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Judy Andrekson. Fosta: Marathon Master
Tundra $8.99 ISBN 978-0-88776-838-5 88 pg.
Reviewed by Victoria, Age 13

By three, Fosta had reached a mere fourteen hands high - too small, Alan thought, for a career in endurance. Alan broke him to saddle, and after some time getting him started as a riding horse, put him up for sale. Endurance racing would not, it seemed, be in Fosta's future.

Fosta, the small, elegant bay that had a hard start as a colt, grew up to be a "marathon master," showing that just because Fosta was small didn't mean he wasn't strong. Alan Lindsay, his first owner, was sure he was too small. Boy was he wrong. Fosta was born at Kintamani Stud, Alan Lindsay's stud farm, and grew stronger everyday. When he was a mere colt, he met his buddy, Dare. Dare grew up tall and handsome, and started training shortly after he turned two. Alan gave Fosta an extra year to grow.

Fosta: Marathon Master is a great book, especially for kids 8-12 years of age, but older riders can get a bit out of the book, too, especially if they're interested in endurance racing. A great read for someone getting into horses as well. Although, you do have to have a bit of understanding of how things work in the horse world. As for a brand new rider, JUST getting to know some basic terms, you could probably figure it out. Overall, it didnít feel like a TRUE horse story - it felt like a regular story, which made it all the better to read.

Judy Andrekson is a lot like me. She loves horses, has a natural talent for writing, and is very good at what she does. She has enjoyed these activities since an early age, and now writes seriously while managing an assortment of animals with her husband and their daughter in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Iíll give Fosta: Marathon Master four amazing stars!

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