Usually Bird can get through to horses; though she hasn't spoken a word to anyone - human or animal - since she was six, she is able to hear the thoughts of animals, and share her own thoughts with them. Now that her mother has left her to be raised by her aunt on a horse farm halfway across the country, Bird is able to put this gift to use. From the moment Sundancer arrives at Saddle Creek Farm, Bird is fascinated. He's suspicious and guarded, touchy and cruel. He is a challenge - a wounded horse with a story he's t ready to share. Will Bird be able to reach him before it's too late? And will this strange and difficult horse be able to help Bird when her mother pays an unexpected visit?
Shelley Peterson is the bestselling author of the Saddle Creek series of young adult novels ('Dancer', 'Sundancer', 'Mystery at Saddle Creek', 'Abby Malone', and 'Stagestruck'). She also works as a professional actress, and has more than 100 stage, film, and television credits to her name. She and her husband David divide their time between Toronto and Fox Ridge Farm, where Shelley operates a stable. They have three children and one grandson.