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Andie Perez is the newest firebrand to join Foxhall Academy. Then she meets an equally stubborn mare and realizes that she'll have to tame herself before she can go about taming her horse.
Andie can't wait for the upcoming Parents' Weekend to show off Magic, a horse she hopes her father will buy for her, but a freak accident convinces Andie's father that Magic is too dangerous.
The four roommates in Suite 4B at Foxhall Academy -- Jina, Lauren, Andie, and Mary Beth -- don't always agree on everything. But they all love horses! And what can beat living with your friends at a school with a super riding program?
A dramatic story featuring a young Nebraska girl who discovers the courage to save others during a life-threatening snowstorm. It is 1888 and twelve-year-old Anna loves life on the Nebraska prairie where she lives with her parents and four-year-old brother in a simple sod house. She doesn't mind helping out with chores on her family's farm, especially when she is herding sheep with her beloved pony, Top Hat. Here, on the open prairie, Anna feels at home in the world. But at school she feels hopelessly out of place. Arithmetic is too hard, her penmanship is abysmal, and stuck-up Eloise Baxter always laughs at her mistakes. When a fierce blizzard suddenly kicks up on a mild winter day, Anna, her schoolmates, and young teacher, Miss Simmons, become trapped in the one-room schoolhouse. The kerosene is gone and the wood for the stove is low. Then the wind tears away the roof and door. Anna knows they must escape before it is too late. Does she have the courage and strength to lead the others through the whiteout to safety? Author Alison Hart offers young readers a dramatic story of rescue and survival set in a nineteenth century homesteading community and featuring a plucky, determined protagonist. An author's note provides more information about prairie life in the late nineteenth century and about the great storm that hit Nebraska in 1888, now known as "The School Children's Blizzard."
In the Vermont spring of 1853, Bell's Star, a Morgan horse, and his owner Katie rescue a runaway slave and try to outwit the slave catchers in order to help her to freedom.
Four roommates at a boarding school with a riding program prepare for an upcoming horse show.
Twelve-year-old Rose sets out to prove her brother's innocence when he is accused of shooting a politician during a Wild West show performance in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1886.
ABBY IS FREE FROM SLAVERY BUT NOT FROM THE SECRETS OF HER PAST. . . It's 1865 in the conquered South and things are not as they were before the war. Thirteen-year-old Abby Joyner still lives on the plantation where she was raised but she and her grandparents are free now and continue on for a small salary. One thing is the same as it has always been, though -- Abby does not know what became of her mother. Why won't anyone tell her? Abby is determined to find the truth behind her disappearance. But answers are few and she is about to discover that, like freedom, the truth is harder to come by than she could have imagined.
Jina's thrilled to be bringing her roommates home with her for Thanksgiving break -- and for the annual Middlefield Foxhunt. She and Andie can't wait to ride to hounds, but Mary Beth is horrified: What about the poor fox? She and Lauren launch a full-scale protest against fox hunting -- and soon it's an all-out war at Middlefield!
The year is 1864 and twelve-year-old Gabriel hopes to one day become a famous jockey. Although he is the son of a free black father and a slave mother -- making him a slave as well -- he loves to help his father, one of the best horse trainers in Kentucky, care for the thoroughbred racehorses on Master Giles's farm. But the violence of war disrupts the familiar routine of daily life on the farm. One-Arm Dan Parmer and his band of Confederate raiders are threatening area farms and stealing horses. When Gabriel's father enlists in a Colored Battalion to help the Union Army and earn enough money to purchase freedom for his wife and son, Gabriel is both proud and worried. But the absence of his father brings the arrival of Mr. Newcastle, a white horse trainer with harsh, cruel methods for handling horses... and people. Now it is up to Gabriel to protect the horses he loves from Mr. Newcastle and keep them safely out of the clutches of One-Arm Dan and his men. Author Alison Hart mines the complex relationships between white and black, slave and master, Unionist and Confederate, and old and young in this gripping work of historical fiction.
In the final book of the "Racing to Freedom" trilogy, ex-slave Gabriel leaves behind a successful horse racing career to join his parents at Camp Nelson, where his father is a Sergeant in the Fifth U.S. Colored Calvary of the Union Army. Twelve-year-old Gabriel is too young to join the regiment as a soldier, but finds a job as personal groom to Champion, the unruly horse that belongs to Col. Waite, the white commander. When the Calvary receives orders to join white regiments in an attack on the Virginia salt works, Gabriel surreptitiously gets a hold of a horse and a uniform and joins the troops. But being a soldier is a lot harder than he imagined. Bad, weather, rough riding, dwindling supplies, and blatant racism wear heavily on his spirit. When his father and Col. Waite are not among the weary and wounded who return from battle, Gabriel mounts Champion and rides to the battlefield in search of them.
The year is 1864 and twelve-year-old Gabriel, a recently freed slave, is making a name for himself throughout the state of Kentucky. With his competitive spirit and natural talent for racing horses, Gabriel is burning up the horse track -- and stacking up wins for his former master, Mister Giles. When Mister Giles asks him to ride Aristo, a powerful but unpredictable horse, in the prestigious Saratoga Chase, Gabriel jumps at the chance to compete against some of the greatest jockeys in the business. But as soon as he begins the journey to Saratoga with Aristo by boxcar, he finds that high-stakes horse racing can be a nasty business. Gabriel also learns the difficult lesson that being freed is not the same as being free. Now Gabriel has more on his mind than winning the race. He must keep Master Giles's horse safe and fend off trouble from horse poachers and jealous jockeys. More than ever, Gabriel misses his father, who is fighting with the Union Army. Who else can he trust?
The four roommates in Suite 4B at Foxhall Academy -- Jina, Lauren, Andie, and Mary Beth -- don't always agree on everything. But they all love horses! And what can beat living with your friends at a school with a super riding program. In this mystery story, the girlfriends vacation at a working ranch in Colorado.
For all lovers of horses and history, it's the next book in the popular Horse Diaries series. Born in California at the start of the Great Depression, Risky Chance is a gray thoroughbred who was born to race. Life at the track and being spoiled by his jockey's young daughter, Marie, is all Chance could ask for. He loves nothing more than running fast and winning. But after an accident, Chance discovers a side of horse racing that has little to do with glory.Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about thoroughbreds, horse racing, and the Great Depression.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Vermont, 1850s Bell's Star is a brown Morgan colt with a white star and two white stockings. He was bred for hard work, yet he longs to run free with his human friend, Katie, on his back. But when Star helps rescue a runaway slave girl, his ideas about freedom may change forever. Here is Star's story . . . in his own words. With exciting and knowledgeable text and lovely black-and-white art throughout--both by real horse owners--Horse Diaries are the perfect fit for all lovers of horses and history! From the Hardcover edition.
The four roommates in Suite 4B at Foxhall Academy -- Jina, Lauren, Andie, and Mary Beth -- don't always agree on everything. But they all love horses! And what can beat living with your friends at a school with a super riding program.
Jina deserves a blue ribbon for patience after her own horse is sidelined and she agrees to show a pony named Applejacks -- with a sour disposition -- and help out his seven-year-old owner, Whitney, who constantly demands attention.
Lauren sees Melanie Harden "training" Whisper and accuses her of abusing her. And now she sets off to save Whisper from being abused.
Spunky Laren Remick is everyone's best friend, the suite's cheerleader, and sometimes peacemaker. But when the girls receive their mid-semester grades, she isn't sure she'll be allowed to continue at Foxhall. To Lauren's relief, her adviser suggests a student tutor, Courtney Stewart. At first, Lauren idolizes the smart, popular girl. But then she finds out that Courtney isn't so perfect, after all.
It all started with one mysterious briefcase. When Allie's father dies, her half sister, Kat, is left in charge of his detective agency -- and of Allie. Despite the many changes in her life, Allie can't help being excited by the possibility of being close to some real private-eye adventures, the kind she is always daydreaming about. So when a man comes to the agency asking Kat to guard his briefcase, it looks like Allie will get her chance to investigate.
Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Nominee Best Juvenile Novel<P>After assaulting the owner of the horse farm where she works, thirteen-year-old Jasmine Schuler must face the inside of a courtroom and then juvenile hall. <P>Jas knows no one will believe her defense -- that the man she attacked had poisoned Whirlwind, the mare she loved. Wealthy horse owner Hugh Robicheaux is powerful enough to shift all blame to Jas's grandfather. But Jas refuses to give up. After the judge pronounces her guilty of assault and puts her into foster care at Second Chance, a farm for abused animals, she remains determined to prove her charge against Hugh. <P>The key becomes a scrawny brown gelding she rescues at a horse auction. She's sure Shadow is somehow connected to the mare she lost, but how?<P>Deftly written by a teacher and equestrian who has authored over 50 books, this heartwarming and inspiring novel will have special appeal for mystery fans as well as young horse lovers.
Molly is enjoying a visit to Granny and Granpa's peaceful farm in the summer of 1944. But when Aunt Eleanor flies in for a visit, she unknowingly brings trouble-- and a frightening mystery. Molly looks for clues, but she discovers something else ... that even on the home front, wartime changes friends and family forever.
Outside, the temperature is dropping, but inside, things are really heating up! Mary Beth and Lauren are vying for the same horse and the same boy and their bickering is driving Andie and Jina nuts. When Lauren moves out of Suite 4B, her roommates soon realize they want her back. But now she's disappeared!
Here is the much-begged-for sequel toShadow Horse. With a feisty female protagonist, a little romance, a lot of mystery, and a barnful of animals just waiting to be loved, this young adult horse mystery novel will have young girls galloping to the bookstore to grab their copy. When thirteen-year-old Jas Schuler found her beloved mare Whirlwind dead in her padlock, she thought her heart would break. But now Jas knows the truth: Whirlwind is alive! Wealthy horse breeder Hugh Robicheaux faked the mare's death, collected insurance money, then sold her to an unsuspecting buyer. And he's going to get away with his crime, too-unless someone can find Whirlwind. And that's exactly what Jas plans to do. But hunting for Whirlwind is dangerous. Hugh has threatened to destroy everything Jas holds dear unless she stops her search. As she struggles with her desire to find Whirlwind without endangering the people she loves, Jas must ask herself: Should she risk so much for a horse she may never find? This heartfelt YA novel by a highly regarded equestrian author will have young readers chomping at the bit for more.
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