March 26, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Ellen Feld has won a "Children's Choices" award for her book Frosty: The Adventures of a Morgan Horse ($9.95, 199 pp., Willow Bend Publishing, South Deerfield, Mass., 2003), a novel for young adults. Feld, the academic department coordinator for the physics department, has worked at Amherst College for 15 years.

Frosty is the story of a girl's relationship with her horses. Heather Richardson, owner of the horse Blackjack (both introduced in Feld's 2001 novel, Blackjack), is entrusted with a rare gray Morgan named Frosty. Heather is disappointed to learn that not all horses are show horses, but discovers Frosty's strengths in trail riding as she and her horse work together to survive in the woods of Vermont.

The "Children's Choices" awards are given annually by the Children's Book Council, a national organization based in New York. Children pick their favorite books to determine the winners. The Children's Book Council is affiliated with the International Reading Association.