Sunday, May 20, 2012

Backyard Horse Tales Sox by Jackie Anton

Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457509490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457509490

Sox is a bay Quarter Horse who got his name because of the socks he had on his hind legs. We meet Sox as he is making his way into the world and because he was such a large colt he was born with a contracted tendon on his right leg, and only time will tell whether or not it will affect Sox. Everything is new and Sox depends on his mother Sandy for answers. We meet Sox's human family but it's one special  girl named Emma who is living next door with her grandmother while her mother is away that Sox bonds with. They become great friends and a wonderful comfort to each other. Will Sox outgrow his problem with his leg and become the wonderful show horse he was meant to be?

While the story is told thru the eyes of humans as well as horses, I thought the author did an amazing job of telling the story thru the eyes of the horse Sox. From his birth to the grand adventures that he takes as he grows up, I could really imagine I was seeing the world thru the eyes of a horse. It was interesting to see Sox grow into a beautiful horse and learn the many things that were expected of him. I really know next to nothing about showing a horse but felt like I got a bit of an education reading this story. I enjoyed the antics of Sox and thought the relationship that developed between him and Emma was wonderful. I thought the diary entries that Emma wrote allowed the reader to really get to know her. From her worries over her mother, to dealing with being the new kid in school after moving in with her grandmother, Sox and her diary became her two closest confidants. I liked that the author touched on Attention Deficit Disorder, as well as parents in the military and single parents, because these topics are something most can relate to.

"Backyard Horse Tales Sox" is a wonderfully written story, with interesting characters and an ending that really left me wanting more!  While this is a story that is geared toward young readers I think it will appeal to anyone who enjoys horse stories.

About the author:

Jackie Anton Jackie Anton writes a family friendly series "Backyard Horse Tales." (readers 8 to adult) Sox 2nd Edition expands Sox and Emma's story, and has a brand new ending. This version is enjoying excellent early reviews. Purchase at #2 "Frosty and the Nightstalker" will be out by fall of 2012. "Prelude: Backyard Horse Tales 3 Don't Call Me Love is an E-Book available on and

Romance books are written under the pen name J.M.Anton. "Fateful Waters" will be an E-Book in April, and in print by late summer 2012.
Jackie is a mother of two and a grandmother of two.  She and her husband live on a mini-farm in rural Ohio. They share their little slice of horse heaven with two Quarter Horses, an eight month old Haflinger filly, and a calico barn cat. 

Follow Jackie's blog at for release dates, book excerpts, and author interviews.

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  1. Awwww!!! This sounds really good!! Thanks for sharing, I hadn't seen this book before!

  2. Carrie, its a wonderfully written story that I just fell in love with.


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