I Am The Great Horse

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9780439821636: I Am The Great Horse

A thundering epic about Bucephalus, young Alexander the Great's fierce, fiery, battle-scarred stallion--straight from the horse's mouth.

"I am the dark horse, Bucephalus. I am no black beauty. I am a stallion trained for war." From the moment they dare sit on his back, the fates of Alexander, 12-year-old heir to the Macedonian throne, and Charm, a kind stable girl, are bound to the battle-ready steed. When the boy becomes king, Bucephalus helps his young master transform into a conquering hero. In a hard-won, nearly blind blaze of glory, they gallop from Greece to the golden sands of Persia to the edge of the known world. At their side, as ever, is Charm. This is their epic. Through the eyes of a horse, history unfolds.

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About the Author:

Katherine Roberts draws on her experiences of working as a racehorse groom to bring you this epic novel of Alexander the Great straight from the horse's mouth.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 6-10–This is a marvelous book, and much of its strength relates directly to its nonhuman narrator. Alexander the Great's horse, Bucephalas, is always ready to fight if another stallion challenges his position as herd leader; he dominates dung to establish his priority; he whinnies affectionately to his mares, and, occasionally, breaks free to make a foal with one. More importantly, he brings a somewhat nonjudgmental viewpoint to the life and activity of Alexander, screening the conqueror through a horse's norms rather than those of a human being. This viewpoint allows Roberts to narrate extremely harsh incidents of battle or execution as examples of the way a dominant stallion maintains control of his herd. For some readers, the most interesting side of the animal might be his ability, shared with the other horses in the book, to see ghosts, both human and equine. It serves to heighten the tension in several sections. A human viewpoint is provided through Bucephalas's groom, Charmeia, and the three share a horse bond that links them until Alexander and Bucephalas die. Charmeia's consistently kind and tender heart is an effective counterweight to Alexander's almost manic approach to life. Roberts has clearly done her research. Her Alexander is complex, driven, alternately coldly ambitious and warmly generous: arguably both hero and criminal. I Am the Great Horse is a rich, rewarding, and propulsive read that deserves a wide audience.–Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX
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