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A Horse for Mandy Paperback – September 1, 2004

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It's Mandy's thirteenth birthday and her dream is coming true--a beautiful horse of her very own! But Mandy's best friend, Laura, doesn't seem very happy for her. Then tragedy strikes. Can Mandy and her new horse save Laura? Find out in . . . A Horse For Mandy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581960115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581960112
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Philadelphia PA, grew up (mostly) in Hialeah FL, graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL (go Bulls!) and currently live in Chattanooga TN---I'm an American citizen by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.

I have a brother, three years younger, married, and mathematically gifted. I am totally without math skills.

The books I write, the topics and subject matter, grew out of my firstborn son's diagnosis of diabetes at age 3.
Infinite reward that comes to me from my work.... when a grown reader lets me know that reading my books inspired her to seek a profession that helps others. I have wonderful letters saying, "Today I graduated from nursing/medical school."

Now that's a gift of joy!

Official Lurlene McDaniel Website
http://www.lurlenemcdaniel.com

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite books. Mandy arrives home from camp, and her father gives her a horse for her thirteenth birthday. She calls her friend, Laura, and asks her to come over. Laura seems cool and distant when they talk. A new boy is helping around the stables and both Mandy and Laura like him causing more distance to come between them. Laura and Mandy have a fight and Laura runs off. Later Mandy finds that Solana, her horse, got free and is now sick from eating too much rich food. Later Mandy sees Laura and they exchange words. Then Laura rides off in the night and doesn't come back. She is missing and search parties are sent out. A day passes and they still can't fin her. Mandy rides off on Solana her horse, who is now better, and finds Laura in one of their many spots they went too. She knows Laura needs medical help right away so she ties hers and Laura's scarves to her horse and sends it home, hoping it will be able to find its way. Her father and the other searchers see the horse and figure out the message. They come and help Laura. She has a broken leg. Mandy visits Laura afterwards and they have a talk. I think this is a highly interesting book. Hope you enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela C. on April 29, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This story was good. It portrays the angst felt by a pair of friends as they grow from grade school to middle school. It revolves around horses, boys and jealousy.

There were two glaring minor annoyances. First, no one gives a stallion to a fourth grader. That would be irresponsible and a possibly deadly combination. Secondly, an eighth grade boy is very unlikely to have a "deep masculine voice".

These two things were just the first inaccuracies I found. Yes, it's a story for kids, but would prefer the story being a little realistic. No stud horses for young girls (in most show circles it is against the rules for a person under 18 to show a stallion), no deep voices for 13-14 year old boys.

The rest of the story is interesting, hence the three stars instead of one. I hope that at some point the author will rework the book to make it a bit more believable. This version falls flat and any reader who knows anything about horse show circuits will spot the problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By briana on April 18, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I know that this is a younger readers one but it still wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be btter
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