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Nobody's Champion

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This story has been told before, but not like this...Real and Relatable!

Synopsis

Life can be hard when everyone around you expects you to be something you’re not. Whether you’re not good at it or simply don’t like it, we all want to follow our own dreams, not someone else’s. Barney was a horse born so people could achieve their dreams, but he refuses to conform to the mold others try to put him in. Barney has his own plans and demands to be accepted for who he is. From home to home and trainer to trainer, it seems he will never be anything but a disappointment. However, if he can stay true to his heart, he just might find the perfect family.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading a book by Middle Grade author Tiffany Reese. Her work of fiction is entitled Nobody’s Champion and is the first of the Cardinal Farm series. While I hadn’t read any other books by Tiffany Reese prior to picking this up to review, I will admit that the premise of it had me interested. For one thing, this book is one that has been written from the point of view of a horse. I don’t recall ever reading a book from the point of view of a horse so, naturally, I was completely intrigued. I needed to read this story and I was not disappointed at all.


The story follows Barney, a horse that—Reese describes in the synopsis—“was born so that other people can achieve their dreams.” Just this first aspect is relatable to anyone who might read it, no matter the age. Personally, I related to Barney as I read his journey to his own, individual success and goals. Though the main character is an animal, Ms. Reese writes him so human. He has feelings, thoughts, and goals just like anyone else. Like him, we have to adjust, maintain friendships, and more. For just a moment, you forget that he’s a horse.


The story of the underdog or the person trying to achieve their dreams despite all of their obstacles has been done before. As a reader, I have followed many characters on their journeys to their own personal “happily ever after.” However, Tiffany Reese definitely tells this story in a unique and personable way way that I think any reader, juvenile or not, will enjoy. Moreover, the art included in the reading teams up perfectly with the words of Ms. Reese to create a story that is unlike any other. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in a great story.

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During her doctoral coursework in Education, Jessica founded Queen J Reads and 100Lit, a book blog and podcast show where she shares her favorite reads new and old, including her all-time favorite, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Synopsis

Life can be hard when everyone around you expects you to be something you’re not. Whether you’re not good at it or simply don’t like it, we all want to follow our own dreams, not someone else’s. Barney was a horse born so people could achieve their dreams, but he refuses to conform to the mold others try to put him in. Barney has his own plans and demands to be accepted for who he is. From home to home and trainer to trainer, it seems he will never be anything but a disappointment. However, if he can stay true to his heart, he just might find the perfect family.

Lucy


“Be a good girl, Lucy! Take care of that baby!” Of course she would be a “good girl,” she was always a good girl, not that it mattered, thought Lucy. She sighed and stepped up into the big fancy trailer, on to the next home. She knew she wouldn’t be back. She always seemed to end up going to a new home whenever the people started talking about money. “Last to arrive, first to leave,” they would say, and that meant Lucy.  

It wasn’t the life she ever thought she would have. Her father had been a western pleasure champion and her mother told her she would be too. Lucy dreamed of ribbons and trophies. She imagined what she would look like taking dainty steps around the ring wearing a saddle covered in polished silver. Her mother had told her the riders dress in sequins and diamonds and groom their horses until they shine equally as bright. This was the world Lucy wanted to live in, a world of glamor and recognition. She wanted people to envy any rider she carried.

Life had started off with her full belief in those big hopes and dreams, but with each new home, each trip to a trainer cut short or cancelled, the dream felt further and further away. That wouldn’t happen to her foal though. She would raise this foal to be a champion, a beautiful roan like his father to stand out from the others. He wouldn’t have her boring sorrel coat that just blended in with every other horse at the barn. He would never be looked over or ignored. He would reign supreme in a world of glittering shirts and silver saddles!



About the author

Tiffany Reese grew up showing quarter horses in Texas. She took a break from horses for 25 years before jumping back in to share their magic with her family. She has always had a love of writing and looks forward to sharing more of her stories in the future. view profile

Published on June 20, 2020

10000 words

Genre: Middle Grade

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