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“You have brought trouble into the world. You and your people must go before you bring more trouble.”
In 3500 BC, a killing drought forces Morven and her tribe to roam the steppes of Kazakhstan, struggling to survive.
Fiercely independent and never quite feeling she belongs, Morven senses a greater kinship to animals than to her own people. Despite ridicule, she befriends a herd of wild horses. She learns to ride and shows her clan the horses are not just a food source, but they also can help them survive. But it is not just Morven’s people who are changed by
knowledge. A brash young man from another tribe also learns from Morven. His goal, however, is not just to survive, but to conquer.

Morven must learn to accept responsibility for the terrible changes she has set in motion and become a leader amongst her people, or they will die.

“In Armstrong’s richly descriptive story, Morven grows from a young, spirited girl to a respected shaman, enduring loss, hostility, isolation and near starvation in her quest to understand her place within her clan.” – Quill & Quire

“a unique and intriguing story, filled with turmoil and themes of isolation, survival, and ultimately, love.” – CanLit For Little Canadians

“The writing is strong and accessible … it will definitely appeal to independent teenage girls with a streak of rebellion” – Resource Links, Recommended

“Despite the ancient time in which this story is set, I think modern teens could easily relate to Morven … a wonderful glimpse into the customs and lifestyles of the nomadic tribes living on the steppes during this early point in their history” – Friday Review, Susan Riley

SHORTLIST – Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards (MYCRA), 2014
SELECTION – Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring 2014
MOONBEAM AWARD – Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction (Historical), 2014

 

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