Book Review of Lady Lucy’s Morgan Horse Quest
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Lady Lucy’s Morgan Horse Quest
Written by Karen Gross
Illustrated by Dianne Sunda and Debbi Wraga
Ages 4+ | 50 Pages
Publisher: Shires Press | ISBN-13: 9781605716121
What to Expect: Friendship, problem-solving, horses, quests, and inclusivity.
The latest edition in the Lady Lucy’s Quest series, Lady Lucy’s Morgan Horse Quest, is a story about teamwork, friendship, and making space for others, set against a backdrop of Old England that nevertheless subtly evokes the modern challenges of pandemic and social unrest.
Lady Lucy and her team are happy to be warm and comfortable together for the winter, but sadly, many villagers don’t feel the same joy. After a difficult winter, they suffer from cold, hunger, and loneliness. Then, along comes Sir. Winston, with a quest for Lady Lucy that may help her save the day. He gives her a gift of a magnificent horse named Morgan, and with it, a mystery: can Lady Lucy and her team use the golden key that Morgan brings with him to end the enchantment of the dazed horses?
As Lady Lucy and the others work to solve the mystery, they reap the reward of a deep friendship with Morgan and joy for the rest of their community. Lady Lucy is an empathetic heroine, modeling inclusivity and care for readers of all ages. Colorful and evocative paint and pencil illustrations bring the quest to life as readers follow the simple, accessible text. Along the way, they’ll pick up lessons about caring for others, being open to friendship, and working together.
Lady Lucy’s Morgan Horse Quest is a wholesome and enjoyable story for readers of all ages.
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About the Author
Karen Gross is an author, educator, and storyteller. Previously, she was president of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT, and served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the US Department of Education. Prior to that, she was a law professor for two decades, focusing on asset building in low-income communities. Currently, she is Senior Counsel to Finn Partners, specializing in crisis management. An expert in trauma and disaster planning and relief, she is certified as a PFA (Psychological First Aid) provider and teaches in a clinical certification program in trauma at the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work.
She is the author of a recent adult book on trauma released by Teachers College Press in June 2020 titled Trauma Doesn’t Stop at the School Door and a series of auxiliary activities to promote student success, all available at www.karengrosseducation.com. Karen resides in Washington, DC, and Gloucester, MA, home to some fish and lots of swamps.
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