Horses of Oak Valley Ranch

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

The Georges and the Jewels Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Georges and the Jewels

    • Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 1
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals 
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyed it

    • By C Bismuth on 05-21-17

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • A Good Horse

    • The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 2
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    When eighth grader Abby Lovitt looks out at those pure-gold rolling hills, she knows there's no place she'd rather be than her family's ranch - even with all the hard work of tending to nine horses. But some chores are no work at all, like grooming young Jack. At eight months, his rough foal coat has shed out, leaving a smooth, rich silk, like chocolate. As for Black George, such a good horse, it turns out he's a natural jumper.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I can share with my granddaughters

    • By Beanie on 08-06-16

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • True Blue

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family's ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a home: his owner - a woman brand new to the riding stable - was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has claimed him. Daddy is wary, as always. But Abby is smitten. True Blue is a sweetheart, and whenever Abby calls out, "Blue, Blue, how are you?" he whinnies back. But sometimes True Blue seems... spooked. He paces, and always seems to be looking for something.

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 4

    • Pie in the Sky

    • Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 4
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will ride her horse?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • pretty good especially for young teens

    • By Tracey Cimikowski on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • Gee Whiz

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Gee Whiz is a striking horse, and only part of that is because of his size. He is tall, but also graceful, yet his strides big but precise. At the same time, he keeps his eye on things, not as if he's suspicious, but as if he's curious. When Abby is confronted with an onslaught of reminders of just how little of the world she has seen, she finds herself connecting with Gee Whiz's calm and curious nature, and his desire to know more.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
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    • By Frank Fogl on 06-10-17

    Regular price: $24.49