A Horse Named Dragon created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children are visiting a horse ranch where they spend a lot of time. All of the horses on the ranch are rescue horses. They are only there for a short period of time before being adopted out to loving families. There are all sorts of horses there, including one named Dragon. Each of the children have a particular horse they like to ride.
There’s a new employee on the ranch, who other people don’t like. There’s also a new vet. One day, a couple of the horses go missing. They turn up a couple of days later, but the entire thing has made the ranch and its employees wary of losing horses. They start trying to catalog each horse. They take pictures, but then the camera used to take the pictures disappears. One day, dragon disappears. Where did he go?
A search soon starts for the missing horse. The children start looking and find that some people have been looking for their missing horses on the internet and they’re at the ranch. Ultimately, the missing horse does turn up and the kids figure out who was taking horses.
What I liked
Horse thievery isn’t exactly a big deal these days, so it was interesting to read a story where the main conflict was horse theft. I like the idea of a facility that finds homes for animals that don’t currently have homes.
What I didn’t like
This isn’t one of the more interesting Boxcar stories. I like horses ok. I like the idea of finding animals homes. I like the Alden kids, but horse trafficking isn’t that interesting. This book would have been more interesting if horses had more value to people. It’s not that people don’t value horses generally; it’s that people don’t need horses as much these days. We use cars. If the Alden children had solved a huge car theft ring, it might have been more interesting.
Stealing horses is not cool. Don’t steal animals from other people.
What would you do if someone stole your horse?
Are horses as valuable today as they used to be?