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9 stars

The Horse and His Boy

AR: 5.8
Lexile: 970
RC: 5.8
by C.S. Lewis     Illus. by Pauline Baynes
Normal-length Novel
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Chronicles of Narnia #5

Poor Shasta is an orphan being brought up by a mean fisherman on the edge of a desert country. One day, he meets a talking horse and together they escape and begin their long journey to Narnia. Along the way, they meet a girl and her talking horse, meet a prince who looks just like Shasta, and overhear plans to attack the kingdom to the north. Can they escape the great walled city and make it north before the attacking army? And what's with the look-alike? Find out what happens in this interesting and exciting adventure that takes place in the lands to the south of Narnia!

I really liked this book; it is my favorite of the Narnia books! It has a well-planned story with a very satisfying ending. It takes place completely in Narnia, not in our world like in the previous two books. Even so, the magical-ness of Narnia feels more complete and natural than in the first two. If you are looking for a good fantasy adventure, give this book a try! By the way, you don't have to read the first two books to enjoy this one, though there are a couple things that refer back to them.

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(Last modified:08/21/2006)


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