Each book in the True Horse Stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, and each animal is, in his or her own way, a hero.
PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over the Goodwin property, it took with it the fences, the cattle, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. They were told he was in terrible shape and should be put down. Nevertheless, Heather drove on washed-out roads to bring him home, starving, dehydrated, and blind in one eye. With the help of a vet and her mother, she nursed him back to health. Amazingly, nine months later, he was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Gunner's story is a testament to love and to determination.
About Judy Andrekson
Tundra author Judy Andrekson grew up in Nova Scotia with a pen in one hand and a lead rope in the other. At the age of twenty, she moved to Alberta, where she could pursue her great love of horses, and there she found her dream job managing a thoroughbred racing/breeding farm. By her thirties, Judy had also begun to write seriously. Now she combines both of her passions in her new series for young readers, True Horse Stories. Judy also works as an educational assistant. She, her husband, John, and their daughter, Kate, live in Sherwood Park, Alberta, along with a constantly changing assortment of animals.
About David Parkins
Tundra’s David Parkins is the award-winning illustrator of over fifty children’s books. He began his career at Dyfed College of Art in Wales, studying wildlife illustration. He then went to Lincoln College of Art for three years, and has been a freelance illustrator since his graduation in 1979. He spent several years at the beginning of his career producing illustrations for educational publishers, and has earned most of his keep drawing for the British cartoon, The Beano. David Parkins lives in England with his wife and nine-year-old daughter.
Praise For Jb Andrews: Mustang Magic:
"This is a gripping story, full of tension and real life descriptions."
— Highly Recommended, Canadian Review of Materials
Praise For Miskeen: The Dancing Horse:
"Andrekson really embraces the storytelling heart of her material with a high degree of emotional engagement, complicated relationships and issues, and a well-realized personality."
— Sarah Ellis in Quill & Quire
Praise For Little Squire: The Jumping Pony:
"This is a lovely book and I would recommend it not only to horse lovers, but to young readers who enjoy historical fiction."
— Highly Recommended, CM magazine
Praise For Brigadier: Gentle Hero:
". . . a good story, tenderly told."
—School Library Journal
"Andrekson excels at vividly recreating the lives of horses she writes about for her readers . . . "
— Excellent, Resource Links