In the midst of a tumultuous childhood with an abusive father, Victoria meets Moonshine, an ex-racehorse saved from the slaughterhouse and abuse. She despairs at having to ride such a difficult horse but slowly learns the stables provide a safe haven for them both. The pair compete in dressage, a sport that tests the unity of horse and rider as they engage in what can only be called dancing. They compete against horses bred solely for the sport, always struggling to overcome the bias against horses like “Moony.” As she grows and comes of age, Victoria teaches Moonshine to trust, and he teaches Victoria the importance of heart and perseverance. Together, they overcome their similar histories, forge an unforgettable bond, and compete in the Jun-ior Nationals in this inspiring and compelling true story of how a girl and her horse changed each other’s lives forever.
Written by Victoria Shade
Retail Price: $14.99 | ISBN: 9780997237771
Format: eBook and Paperback | 314 pages | Size: 5.25 x 8
Genre: Young Adult Non-Fiction/Memoir
Released October 4th, 2016
Victoria Shade currently practices law, focusing on animal law and personal injury protection. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association Animal Law Committee, as well the Animal Law Committee’s Legislative subcommittee, and is in-volved in several groups supporting the humane treatment of animals, from the SPCA to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
She lives with her husband, also a horse-lover, and their young daughter, Olivia Jane, who had her first ride on Moony when she was in mommy’s belly. The family lives on a horse farm where Moonshine is one of many beloved family pets.
Interview with Author Victoria Shade
- What made you decide to turn the short story, this book initially was, into a full length book?
My professor enjoyed the story and insisted that I develop it.
- How do you hope your book impacts its readers?
I hope it encourages young people to not simply pursue what looks like the best thing. I hope they take what they have and make it the best.
- What is the one tip everyone should know about preventing animal abuse within their communities?
Always report it.
- How would you advise someone considering horse therapy for their child?
I have only heard wonderful things about horse therapy. Do it for any kind of therapy.
- How did your experiences with Moonshine influence/affect your career focus on animal law?
I went to law school intending to practice animal law.
- Who was your favorite author growing up and now? Has it changed?
Marguerite Henry and Anna Sewell. Yes, it has changed to Laura Hillenbrand.
- Was there anyone that influenced you as a writer?
- How can someone get involved with animal defense and the animal rights movement? Contact the ASPCA and HSUS, become members, they have a ton of programs.
- How would you suggest getting children aware and involved in animal rights?Go to local shelters so that they are encouraged to volunteer and maybe even adopt or foster.
- There will always be a special bond and growth between humans and their animals, what is the greatest thing you learned from Moonshine?
Once you have that bond, you are limitless.
- What is your favorite memory with Moony?
I’ll never forget standing on the podium at the National Juniors Championships in total awe of Moony for being the horse that brought me to the biggest show of my life.
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