The Touch of Something Wild

The Touch of Something Wild

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The Touch of Something Wild

Colleen Rutherford Archer
Illustrations by Judi Pennanen

6 X 9 inches, 128 pages

"KYRA LONGED NOW FOR A HORSE with spark and fire. She longed for a horse with real potential. She longed, in her heart, for the touch of something wild."

Seventeen-year-old Kyra and her widowed mother operate a riding stable in the rugged Canadian Shield. The Touch of Something Wild is the story of how they and their fellow riders adjust to one another. It is also the story of Warrior, the iron-grey renegade horse that captures Kyra's heart.


J.O. (Judi) Pennanen


Do I Have To Go To Sleep? is J.O. Pennanen's tenth illustrated book for Penumbra Press. Her illustrations for children's books are often described as whimsical and lyrical, while her artwork
for adult literature is edgy and dark. Having lived in northern Ontario and New
Brunswick, she currently resides in southwestern Ontario.
Judi's art is represented in several major collections, public and private. Her subject matter very often derives from the northland itself, as in North Country Spring, from which she draws on the sights and sounds of "the landscape and its creatures, and the four seasons that create the variety and richness of the places."


Colleen Rutherford Archer


Colleen Rutherford archer is a freelance writer from Deep River, Ontario, where she and her husband Andrew own a small horse stable. For ten summers she ran a volunteer therapeutic riding program with her friends. Colleen has published five young adult novels (Foxy and the Missing Mask, Riding High, A Touch of Something Wild, and Collie Rescue with Penumbra Press, and The Horse Dealer with Borealis Press), a novella, and hundreds of articles and short stories for newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. In 1984 she was the winner of the Vicky Metcalf Award for her writing for young people. Colleen has two daughters, Elizabeth and Heather, and two granddaughters, Bridget and Alison.

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