Top Drawer News — Kid Lit Blog Hop

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Welcome, blog hoppers! We’re happy to be part of the 44th Kid Lit Blog Hop.

We thought we’d tell you about The SkyHorse, our middle grade/YA fantasy about a girl who finds a winged horse.

Then we realized that the main character, Tovi Taggert, could describe her story WAY better than we can. So, without further ado…here’s Tovi!

Thank you for coming to chat with us today.

You’re welcome. Thanks for asking me.

Why do you think HL Carpenter choose you to represent them in The SkyHorse?

Oh, they didn’t choose me. I chose them. After I learned what Mr. Nightingale planned to do, I figured I had to be careful who I told Zephyr’s story to. It’s on me to keep him safe, you know? Anyway, I asked Gramma and she talked to HL, and she said she thought they were okay. So I decided to go ahead and tell them what actually happened. And it did happen, even though Mom still thinks I made the whole thing up.

Tell us a little about yourself.

You mean, like something that didn’t make it into the book? There’s not much more to say. HL told pretty much everything there is to know about me already, and some of it was embarrassing. I don’t really have a crush on Chase Webber. I mean, I like him, sort of, and I did kiss him that once, and I do see him quite a bit because his mom and mine are best buds. But he’s just a friend.

Where do you live now?

We still live in Gramma’s house in Honeysuckle Hollow, Florida. I’m learning the history of Honeysuckle Hollow and the rest of the legends, and Gramma thinks I’ll be able to talk with Mr. Bibbs one of these days. He’s sort of an ornery cat, though, so I kind of have to coax him into teaching me stuff.

You have an unusual name. Would you like to tell us about it?

I guess. It’s a boy’s name, and means goodness or kindness, not that I’m any of those things. I mean, I’m not especially good or kind, and I’m sure not a boy. But that’s okay. My dad’s first and middle names were Tobias Vincent. Mom combined them and named me after him.

What else do you wish people would know about you?

Nothing! I’m just like everybody else. Anybody would have done the same thing.

Will we be seeing more of you or are you stepping out of the limelight?

I don’t think HL will have to write another book about me or Zephyr or any of the rest of the Honeysuckle Hollow legends. At least, I’m hoping nothing else out of the ordinary happens, like another portal opening up, or like that one legend where…umm…well, I’m pretty sure nothing like that will happen.

Is there anything you wish HL had kept their mouths shut about?

They maybe shouldn’t have said how the butterfly wish works.

Do you feel you were portrayed fairly?

I think they wrote the story like I told it to them.

What really pushes your buttons?

People who pick on other people. And I’m not just saying that because of Jen, either.

Do you believe in ghosts?

I don’t know. I watched a winged horse hatch from an egg, so maybe. I’ve never seen a ghost, though. Yet.

What is your biggest fear?

That Mr. Nightingale will find another portal.

Why should readers be interested in your story?

Because they’ll love Zephyr. He’s really great. You never know when a SkyHorse will show up needing help, so you should be ready.

Image source: The SkyHorse Cover by HL Carpenter

The SkyHorse (ebook)
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult fantasy
Rating: Sweet, clean (minimal offensive language; no explicit love scenes)
Suitable for: Ages 10 and up
Length: Novel (49,000 words; 150 pages)
What reviewers say: “I would recommend this book to anyone who loves horse stories, you won’t be disappointed!”

Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck—until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

When fourteen year old Tovi Taggert moves to Honeysuckle Hollow to take care of her grandmother, she has a hard time fitting in. For one thing, she’s been tagged with the hated nickname Too-Tall Tovi. For another, everyone at Honeysuckle Hollow High believes Tovi played the Choking Game with someone else’s boyfriend–and made out with him besides.

As if she doesn’t have enough problems, after the latest stand-off in the school hallway, Tovi finds a gorgeous speckled egg nestled in a feather lined nest.

She takes the egg home–and mysterious visitors begin appearing almost immediately. Even more worrisome, whatever is inside the egg starts chipping its way out.

When the egg hatches, revealing a winged horse, Tovi’s troubles multiply.

As she struggles to return the horse to the magical land where he belongs, Tovi must make a courageous decision – and accept what that decision will cost her.

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter writing team. The SkyHorse is available on Smashwords and from Amazon. You can also download a free Reader’s Guide for your book club or homeschooling group (PDF document, 560KB).


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2 comments on “Top Drawer News — Kid Lit Blog Hop
  1. Katy K. says:

    Stopping by on the hop – this sounds like a sweet book! Thank you for sharing!