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A Pulitzer Prize winner makes her debut for young listeners. Abby Lovitt has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, but Daddy hasn't let her name a single one. He calls all their geldings George and their mares Jewel and warns her not to get attached. The horses are there on the ranch to be sold, plain and simple. But with all the stress at school (the Big Four - Linda, Mary A., Mary N., Joan - have turned against her) and home (nothing feels right with her brother, Danny, gone), Abby can't help but seek comfort in the Georges and the Jewels, who greet her every day with soft nickers. Except for one: the horse who won't meet her gaze, the horse who bucks her off, the horse Daddy insists she ride and train. Abby knows not to cross her father, but she knows, too, that she can't get back on Ornery George. And suddenly the horses seem like no refuge at all.

From Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley comes an emotionally charged and action-filled novel for young listeners, set in the vibrant landscape of 1960s California horse country.

©2009 Jane Smiley (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Thoroughly enjoyed it

It is really written for a teen girl audience, but the focus is on the girl's life with the horses on her family farm. The horsemanship is solid & the characters are well-crafted if not always likable. That's life. The audible performance was good, very appropriate to the character voicing the story.

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Enjoyed it!!!

I really liked the story, narrator and the horsemanship! I plan to listen to the next one in the series.

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Great for the horse crazy...

As a equine veterinarian, a boarding stable owner, and a retired semi-professional trainer, I found this book to be engaging, encouraging, and accurate in oh so many ways! Jane Smileys lyrical descriptions make this story come to life. Middle school drama and the challenges of a passionately religious family life weaves the hard work of horse training into a cohesive story.

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Horse stories

loved listening to this. I'm a truck driver and it helped me through a couple of long nights. even my Co driver loved it .