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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Luck of the Draw by Diana Tuorto reminds readers that every living creature has a purpose, although sometimes it’s difficult to find that purpose. Luck of the Draw, or Lucky as everyone called him, was bred, born, and raised to be a racehorse. The only problem was that Lucky was undoubtedly the slowest racehorse in the world. He never won a race. Sold and trained in jumping and dressage, he discovered something else he didn’t do very well. Then he met Kerry, who had to face her fears after a serious riding accident that took the life of her special horse. Not only did Lucky have to prove himself as a hunter pace horse, but he also had to help Kerry recover her nerve and restore her passion for riding – and, yes, for winning.
Diana Tuorto’s young people’s novel, Luck of the Draw, is a classic horse story that will bring tears to readers’ eyes. Lucky is anything but lucky, at least, until the end of the story. Told in first person narrative, from Lucky’s point of view, this story has the classic feel of a good horse story, like Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. The mother-son communication between Lucky and his mother is as compassionate and compelling as it had been for Black Beauty, and the important lessons imparted to the young foal can be transcribed to any young person: always be caring and do your best at all times, no matter what obstacles bar your path. As for a purpose? This kind-hearted racehorse that couldn't win a race attracted considerable love and attention both from other horses and his different handlers, too. The story is a touching and engaging read.