Chris and Willie (the Horse) share Twist of Fate: The Miracle Colt and His Friends

With Chris Stuckenschneider and Willie the Horse
| 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Neighborhood Reads Back Yard

Giddy-up to Neighborhood Reads Bookstore to meet Willie, a beloved horse from Chris Stuckenschneider’s picture book, Twist of Fate, the Miracle Colt and His Friends. Chris will read her true-life story of hope about Willie, and other horses that were saved after a tractor trailer truck crashed on I-44. Twister’s mother was on the truck too, pregnant at the time with the miracle colt eventually named Twister. He’s now 15 years of age and lives at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, outside Union, the ranch where many of the horses received care after the accident. Willie’s owner Kylee Matheny will also be at the bookstore to answer questions about Willie and talk about the incredible bond the two of them enjoy.

Chris Stuckenschneider


Chris Stuckenschneider

Chris Stuckenschneider, of Washington, is the author of Twist of Fate: The Miracle Colt and His Friends, Patriotic Pals, and My Washington, which she co-authored with photographer Jeanne Miller-Wood. Chris was book editor and a columnist at the Washington Missourian for 22 years and is highly regarded by publishers for her reviews. She is a lifelong literacy advocate and currently reviews books for Neighborhood Reads Bookstore, including overseeing the bookstore’s Bound to Read Blog, which features reviews by a wide variety of readers. Chris serves on the board of the Community Literacy Foundation and coordinates Book Buddy, a literacy project that selects quality children’s books and works with area service groups, businesses and individuals to place these books in school and public libraries. To date, more than 21,000 new, hardcover books have been donated through the project.
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