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Jodie's Journey Hardcover – October, 1990

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A disease cripples an active girl in this downbeat yet life-affirming story. Jodie, 13, glories in winning jumper competitions on her beloved horse, Monarch. However, she begins to experience mysterious pain, which is eventually diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis. The spirited Monarch remains in her life as a friend and inspiration, although Jodie must sit on the sidelines watching another girl ride and show the horse. The story's events focus on how Jodie manages to cope with her debilitating condition. Although the book isn't a tearjerker, it will affect readers. They will fume over the insensitivity of some of Jodie's acquaintances, who do not understand the pain she suffers. And they will admire her courage when she (and Monarch) survive a catastrophic firestorm that devastates their Australian town. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library , NM
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Colin Thiele is Australia's most distinguished writer for children and has been a leading award-winning author for over forty years. His books have sold in multiple editions around the world, and have been made into films, TV series, plays and picture books over the last three decades. He has published more than 100 books in his career, including the multi-award-winning Storm Boy, The Sun on the Stubble and Blue Fin. He has won numerous Australian and international awards over the years; most recently a Special Award from the NSW Premier's Awards (1997), the Dromkeen Medal (1998) and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of SA (1999). His previous Lothian books are Jodie's Journey, Landslide, Wendy's Whale, With Dew on my Boots, The Sea Caves and Pannikin and Pinta. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st American ed edition (October 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060261323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060261320
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,554,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
Jodies Journey is an excellent book for anyone over the age of 10. Jodie is a a 12 year old girl who is an excellent horse rider. Not long after winning a riding competition Jodie finds out she has rheumatoid arthritis. She will never be able to ride her beloved horse Monarch again. This book is set in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. Jodie has many challenges to over come one of them being surviving the Ash Wednesday bush fires and keeping Monarch out of danger. Colin Thiele is a excellent author and I recommend strongly that you read this incredible story of a young girl fighting a crippling disease.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is great. Jodie is a very strong little girl. She has a horse named Monarch and she feels they are soul mates. They compete in jumping contest and win quite a few. One day her hands and knees started hurting her. The pain got worse and worse until one day she went to the doctor. The doctor told her she had rheumatoid arthritis. Jodie was crushed that she would never ride again. She is put in a wheelchair and has to learn how to live again. This book tells all of her adventures and how strong she is. I could not put it down. I would recommend anyone reads it.
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A Kid's Review on February 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Jodies journey is great. Jodie is a girl who loves horseriding, but during a competition something goes terribly wrong. She can never horseride again. But that dosont stop her determination to be a normal girl. By Paul.
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This is a great book and is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good solid story with a believable characters. Colin Thiele is one of the greatest authors ever to come out of Australia and this book is a true reflection of the quality of his work. It will be long remembered by those who read it.
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By A Customer on June 19, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Written by Colin Thiele, Jodies Journey is a book that children from 7 years old to adults 120 years old will all enjoy with the same enthusiasm.
It is about Jodie, a girl who has just won a big riding competition, getting arthritus. Her feelings are explained well, just as if the writer was Jodie,writing an auto-biography. Her pain is felt by the reader.
I have been a fan of Colin Thiele for years, and I still read this book as often as I can.
My name is Elizabeth and I am 12 years old. I've read the book and recomended it to mum, who loved it as well
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