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Under a Different Sky Paperback – November 23, 1998

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Grade 7 Up. Troubled and disliked by almost everyone she encounters, wealthy Lara McGrath arrives at her new Pennsylvania boarding school determined to repeat the behavior that got her expelled from six previous institutions. Meanwhile, Ben Stahler and his family are desperately trying to hold onto their nearby farm, making ends meet by boarding some of the student's horses. The only joy in Ben's life is his horse, Galaxy. From the first time Lara sees Ben riding Galaxy, she understands that the relationship between the animal and his owner is exceptional. Ben's natural talent is undeniable, and Lara begins to focus on something besides her own unhappy life and tries to help him realize his dream to become an Olympic rider. Ben is also drawn to Lara, but in spite of all of his care and understanding, her troubles are too complex to be easily resolved. Only after an attempted suicide does she begin to receive the professional help she needs. Possessing talent and intelligence, both teens are interesting characters who deal with difficult family issues. The story is compelling and somewhat melodramatic, especially concerning Ben's self-taught dressage training and Olympic aspirations. However, the lore of an extraordinary animal in the tradition of Walter Farley's The Black Stallion is endlessly fascinating and appealing, and the struggle of two young people toward healing and attaining their dreams should sustain readers' interest.?Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 7^-10. When he dares let himself dream, Ben can envision himself as an Olympic competitor astride his magnificent stallion Galaxy. More likely, however, he'll finish out his vo-tech high-school stint, work at Hawley's Garage, and stay put forever in his poor rural Pennsylvania community. Enter mysterious Lara McGrath, new student at exclusive Huntingdon Prep. The neighboring school leases some of Ben's family's farm to board horses and clearly would like to buy the land and spiff it up--heightening the tension between Ben's parents over whether or not to sell. Troubled Lara has been dumped off at the school, as she has at others in the past, and is obsessed with figuring out how she can get booted from this awful place as well. The two outsider teens' paths collide, and a rocky but steadfast relationship slowly builds. Savage's story is engrossing, believable, and beautifully written. Lara can see through her own anger and rejection long enough to help Ben focus on important dreams, and he, in turn, can break away from the shackles of a grim home life and limited future to encourage her gifted photographer's eye. There are no quick-fix happy endings here, just a fine combo of coming-of-age, love, and horse story. Anne O'Malley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (November 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698116976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698116979
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,802,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was NOT attracted to this book by its cover art. But once I began reading the opening scene in which Ben's horse is born, I fell in love with Ben's sensitive character and kept on reading. I'm glad that I did. I found the story thoroughly engaging, especially since I couldn't decide whether or not I would EVER like Lara, and why on EARTH Ben does. Give this one a shot. It's a treasure.
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By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Laura McGrath may not be many people's favorite characters, but she's mine, because she portrays a lost soul who needs help figuring out what to do with life. Ben helps her find herself and he is a really nice and sensitive person to deal with Laura, because most people would just pass her off as a somebody's daughter who is nobody and probably won't become anything but a girl out on a street.
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By A Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book on a spontaneous library visit, and I read it in one day. I was completely awed by the character of Lara McGrath... I saw myself in her and everything she did. Ben was noble to fall in love with someone like her, who is so hard to love. But "Under a Different Sky" gave me hope that people like Lara and I aren't in fact hateful creatures. We are people that can be loved.
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Although at times, the story strained credibility, the first chapter was written so gorgeously and flawlessly, that I stuck with it to the end.

It strongly reminded me of "One On One" by Tabitha King, only that book I would describe as R-rated. Both were similar, however: delinquent, wild child girl with artistic aspirations meets nice sensible boy who's trying to find an escape hatch to progress beyond his humble origins. While I felt the author did a good job with Ben, at times I felt that she didn't have any more of a handle on Lara than the Lara character herself did. Though this may, of course, been intentional.

A few things bothered me: Was it really necessary to make such a point of saying that Ben had no tack? Nothing in the way she presented the riding school people led me to believe that they would care if he simply borrowed some (surely they need it for the riders without their own mounts?) Nitpicking? Perhaps.

Also I wish the writer had bothered to nail down what time period this story took place in. Going on the clothing and speaking style, I assumed it was in the present, and (guess I'm getting really nitpicky) I couldn't figure out why Lara wouldn't use the Internet to track down her birth mother.

Then and again, I think way too much about these things, and I liked the book.
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Format: Hardcover
Savage interprets exactly what its like to be a teenager of a different race or background, while adding the excitement and spontanaety to make this a one of a kind page-turner
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