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A Good Horse: Book Two of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch Kindle Edition

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Length: 258 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 6-8–Eighth-grader Abby Lovitt loves caring for her family's nine horses. Her favorites are Jack and Black George, though she runs the risk of losing both. Black George is an excellent jumper, and after he and Abby win first place in a contest, he is sold for a considerable profit. The family receives a series of letters from a private investigator indicating that Jack's mother fits the description of a stolen horse, meaning that she might have been sold to them without the true owner's permission. The illustrations of horse equipment add some depth to the story; however, the plot falls flat. The level of depth Smiley uses to describe some details, as when Abby and her friends play the “Adverbs” game, will not engage most readers, and the laborious descriptions of Abby's riding experiences will only appeal to avid horse lovers. The side stories involving Abby's brother moving out because of their strict, puritanical father is confusing and the story of Abby and her friends acting out Julius Caesar might leave readers a bit lost. Instead of adding detail, these elements make for a murky, anticlimactic plot.–Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ . (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Picking up shortly after The Georges and the Jewels (2009), this patient read continues the story of 13-year-old Abby, who finds herself feeling protective of Jack, a colt who might be the offspring of a stolen mare with an impressive pedigree. Smiley writes beautifully about Abby’s dawning awareness of the small sadnesses of life, though the book is so thoroughly obsessed with horse culture that only serious enthusiasts will willingly penetrate the long passages about riding, grooming, training, jumping, etc. But for that contingent, Smiley is a godsend—few other authors can balance dreaminess and realism so deftly. Grades 4-8. --Daniel Kraus

Product Details

  • File Size: 3828 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3FJXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's the 1960s, and Abby Lovitt is starting the eighth grade. She lives with her very strict but loving parents on their 26-acre horse ranch in California. The family business consists of buying horses at low prices, getting them healthy and handsome, training them, and selling them for a profit. Abby knows she shouldn't get attached to the horses, but she can't help herself, especially when they come across an extra special one like Black George.

Black George is beautiful and a gifted jumper. He sails over jumps with ease and enthusiasm, and loves doing it. Abby's father decides to enter his daughter and Black George in a high-class horse show. With more exposure to the upper class society, they might catch the eye of a wealthy horse buyer and get top dollar for selling Black George. Abby loves riding him and will be sad to see him sold, but she understands. She also knows that training him to his full potential will make him even better. But what she doesn't comprehend is why her heart seizes up in fear when her teacher raises the jump height to over four feet when she knows Black George can do it.

Abby's most favorite horse at the ranch is little Jack, the orphaned colt. His mom, Brown Jewel (or Pearl, as Abby secretly called her), died from colic not long after giving birth to Jack. Since then, Abby has taken over the care and training of Jack, and they have grown very close. But then a letter arrives from a private investigator who is working for a rich Texas rancher. A while back, someone had stolen a few of the rancher's prize horses, and the investigator suspects that the Lovitts had purchased one of the stolen mares. If Brown Jewel is proven to be the stolen mare, the owners are going to want to take her colt back to Texas.
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For authenticity in horse novels, Jane Smiley knows her horse details. In the second novel in her series of horse books for kids, A Good Horse, she tells the story of Abby and the quarter horse gelding Black George. The story is compounded into a mystery when it's apparent Abby's favorite colt, Jack, may have been born to a stolen mare. Black George is a talented jumper, and Abby is more of a country-taught type of rider. Can she and Black George outperform the snooty riders at the upscale horse show at the coast? She's mostly schooled Black George on her own, with limited professional coaching. Problems arise when she realizes the night before a big show that she's outgrown her riding clothes. Panic claims her nerves when she sees her sometimes coach raise the jumps to four feet, even though Abby knows George can jump that high easily. Can she? And can she solve the mystery about the yearling, Jack?
You may think that reading horse books for kids isn't for you, but please realize that most kids' books are great high-quality writing and top-notch stories. Authors such as Jane Smiley, who truly knows horses, continue to provide us with great horse stories. Give A Good Horse, and its prequel The Georges and The Jewels a try. You'll be impressed, no matter what your age.--Robin Moore
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A Good Horse is a good horse book. It's well-written, and really puts you in the writer's too-tight riding boots. However, I felt that the ending was a little too cliche, and somewhat abrupt. The experiences in the book are believable, and for actual riders hold very true - when you know the height of the jumps, it makes them seem infinitely more difficult! All in all, it was a good, quick read that was well put together, but could've used an extra chapter or two at the end to finish things off.
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I have a granddaughter whose passion is horses. This is a wholesome read with some really terrific life lessons in it. I read it before giving it to her as a gift.
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I like but don't love this series of books. They were recommended by a friend because I'm into natural horsemanship, but I didn't feel that they represented the topic all that well. It sort of implied that a couple of "tricks" would fix almost any horse in no time. Still, for the youth audience, they are nice books and good reading.
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By PM on May 11, 2014
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I love this book and would recommend it for young readers that like horses. About ages 10-13. It is a little confusing linear the middle but overall, this book was great!
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By GP on March 24, 2013
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This is a fantastic book for those whoose mothers are ragging on them about not reading enough challengeing literature.
I am obsessed with horses and this is a perfect for girls who are obsessed with horses.
Although it took me a while to figure out when the book took place, once i did this book was even more fabulous.
Most of the time though, you have to kind of figure out and try to understand the whole worlthst Abby lives in, the religious wold and the date and time in history.
I highly recommend this book!
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One of my granddaughters is a voracious reader who loves horses. I am a voracious reader who loves Jane Smiley novels. I sent this book to my granddaughter (and downloaded a copy to my own computer so I could read what she was about to read). Both of us enjoyed the book and recommend it (and the author). As I said in the caption, this book is so good it generated a thank you note from my granddaughter!
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