NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Secret Horses of Brian Hill by Megan Shepherd

Delacorte Books for Young Readers
$16.99, paperback / $10.99, e-book
October, 2016
Fiction: Middle Grade
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"The magical realism is reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, Elizabeth Goudge, or a child's version of Life of Pi...Readers will love this to pieces."
Kirkus Reviews, Starred review

"Magical, terrifying, and full of heart. Open these pages, and ride true."
—Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

"A remarkable book. Astonishing."
—Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse

 There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospitalthe mirrors that reflect the elegant rooms once home to a princess, now filled with sick children. Only Emmaline can see the creatures. It is her secret.

 One morning, Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens and discovers something incredible: a white horse with a broken wing has left the mirror-world and entered her own.

The horse, named Foxfire, is hiding from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep him from finding her new friend, she must surround Foxfire with treasures of brilliant shades. But where can Emmaline find color in a world of gray?

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of several acclaimed young adult books, and The Secret Horses of Briar Hill is her debut middle-grade novel. Shepherd lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, two cats, and a dog. You can visit her at

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