Book Review

Mary Ohara
My Friend Flicka
DB26642

The classic story of an aimless teenager, a demanding father, and a spirited horse — now a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox

A daydreamer and a time waster, young Ken McLaughlin spends his days on his family’s Wyoming ranch with his head in the clouds, surrounded by endless blue skies, wide-open spaces, and beautiful horses. To his brusque, practical father, the boy is an enigma and a disappointment. Then one day, Ken’s life is filled with new purpose when he finds Flicka, a magnificent filly as wild as she is fast. Though the strong bond between boy and horse only fuels his father’s disdain, Ken’s growing love for his friend Flicka is changing him — leading a once-aimless young man down the path to responsible adulthood, forging a new respect and understanding between father and son, and inspiring a fierce loyalty that nearly costs Ken his life.

Through his intense devotion to the filly Flicka, a young boy, living on a Wyoming ranch, begins to learn about responsibility and gain a better understanding of his brusque father.

This book is a favorite from childhood. I originally read it in print (and love the movie, too), so it was nice to try it in an audio format. Sometimes, when you switch to audio, the narrator can really ruin a beloved story, but not this time.

It is definitely an early YA book. Every child that has ever wanted a horse should give this one a read. Boys will probably identify with the father/son relationship, but girls will understand the love of a horse even though it may never be tamed. There is a gradual change and maturity that Ken grows into that can only be seen at the end of the book.

If you are in the mood for a heart-warming read, this is the ticket. Otherwise, for adult readers, you may want to gravitate toward something a little more . . . shall we say adult.

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