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A Child Study Association of America Book of the Year: Lily's beloved horse Beware is sick--can Lily save her? <P> Something's wrong with Beware. Lily knows the minute she spies the mare standing under the trees, the way Beware does in summer to get away from the heat. But today there's no shade beneath the bare branches, and it's freezing out. When Lily calls for her, Beware doesn't come trotting over. She doesn't move, even when Lily offers her an apple core. She isn't injured, because Lily can't find any cuts or bruises on her. But when Lily tells her to walk, Beware's back legs buckle and she nearly falls down! <P> Beware is sick, but she has no fever and is still eating a little bit. The vet makes a diagnosis, but the treatments don't help. Surgery may be the only answer. But it's expensive--and dangerous. Will Beware survive? Lily needs more than hopes and prayers--she needs a miracle: Somehow, she has to find a way to save her.
An untamed horse has run away--can Lily and Beware find him and bring him home? <P> After a storm scatters all the livestock on her grandparents' farm, Lily discovers that Gramp's wild black Morgan is missing. Stogie's a horse with a mind of his own, and when he runs, no one can ever catch him. <P> Stogie may be boss of the other animals on the farm, but he's afraid of people. And a frightened horse is a dangerous one. Lily's determined to find the black Morgan and bring him home before he ends up getting hurt--or shot. Since no one can catch Stogie, no one can lead him. But Lily brings a rope anyway. As she and Beware set off on their search, she tries to put herself in Stogie's shoes to figure out where he would go. Then she gets an idea . . . <P> Can she and Beware find and catch Stogie before it's too late?
Named to the Sequoyah Award Master List: Experienced rider Lily is ready for a real horse--will Beware the mare bring her good or bad luck? <P> The bright-eyed bay mare in the truck looks very small. Lily's grandfather brought her home to their Vermont farm as a present for Lily. She's shaggy, her mane is tangled, and she looks as if she hasn't been brushed in a long time. To Lily, she's beautiful. <P> But Lily has to solve the mystery of her name. Why is she called Beware? And why did Gramp get her so cheap? Is something wrong with her? Lily can't imagine what--she's already crazy about the little bay. The test will be when Lily takes her out for her first ride. What will happen then? <P> This charming story of a girl and her pony will capture the hearts of horse-crazy young readers everywhere.
Jane loves ponies. Luckily her Grandma Aggie has two. SweetPea is old and gentle. Jane learns how to ride on her. Popcorn--who was born on the same day as Jane--is young and energetic.<P> Popcorn loves to jump and go fast, and Jane wants nothing more than to ride a pony who'll jump and go fast. Popcorn and Jane are perfect for each other. Or are they? Both of them like to get their own way. And neither is prepared for what will happen when they start to ride together...
Named to the West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List: In the first horse show with her new mare, Lily competes against her best friend for the blue ribbon <P> Today's the big day. Lily and her horse, Beware, are going to compete in the junior horse show. Lily's best friend, Mandy, is also in the competition, riding her horse, Shane. When Lily and her mother and grandfather arrive, Mandy looks so grown up, like a rider in a magazine. And with his shining copper coat, Shane looks just like a show horse. Worried that Beware looks shaggy next to Shane, Lily brushes her until she's sleek and polished. <P> Then it's time for Lily to get ready. She puts on her breeches and boots and tries to remember everything her grandfather taught her about riding. Will Lily and Beware walk away with the blue? And will Lily and Mandy still be best friends when it's over?
Phin Chase was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now he's witness to a murder, and he must run fast and far to escape the Sleepers-the secretive, powerful organization responsible for the crime. With only his own wits to rely on, Phin hops a train to flee his small town. But there's a mysterious man on his trail-a man with a horse that tracks like a bloodhound. He could be working for the Sleepers . . . or he could be working against them. But Phin can't risk finding out. Even if Phin manages to turn the tables on his pursuer, neither hunter nor quarry can imagine what will happen when they inevitably collide.
"Don't be afraid. The house is afire." It's spring in Vermont, in 1948. A fire has started in an isolated farmhouse, and eight-year-old Patty is the first to discover it. Help is slow to come.<P> Patty and her family must save themselves, and save their animals. Jessie Haas's family history is as rich and powerful as any work of fiction, and she tells it with suspense and sensitivity. "Fire!" is the story of her parents' struggle and survival, and of life in Vermont fifty years ago.
A VOYA Poetry Pick: Award-winning author Jessie Haas takes readers on a ride back in time to celebrate the special bond between horses and humans "We have all been changed by the horse, for better and worse." --Jessie Haas Jessie Haas travels back sixty-five million years--from 5000 BCE to the present day--in 104 poems about our equine friends. Horses have shared some of the most significant moments in human history. In these lyrical and poignant pieces--some written from the horse's point of view--readers will meet chariot racers, knights' steeds, horse whisperers, even Pegasus, the winged horse. In one moving poem, a compassionate colt befriends a lonely man; in another, a starving soldier shares a meal with his mount. Whether it's the thundering herd of Genghis Khan or a Dutch farmer shielding his horse from the Nazis, these transportive free-verse poems reveal how horses have influenced and enriched our lives. Hoofprints is an awe-inspiring journey through history as we gallop alongside horse and rider and experience "the mid-air moment" when "everything may yet / turn out all right." This ebook includes a bibliography and a glossary of equine terminology.
In the sequel to Keeping Barney, Sarah's finally going to get her own horse, but there are too many to choose from--and she wants one just like Barney <P> With his broad chest, round rump, and short legs, Barney looks more like a Shetland pony than a big half-Morgan. And his coat is as woolly as a bear's. But thirteen-year-old Sarah loves him to pieces. Caring for him while his owner, Missy, was away at college took work, but eventually, she and the gelding bonded. Now Sarah's folks have promised her a horse of her very own. But Sarah's dad is writing his second novel, her mom is busy tutoring, and Sarah's best friend, Jill, is stuck babysitting. Facing a long, boring summer, Sarah is thrilled when Missy volunteers to help her look for her dream horse. <P> Sarah wants a Morgan just like Barney. Eventually, she narrows it down to two: powerful, spirited Roy or lovable old Thunder, who's bound for the auction block if nobody buys him. Which one should she choose?
The only thing twins Fran and Kiera have ever agreed on is that it would be wonderful to own a pony -- a pony they could gallop and leap over jumps.<P> One day their father brings them Jigsaw, a Shetland pony who needs a new family. Jigsaw is the perfect pony. He can do anything -- even fit himself into Dad's station wagon for the ride home.<P> But with Jigsaw comes trouble. The more Fran and Kiera like something, the harder it is for them to share. And they love Jigsaw. Worse, Jigsaw won't gallop far and he won't leap more than a couple of jumps. Is something wrong with the way the twins ride? Or is something wrong with Jigsaw?
More than anything else, Sarah wants a horse of her own. For years, she has dreamed about how it would be to have one -- how she would ride it and take care of it and love it. Now, her dream seems possible. Her family has moved to the country, and there's a large empty barn near their house. If only her parents would give her the money!<P> Then Sarah meets Missy who's going away to college and needs someone to take care of her beautiful, half-Morgan, Barney. And she doesn't want any money; in fact, she'll pay Sarah to board him. Sarah can hardly believe her good luck.<P> But Barney is not what Sarah had in mind -- he's stubborn, old, and set in his ways. There's a constant battle between them. And before Sarah learns to love Barney just the way he is -- instead of hating him for not being her dream horse -- it could be too late...
Radish is a feisty pony - and the best teacher Judy has ever had. He teaches her how to ride, and how to go fast and far, and even how to fall off. But most of all, he teaches her to be patient. And when Judy outgrows him, he teaches Nina all the same things, and most of all, how to be brave. But girls grow, and ponies stay the same size. What will Radish do with no one to bully - and to teach? It takes his running away for Judy and Nina to find the perfect solution, one that keeps Radish from being outgrown ever again! 56 pages
A Golden Kite Honor Book: A boy grieving the loss of his dog meets a man who can transform the lives of animals--and people<P> Chad Holloway feels estranged from his entire family. His tantrum-throwing older sister, Julia, and baby brother, Sky, drive him crazy. His parents don't understand him at all. And ever since his grandfather shot Chad's dog Shep, they haven't been speaking to each other, even though Jeep says it was a mercy killing. Queenie, the new puppy Jeep bought to make amends, will never replace Shep. Not even close. <P> Chad has no idea how he's going to get through this summer. Then he meets his new neighbor. David Burton is a shaper--a dog trainer who changes animals' behavior using positive reinforcement. He hires Chad as his assistant and suddenly, things start to happen. Chad uses Queenie as a guinea pig to try out David's techniques. Except Chad starts to feel like he's the one being shaped. And he really likes David's daughter Louise, a dancer who's a year older than Chad. They're helping him to heal and believe in life's wonderful possibilities. Will he be able to forgive his grandfather and find a place in his eccentric family?
From award-winning author Jessie Haas, nine interconnected tales about kids and their love of animalsIn "The Wake," fifteen-year-old Kris tries to comfort her great-aunt Mil, who is grief stricken over the death of Puttins, her old cat and longtime companion. With her grave, golden-brown eyes and long, graceful paws, "The Greyhound" is almost human . . . and Kris's friend Phillip is determined to save this special, endangered dog. Even if her father doesn't understand her love of animals, Kris realizes that your "Extended Family" can be as big as you want it to be, including cherished pets and not just your (sometimes unlovable) blood ties. "Horse Man" is James MacLiesh, who believes he was "bred to ride," just as horses were "bred to be ridden." And in the title story, James is torn between loyalty to his faithful horse Robbie and his dreams of glory with a sleek, majestic steed named Avatar. Everything changes when horse and rider get lost and James has to depend on Robbie, whose ancient animal understanding lights the trail home and leads them to a surprising destination. These and the other stories in this collection illuminate the powerful, enduring bond between animals and people.
Named to the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Master List: A fifteen-year-old copes with a parent's imminent death by nurturing two orphaned kittens in the New England countryside<P> Philip Johnson has recently moved with his mother and terminally ill father from his beloved midwestern farm to a New England suburb. He works part time at the local clinic, where he helps the vet put down sick or abandoned animals. What he really wants is to save them, the way he did the endangered greyhound he found a home for with his friend Kris. <P> When a litter of discarded kittens are scheduled to be euthanized, he rescues them--only this time, there's no one to take them in. Hiding the kittens from his family, Philip brings them to an abandoned cottage in the woods. He starts cutting classes to care for them, determined to keep them alive as winter approaches. <P> A novel about a kid who feels alienated from his family, his new community, and most of all, himself, Skipping School is about finding hope and never giving up, even in the face of insurmountable odds.
A Publishers Weekly Best Book and Parents Choice Gold Award: Following her mother's death, a thirteen-year-old has to adjust to life on a farm--and tame a wild young colt<P> It's 1910, and Harriet Gibson, orphaned by the death of her mother in a horse-and-buggy accident, is sent to live on a relative's hillside Vermont farm with her two-year-old colt. Grieving her loss, Harry now has to adjust to a new life and make new friends. And Aunt Sarah is a harsh taskmaster. <P> Desperate to get away from her stern, domineering aunt, Harry decides to break in her untrained young Morgan so she can ride the seven miles to her new school. But an accident will force Harry to adapt once more as she makes surprising discoveries about her aunt . . . and a family secret comes to light. <P> This is a stunning novel about love, loss, and blood ties--and about how even when the heart is shattered, the human spirit remains unbroken.
Named to the Bluebonnet Award and Mark Twain Award Master Lists: Cole isn't happy about his great-uncle coming to live with his family... until Daney's in danger of losing his beloved horse<P> Cole Tatro has never met his great-uncle Daney. But after he's injured in a logging accident, he comes to live with Cole's family on their Vermont farm. Cole isn't sure how he's going to feel about having a stranger around all the time. Then he meets Daney's horse, Nip. <P> A big red workhorse with a tousled blond mane and a sleepy face, Nip is the pride of Daney's life. Except Daney no longer has a job. Cole's parents work hard--his dad at a paper mill and his mom sewing doll dresses at a local factory--but they aren't sure they have the money to take care of Nip. That's when Daney comes up with the perfect solution. But he'll need Cole's help to carry it out. <P> Uncle Daney's Way is a story of grit, determination, and one family's ingenuity in the face of hardship.
Based on real-life events, a gripping historical novel from award-winning young adult author Jessie Haas <P> To Sue Gorham, life in Westminster West isn't fair, not at all. It isn't fair that she has to do most of the backbreaking chores on their Vermont farm while her sister, Clare, gets to take exotic vacations with their wealthy aunt. It all started when Clare, who's a year older than Sue, got sick. That was three years ago. Now, Clare is a chronic invalid too fragile to leave the house. One day Sue finds a diary in the attic, written by her father after he came home from the Civil War. After reading it, Sue suddenly falls ill. The sisters switch places as Sue becomes bedridden and Clare takes over her chores. That is, until the arsonist who's been burning barns in their close-knit parish community strikes again--and this time, it's the Gorham farm. <P> Based on real-life incidents in the author's hometown, Westminster West vividly recreates rural life during the 1800s as it tells a moving and intriguing story of family, community, and sibling rivalry.
Mad Parker has just graduated from eighth grade, where she had nearly perfected the art of becoming invisible, unnoticed, gone--to teachers, to classmates, to her mother, almost to herself. Now she is spending the summer (a summer of Three Rs: riding, reading, rotting) with her grandmother, the Powerful Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The Powerful Chair thinks that dancing--Scottish country dancing, to be exact--will help Mad get over her shyness. Torture? That's what Mad thinks. Is there really any point in going to the Chair's weekly dance class? In the meantime Mad has other things to worry about. Her horse has developed cow-phobia, e-mail indicates she may be losing her best friend, and being in her parents' hometown brings back thoughts of her father--L.G., he's called, for Long Gone, or G.R., for Good Riddance. But when the Chair gets involved in a highly publicized environmental controversy, politics and, yes, Scottish dance show Mad the way courage grows. And the surprising places new-grown courage can take you.
James MacLiesh shocks his conventional parents when he chooses to work with horses instead of going to college--can he make it happen?<P> Bucking his parents--and tradition--seventeen-year-old James MacLiesh decides he wants to be a horse trainer. When he arrives at his cousins' farm, James enters a world completely different from that of his privileged, boarding-school upbringing. Not quite prepared for the rambling, ramshackle old house, he knows he made the right decision the minute he goes into the barn. The horses are magnificent. Ghazal, an obedient if aloof white stallion, is to be James's first training project. But first, James has to re-train himself. <P> Taking place over four seasons and filled with appealing characters--James's uncle Tom and second cousin Gloria, and a riding student named Jennifer Bascomb--Working Trot is about following your dreams and sticking to them no matter what.