The author of Fire in the Wind (1995) pens an engaging story about a boy and his horse. Matt's world-traveling Uncle Oliver sends him a Norwegian Fjord horse, and Matt is ecstatic. His troubles have just begun. Keeping the horse supplied with water is a major project, not to mention food, bedding, and exercise. But his biggest hurdle is convincing his parents to let him keep the horse. Matt enlists the help of his brother and sister, and eventually the whole neighborhood contributes to the satisfying solution. While the large cast of characters occasionally proves confusing, and the mechanics of the plot are somewhat transparent, this story includes some nice character development, interesting family and community dynamics, and a particularly appealing horse with a lot of personality.