The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
June 23, 2018 Alexandra Adlawan
5th Grade to 7th Grade
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd Alexandra-Adlawan-Amazing Artists-Autism-Author
There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.
One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.
Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?
A fantastic story set during World War II. This book was written in 2016 but feels like it’s been around longer, like it could’ve been one of the old classics children’s books.
All the children at Briar Hill hospital are there for the same disease, a disease that Emmaline calls ‘still-waters’. ‘Still-waters’ is a respiratory disease called tuberculosis and was one of the most common diseases to have during WWII.
To learn more about tuberculosis and how this story came to be, read the Authors’ Note at the end of this book.
This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Horses
The V-shaped part on the underside of a horse’s hoof is called the frog.


  1. Danielle Sees 4 years ago

    This sounds like a book I would like. A war time story with medical theme. My kind of book. I never knew TB was called still waters.

  2. Catherine Adlawan 4 years ago

    This book sounds like a good one.

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