I love it when I receive books, almost simultaneously, from different publishers that perfectly complement each other. That’s the case with these two which are both about Sable Island, a unique place of singing sands, wandering dunes and wild horses that was recently designated a Canadian national park. Sarah Hughes’s The Island Horse (Kids Can Press) is a historical novel set in the early half of the 19th century. Ten-year-old Ellie, adjusting to the recent death of her mother, is unhappy about having to leave her Nova Scotia home and moving to Sable Island for her father’s work. She finds a sense of connection, however, when she encounters the island’s horses. This is historical fiction that will have great appeal for middle grade readers, particularly horse lovers. A perfect companion to this novel is Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar by Wendy Kitts (Nimbus), a nonfiction book that offers young readers an excellent introduction to the physical geography, science, history, and lore of this unique part of the world. This attractively designed, informative books is abundantly illustrated with color photographs. Discover the wonders of Sable Island with this perfect pair of books.