Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Highway Robbery (2008)

Highway Robbery. Kate Thompson. 2008. HarperCollins. 128 pages. [Source: Library]

Highway Robbery is an interesting historical adventure. The narrator is a young boy intent on selling a horse to the reader. But not just any horse, mind you, this is a special horse. He's offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the legendary Black Bess, THE horse ridden by Dick Turpin. The book relates how he happened to come into possession of the horse. How a mysterious rider--tired but kind--told him to hold the horse and wait for his return. Dick Turpin was captured and subsequently hanged, and so now the horse is his, or so he tells us.

Highway Robbery resonates as story because it borders so closely to legend. I enjoyed this one. It is a VERY quick read--at least if you're an adult. This little book is for a younger audience (7-9?). The text is large and there are so many illustrations. 

You may also enjoy this wonderful Horrible Histories song:

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Shweta 12:54 AM  

Sounds like a good book for my nieces who have started 2nd grade. Will look out for the book.

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