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Wind Rider by Susan Williams Now Available from Laura Geringer Books

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Fern dreams of riding on a wild horse's back, as fleet as the wind. She makes pets of small animals and watches the bison herds as they pound over the endless grasses of the steppe. Chafing at the inequality of being female, she longs for the freedom her twin brother enjoys to run free in the wilderness. One day in early spring, Fern secretly rescues a young horse mired in the bog, names her Thunder, and tames her enough to ride, claiming the horse as her own. But the people of Fern's tribe are distrustful of her bond with nature. Is she a witch? Does she weave her spells on animals? Fern's future looks bleak until a silent man in a rival tribe, known only as The Nameless One, teaches her about patience—and love.

Susan Williams's lyrical prose makes this journey to prehistoric western Asia at once inspiring and heart wrenching.

"Compelling and beautiful, Wind Rider is a masterpiece about a girl and a horse in prehistoric times." - Jean Craighead George, author of the Newbery Medal winning Julie of the Wolves

“In an early world of hunter-gatherers, a girl finds a horse trapped in a bog. Her efforts to free the wild creature form the beginning of a relationship that leads to trust and friendship. WIND RIDER by Susan Williams is a moving exploration into the way horses may have been tamed, which young adult readers will enjoy .” –Jean M. Auel, author of CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR.

Book Sense (the national organization of independent booksellers) has selected Wind Rider as one of its Winter 06-07 Children's Picks List!

There are only 72 titles selected from all children’s publishers on the list. Wind Rider will be promoted in the Winter 2006-2007 Children's Picks flyers, which will be distributed to all Book Sense stores directly from the printer before Thanksgiving. The announcement of the full Winter 2006-2007 Children's Picks List will appear in the November 16, 2006 edition of Bookselling This Week.

About the Author

Susan Williams writes stories for young readers because "when I was a kid, books meant everything to me." She loves visiting schools and libraries to talk about writing and to run writers' workshops. Susan Williams lives with her husband, two daughters, and many pets in the wilds of western New York.