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Pie in the Sky: Book Four of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch Library Binding – September 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch
  • Library Binding: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375969683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375969683
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,280,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-Abby Lovitt, first introduced in A Good Horse (Knopf, 2010) returns. The teenage daughter of a respected horse trader, Abby can't remember not riding. She loves her beautiful but green horse, True Blue, but is stuck at an impasse training him. Her time is constrained even more when she is tapped to ride Pie in the Sky, a prize jumper whose owner, Sophia, no longer wants to ride. While working with Pie, Abby realizes how much she loves riding and how important it is to her to do something she's passionate about. Sophia recovers her desire to ride after seeing Abby having so much fun on Pie. Abby also learns lessons about pride and the importance of family and friends. Her relationships with her family are well drawn, but her friends are one-dimensional and often introduced without explanation. The northern California setting and late-1960s time frame seem tacked on-they are not important to the story. Abby does much thinking and internal reasoning, making this a very character-centered novel. The book contains many details for horse-crazy readers, and the intended audience will probably be familiar with the specialized equestrian vocabulary frequently used. Purchase for fans of the first book.-Lisa Crandall, Capital Area District Library, Holt, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Tween girls with a passion for horseback riding, or horses in general, will find a wholesome and credible peer in ninth-grader Abby Lovitt, who was first introduced to readers in The Georges and the Jewels (2009). Abby’s narration sticks closely to her experiences growing up in well-described Carmel, California, ranch country in the late 1960s. As she shares horse wisdom with newer riders, she learns that she, too, has a way to go before claiming expertise, especially about what care and training her beloved horse, Blue, needs. Smiley’s extensive, quickly introduced cast of characters may overwhelm some readers, but those who are horse-hungry will easily overlook this and eagerly follow Abby’s adventures, foibles, and fresh insights in the arena, along with her feelings and questions as some of her old friends leave and potentially new ones appear in her world. Grades 4-8. --Francisca Goldsmith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Im not one for reading, but this book is so good!!
Patricia Gregory
Well written horse book for teen girls, enjoyable for adults as well.
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I don't give a book 5 stars very often, however, I love this series.
Dr. Cornelia Lind

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry D. Morrison on October 27, 2012
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This is a great book for young people, I'm actually not all that young in years anymore but I enjoyed it very much anyway. It remonds me of the type of books I read when I was younger so I very much enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Livingstone Pokora on July 10, 2013
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Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winner for her retelling of Shakespeare's _King Lear_, has successfully created a series of fun reads, mostly targeting middle school girls who are interested in horses. I teach English in a college preparatory school and am always looking for fun reads for students. Realistic problems, strong problem-solving protagonist, quality writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cornelia Lind on February 24, 2014
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I don't give a book 5 stars very often, however, I love this series. A great description of a very different life in the 60s. I can honestly say that I learn a lot about horses. Within the story it gives ideas about how to understand horses, describes training methods, teaches about their nature, and more. And all that within an easy read. In addition I really like, that the main character is not a heroin, but a very hard trying and loveable girl.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By candie53 on December 11, 2012
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if you enjoy horse stories you will enjoy this-once you start its hard to put it down till you finish the chapter.
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By 50 Pound Limit on May 24, 2014
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This was a good story but less about horses and riding and a lot more about people. I would read additional books in the series though.
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I came upon The Georges and The Jewels in my local library nit realizing that it was the first in a series. I've since read A Good Horse and True Blue.
These are Young Adult books and I am an old adult but I read books like this as a young girl and they're timeless.
Abby is a sensitive character and the horses are her world.
I hope Jane Smiley keeps adding to this series.
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