Thursday, April 30, 2009
Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan
Maya lives with her incredibly, overly strict, rich grandmother. Since she has no freedom at all she amuses herself sometimes by lying about the housekeepers and getting them fired. When her grandmother dies suddenly she is sent to Wyoming to live with her mother's family - a loving, relaxed group of people she has never met. Although she has heard only bad things about them she soon finds out that her aunt and uncles are wonderful. They run a horse ranch and Maya begins to learn how to ride and relate to the horse. She is particularly interested in a horse who was part of the ranch when her mother was living there but has since run away to join the wild pack. Maya would like to try to recapture this horse and tries to gain her trust. When following the horse one day disaster strikes and Maya has to rely on whatever bond she might have built with the wild horse to save her.