faded photograph of her father as a boy that reveals secrets long kept.
A court order to return the horses, and even worse, Kip’s beloved Liberty Biscuit, to the owner who had starved and beaten them, throws Kip’s world into turmoil. She knows she must find a way to keep them, or she will have betrayed the best friend she has ever had. But saving the animals means risking the complete unraveling of her family as she exposes the long-buried truth about a tragic accident and a hurt like she’s never known before.
Melanie Sue Bowles is the founder of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary - in operation for over 30 years, it is one of the most successful, longest existing facilities for abused/neglected horses in the US. She is also the author of three nonfiction books about the 100s of animals who have found their way to the safety and peace of the Proud Spirit pastures. Liberty Biscuit is Bowles' first work of fiction specifically for kids ages 9 and up.
A sweet read with an inspiring message. I’d recommend it in a heartbeat!Catherine Freese, Retired School Librarian
A Modern Classic… I loved This Beautiful Book.Larri Jo Starkey, Equestrian Journalist, Book Reviewer