In this “Seabiscuit Meets Charlotte’s Web” action-packed novel, a young filly sets out to prove she’s as good as the colts on horse racing’s biggest stage, but she has to beat her lifelong rival and overcome unexpected obstacles, so she can save the farm from financial ruin for her friends and prove that anything is possible.
Given the name Indefatigable, she struggles with her identity – both with a tongue-twisting name and a gender that's less respected in racing circles. Too often, she hears, “Too bad she's a filly and not a colt.”
Heart-breaking events keep her out of the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, so it all comes down to the Belmont Stakes – the longest, toughest race of all, and time is running out. Can she live up to her name?
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.25 out of 10
Indefatigable, a filly, struggles for respect as a racehorse in a competition of colts in Deiterich's well-plotted horse saga. The novel meanders through Indy’s emotional journey as she leaves home behind, only to make her first true friends and race through the three Triple Crown events. While the characters have little depth, their likeable demeanors and charming slang will win over young horse lovers.
Date Submitted: August 03, 2016