Belladonna

Belladonna

Title:Belladonna
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780763651060
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages

A lyrical coming-of-age story about a boy, a girl, and a horse - and how a chance encounter can lead to a life of intrigue and learning, a life beyond imagining.

When Thomas Rose first spots the girl hidden by the roadside, she looks as drab as a lark, with only her red kerchief giving her away. But French Hélène, who goes by "Ling," is no ordinary bird. Tiny Ling enchants Thomas with her wild spirit and tales of a circus where she danced atop her beloved horse, Belladonna. But the horse has been sold, and Ling must fetch her back. Now Thomas’s life as a clever but unschooled wheelwright’s son is about to change. Their search leads to painter George Stubbs, who euthanizes ailing animals in order to study their anatomy. Stubbs draws eerie horses that stride as if they could move out of the paper world into the real one - but he assures his young friends that their horse is safe at a nearby estate. As Ling and Thomas devise a risky plan to recover Belladonna, Stubbs hires Thomas as an apprentice, teaching him to read and write as well. In this fascinating story, Mary Finn incorporates a real eighteenth-century artist into a beautifully imagined tale of adventure and young romance.


    Belladonna Reviews

  • Laura

    I know that most history teachers dislike historical fiction because it's often not true to the time period, and that inserting fictional characters into real events skews the history parts. While the...

  • Chelsea

    Fifteen-year-old Thomas Rose has already come to grips with the fact that his life is on the verge of change, but when he meets a girl named Ling, he know for sure that things will never be the same a...

  • Kellia

    I think that the characters were not really developed metally although they went through some big life changes.Thomas Rose still seem like a love-struck 14 year-old at the end of the book although man...

  • Lauren Stone

    The Horse Girl has a lovely style about it, but I felt like it went on just a little too long to be engaging. I liked the history woven into it, particularly about Stubbs. Bit of style over substance ...

  • Angie Quantrell

    The beautiful poetic language and images kept me wishing I had a chance to write down some phrases! Wonderful story, gruesome in bits, sad in other places. Great read!...

  • Susan

    Slow moving and thinly viewed romance.The historical information took huge liberties....

  • Mara

    This book had potential, but the Author failed to play into it. I had pretty high hopes, too, and in the end I was disappointed. To start with the pros, Thomas is likable, and the Author has a good wr...

  • Aubrey

    I personally really enjoyed this book. The writing is smooth and not choppy, the storyline easily snatches you up and the action is constant, you're always wondering what will happen next.I love Ling ...

  • QNPoohBear

    Sent back home to his native village after failing school, Thomas Rose finds a girl hidden in the grass. Curious, Thomas seeks her out. The girl's name is Hélène but in England she goes by Ling, for...

  • Kate

    Thomas has just been sent home from school, where he lived with his grandfather, to live with his parents again, when he finds a French girl hiding in a ditch. She is looking for her horse, Belladonna...