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Abby Lovitt has always been more at ease with horses than with people. Her father insists they call all the mares "Jewel" and all the geldings "George" and warns Abby not to get attached: the horses are there to be sold. But with all the stress at school (the Big Four have turned against Abby and her friends) and home (her brother Danny is gone-for good, it seems-and now DAbby Lovitt has always been more at ease with horses than with people. Her father insists they call all the mares "Jewel" and all the geldings "George" and warns Abby not to get attached: the horses are there to be sold. But with all the stress at school (the Big Four have turned against Abby and her friends) and home (her brother Danny is gone-for good, it seems-and now Daddy won't speak his name), Abby seeks refuge with the Georges and the Jewels. But there's one gelding on her family's farm that gives her no end of trouble: the horse who won't meet her gaze, the horse who bucks her right off every chance he gets, the horse her father makes her ride and train, every day. She calls him the Ornery George....

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Nobody's Horse Reviews

  • Jacqueline
    2019-03-08 02:42

    Didn't make it all the way through this book. I stopped about half way. Reasons: by the middle of the story I should have had an idea of the main thrust of the story. The "why I should keep reading" element. Didn't see it. Plus there was an awful lot of religion being shoved down my throat. I've read literally hundreds of horse stories in my life. Never have I felt the need for a dose of Christianity with my barn dirt. The actual horse bits were authentic and realistic and were enjoyable. Maybe someday I'll finish it.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-03-01 21:43

    I must have a British edition, because reading reviews I see that a horse in this book is called Ornery George, whereas in my book he is Grumpy George which is better. Maybe some editor didn't think British kids would know what ornery means, which is unlikely. This is the tale of Abby, a schoolgirl in 1960s California, who learns to grow up, strengthen her attitudes and sense of self worth, observe adults, and start taking control of her life. This occurs through the twin media of horse training and schooldays. Abby's older brother has already been driven away by their father's strict religious refusal to hear anything he doesn't like, from talking back to lessons about evolution. This leaves only Abby to ride the succession of passing-through horses which make the family an income. Training them for sale can be hard work - six at a time - and Abby's dad insists on calling the geldings all George and mares all Jewel, explaining the book's original title of The Georges And The Jewels. Abby first stands up to her father over Grumpy George which refuses co-operation and bucks her off badly. She states that she is not riding him any more. I got the impression that a boy would have been told "What kind of man are you!" but of course her dad can't say that to a girl. A cowboy does some work with George, then a more thoughtful horse trainer. Abby also gets a lesson in show jumping and English style riding, which she really enjoys, on a calm pony. In all this a Jewel gives birth unexpectedly and Abby loves the colt foal, but is told that he will be time consuming and awkward to raise. She just becomes more determined. Both Grumpy George and the foal she names Jack could be the 'nobody's horse' of the title. Or maybe this is a reference to Abby herself: not one of the popular girls in class, not even really with a good friend as all the girls change allegiances; obliged to follow her father's religion but secretly obliged to learn about Catholic missions at school; enjoying competitive riding but unable to persevere as her father keeps selling on the mounts. There are some difficult scenes to read for a horse lover. But I love the scene where Abby falls asleep in the field and the mares come around her to keep her affectionate company. A Young Adult will learn a lot - about horses and self-determination.

  • Amy Raby
    2019-03-08 23:47

    This is the kind of horse novel I've been looking for, one that is actually about horses and is not a soap opera set in a barn. The central story here is about a 12-year-old girl who is trying to cope with an uncooperative horse called Ornery George. She is expected to help her father train him so that he can be sold at a profit, but the horse keeps bucking her off. While she's perfectly comfortable with the other horses at her dad's barn, she's scared of Ornery George, and for good reason.There are a number of other threads woven into this one. Her parents are born-again Christians, which creates some complications in her life. I like that her religious family is portrayed neither as positive nor negative. Her father is sometimes kind and sometimes unreasonable. She seems to like her church reasonably well, but her family's restrictions cause her problems with school and friends.School is another sub-thread. She's in the 7th grade and struggling with a girl who seems to be out to "steal" her best friend, and also a clique of four other girls which she tries simply to avoid. Mean girls are a staple of this genre, but these girls are more complex. There is no over-the-top villain, just a group of girls jockeying for status, sometimes in unsavory ways.Three different trainers help the heroine out with Ornery George, and only one of them is able to make any progress with him. The training methods are presented without judgement. It's not a case of evil trainer vs. good trainer, but more a case of trying out different methods and learning a method that works for this horse.

  • Beverly
    2019-03-08 21:50

    The Georges and the Jewels is a slow paced uneventful story of a pre-teen, Abbey, growing up on a ranch with loving parents who are much more old fashioned than the upwardly mobile suburban parents of her classmates. The story lightly (and unsatisfyingly) deals with mean girl cliques, horse training cruelty and religious intolerance. Considering the author is Jane Smiley, I expected more deeply developed characters and conflict. That said, girls who are nuts about horses will enjoy this story and probably the sequels.

  • Abbi
    2019-03-15 05:37

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked how Abby treated others. She was respectful, but was able to get her point across. I didn't like how obedient Abby had to be at times. It almost seemed as if she was afraid of her parents. I loved how the author described the scenery. It really made it seem like you were there. I love how she really makes the horses come to life. I didn't like how she portrayed Ornery George. She sometimes made it seem like how it was his fault that he didn't like being ridden by people. Some other person had to make it miserable for him to hate it that much.

  • Jessica Wheeler
    2019-03-02 01:43

    This book was so perfectly right for me, that I originally felt I couldn’t judge it objectively. So, first I gave it to my daughter who is just starting to ride. And, then I gave it to my mother who was never bitten by the horse bug. We all absolutely loved it. It is a wonderful book that while just right for a nine year old, has the ability to appeal to children and adults alike. I would recommend it to people of any age and with varying degrees of interest in horses. It is that good.It is the story of a 7th grade girl named Abby growing up in 1960’s California horse country. She helps her father train horses so that he can claim, “Kid’s Horse for Sale.” There are several great story lines that come together in this fast read to make us truly feel for Abby. A central theme is Abby’s evolving relationship with a particularly difficult horse, that continues to throw her off. Through the course of the book we see various adults interact with the horse with mixed success, and eventually are able to witness a coming around thanks to a horse whisperer. The horse training details are simultaneously specific, graphic and enlightening. Most of all, it is particularly nice to witness it through the frank eyes of a young girl.At the same time, Abby is growing up in a born-again Christian household where she is faced with the challenges of having her family’s beliefs conflict with the things she is learning at school as well as the estrangement of her brother. This element of the book is important to the development of Abby’s character, but is not overly described and is consistently presented without judgment. I wondered if Violet would ask questions about this religious component, but she didn’t. She took it at face value, and was much more interested in the social dynamic in Abby’s school. As Jane Smiley so adeptly puts it, “The best thing that can happen to you in seventh grade, really, is that you float from one classroom to another like a ghost or spirit, undetected by the humans.” Ms. Smiley is a master of the human dynamic, and perfectly brings her skills to bear in helping us experience a little bit of that dreaded 7th grade one more time. Fortunately, it is not too painful to re-live, while there is at least one character in there that each of us can relate to. There is nothing remotely inappropriate in this book for children. Most of all it has a fairly just ending, which I really do like in books – especially children’s books. There are many accomplished children’s authors out there. And, then there are great adult authors such as Ursula Lequin (Catwings) and Alexander McCall Smith (Max & Maddy, Akimbo) who do us a kindness by writing books for children. We can now add Jane Smiley to the list of fantastic authors that we can be grateful to for writing exceptional literature for our kids. Thank you, Jane. I also want to add a special shout out to the illustrator, Elaine Clayton. She graces the beginning of each chapter with illustrations of various horse accessories, and they are delightful. While I was sad to finish this book, it is nice to be able to go back and look at the illustrations from time to time.- Jessica Wheeler

  • Teresa
    2019-03-04 22:51

    If you love horses, you'll LOVE this book. It's brimming with ideas about training horses. But even if you don't love horses, there is lots to like here.Abby and her parents run a horse farm: her dad buys horses and (re)trains them so that they can be "ridden by a young girl". That's where Abby comes in: if she can't ride a horse, that claim can't be made and money will be lost. Her dad won't let anyone name the horses--the boys are all "George" and the girls are all "Jewel". Abby's parents are fundamental Protestants; her dad is so strict that he's driven her older brother away, so now all the work of riding and training their various horses falls to Abby. It was interesting and unusual to see a young girl bearing so much responsibility in the financial success of her family. She works HARD.When one horse, "Ornery George", bucks Abby off, she begins to see, for the first time, that maybe her dad is not infallible, and so begin her first steps to some independence. This is also where the fascinating stuff about horse training comes in.In addition, Abby is struggling with a tricky school situation--her small school has few options for friendship, and her best friend has been usurped by a new girl who likes boys, drama, plotting and all those things that can make middle school it's own special kind of h**l.Her frustration at school is, thankfully, balanced by the satisfaction she gains form her work with horses. The two lives feel very separate--sometimes that's how you survive. Smiley very aptly captures that feeling of lonliness you can get when you start to doubt your social standing.Horsey girls will eat this up, but others will enjoy it to.

  • Kate
    2019-02-24 04:40

    Abby lives on a farm with her born-again family. Her father buys horses cheap and trains them so that "a little girl can ride them" and resells them for a higher price. To keep Abby from growing attached, he calls all the male horses "George" and all the female horses "Jewel." As Abby tries to figure out the problems of one horse she calls "Ornery George" and dealing with a surprise new foal she names Jack, Abby also has to deal with friendship troubles in middle school and navigating her slightly dysfunctional family.I've never read anything by Jane Smiley, but I know she does write adult fiction, and this book has a maturity level I don't usually find when I read middle grade horse books. The setting, California in the 1960's, is unusual enough (unless you're reading classic horse fiction), but Abby also lives in a religiously strict family, with parents who don't like the idea of their daughter learning about the Catholic missions that founded many California cities. Yet the family isn't portrayed as being iron fisted, and Abby stands up for herself in her case to name the horses while accepting other rules. The situation with her brother Danny's estrangement should be interesting in the future. There was plenty of riding as well, with several philosophies of breaking a horse contrasted. Abby's struggles socially in middle school might on the surface appear to be outdated, but there are still cliques, and passive aggressive bullying, and little things blow up into huge drama, especially when boys are involved.All in all, this was a step above most middle grade horse books, which made it an enjoyable read for an adult as well.

  • M—
    2019-03-23 01:50

    Abby is a gifted young rider in 1960s California who, at twelve, is beginning to walk a careful line between her home life with her highly religious parents and public life among a broader set of peers and authority figures. Her relationship with horses grounds her in both aspects of her life, but that relationship is the root Abby's need to change.Jane Smiley is not an author I have particular awareness of: I stumbled upon this book during the 2010 National Book Festival. My mother, whose taste in books is much more bent towards the literary than mine is, had read Smiley's Pulitzer novel A Thousand Acres some years ago and we joined the attendance of Smiley's book talk because of our vague recognition of her name. Smiley turned out to be an engaging and passionate public speaker (a webcast of her talk is available on the LOC website) and her reading of the first chapter or so of The Georges and the Jewels made me want to rush out and read the rest of the story (which took me a mere eighteen months to act on).Outstanding work for juvenile and early YA readers but probably best for horse-crazy girls. Still, I as an adult horse-crazy girl found it riveting. Five stars.

  • Anne Shealy
    2019-03-12 21:53

    I enjoyed The Georges and the Jewels, but I'm not sure how many other people will enjoy it. It has very strong descriptions of horse training which I thoroughly enjoyed reading; however, I'm not sure how many young adult readers will enjoy that. I could be wrong though - maybe the young horse enthusiasts will really like it.It also contains a very realistic description of they dynamics of adolescent females trying to get along with one another. That is a frightening, insecure world for many girls, and you can't help but develop respect for the narrator. She works hard to skirt these conflicts and stick to what truly matters to her. Meanwhile, she's dealing with an overly religious and demanding father. It's an interesting read, but might be more attractive to the adult reader.

  • Pete
    2019-03-16 01:45

    The Georges and the Jewels is the 1st book in the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch by Jane Smiley. This book I loaned to a student equestrian and just got it back.The story for me was Ornery George and Abby’s trying to overcome fear of Ol’ Ornery. With the help of other trainers with different ways of training helped her learn a technique that works. There were other sub-plots on religion and school which were ok, I guess, but less important for the reading experience for me.What attracted me to this book was the cover. I swear it was a picture of one of mine.

  • Anna
    2019-03-07 03:33

    This book is about a girl who has some problems at school and her father sells horses. She has to ride each of them every day and she really loves horses. Then a foal is born and her father buys a horse that always bucks her off and she gets scared to ride him. Then, at school her only friend has a new BFF and often ignores her. She gets suspended for something she didn't do it! Read to find out more about Abby!!!

  • Annemarie
    2019-03-16 21:51

    Awesome book that tells the story of a girl that lives on a barn.

  • Mackenzie
    2019-02-21 03:34

    GREAT book! I have been searching far and wide for a good Christian book about horses. I loved Winnie The Horse Gentler, and am now looking forward to reading this series. It's about a girl named Abby who trains horses. She develops throughout the book from being a girl who does what her dad says to a girl who actually learns from the horses she works with. This book was amazing and Jane Smiley's writing style made it even better. I am going to recommend this book to anyone I meet, because it is one of the best books I have ever read.

  • Cheryl Neer
    2019-03-19 21:48

    Jane Smiley writes with wonderful description of the characters and the scenery and setting. However, she sometimes she writes with so much detail at the expense of the plot. If you persevere, you will find a book with multi-strand themes of a 7th grade girl in school, a family farm, the girl's relationships with horses, and much information on training horses. I would recommend this especially to 10-14 year old horse crazed girls and found it an interesting read. I look forward to the other books in the series.

  • 15paule
    2019-03-20 03:27

    I really liked it, however it is a bit confusing with all of the horses names and I did get lost halfway through the book the first time I read it, but rereading it a second time made it a lot easier to understand and therefore more enjoyable to read!

  • Caesar (Chiyu)
    2019-03-11 22:30

    It wasn't bad but nothing really happened throughout the novel.

  • Becky Prunty
    2019-03-09 21:42

    A jem of a bookGrowing up the daughter of a minister myself, I certainly can relate to this book! Genuine and lyrical prose.., I simply loved it.

  • Parker Burton
    2019-03-17 21:39

    I thought this book was intriguing and impactful with the realistic story of Abby and her family's ranch.

  • Hannah Clennnon
    2019-02-21 21:40

    I am reviewing the book "Georges and the Jewels" by Jane Smiley. The books lexile level is 970 its rated for teens in 7th-8th grade. I rated this book 4 stars because it wasn't as good as people said it would be,but it still opened my eyes to new things.The book is wrote in first person, Abby Lovit a 13 year old girl who has been riding sense she could walk but one day she gets to attached to a pony and that's were it all goes down hill.This book is written so you can fell and see the way Abby does. This book kinda drew me in with some lines which made me keep reading like, "If he works long enough he'll never come back,if its hard enough he'll learn his lesson,you never know what lesson hes learning." That stood out because my parents always teach me lessons without even trying to. Abby's dad takes on a Ornery horse and Abby learns that the horse is her new best friend,and she has a BIG secret she only tells him. Her father owns a ranch were they take on new horses every week,new ones come old ones go,her father never names them so they don't get attached but that doesn't stop Abby.I have a furry friend myself and he means the world to me kinda like the way Abby's pony means the world to her. In this book its not all sunshine and rainbows but I wont give any spoilers but there are times where I stopped reading and went "WOW." This book anyone can read but I think that 12-14 year old's will get more into it.It teaches you the meaning of family and why parents do what they do.Many kids take there parents for granted after reading this book I now know that I do, in this story you will find joy and peace.I couldn't have read a better book and a book that really opened my eyes and I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

  • Belea Keeney
    2019-02-20 22:32

    A lovely YA that captures those moments of connection with a horse and the adolescent fumbling about for a life and goal. That *feeling* about horses that many people have is on the page here. Jane always does a great job with horse-y life.

  • Jane Debano
    2019-03-10 00:43

    I just spent an enjoyable weekend on a California horse ranch in the 1960’s by reading the above two J (for juvenile) books. The hero of our story is Abby Lovitt, a 12 yr. old ranch girl whose parent’s strict religious views mean she doesn’t have a TV, or listen to popular music or wear stylish clothes so she feels like a misfit in her school. The Big Four are the popular girls who like to ridicule Abby and her friends Gloria and Stella. But at least Gloria also likes horses so they have lots to talk about.Abby’s Dad buys unlikely-looking horses, horses that show some wear and tear, and then tries to turn a profit by fattening the up, cleaning them up and giving them lots of riding experience. Abby has been in the saddle since she was three and she is an essential part of the ranch’s business. Her Dad names all the mares Jewel and all the geldings George, so they don’t get attached to them. Abby has named one, though. Ornery George love to buck her off as well as having his own ideas of how they should conduct their daily workouts. Abby’s Dad and her Uncle Luke have a carrot or stick approach to training horses and that doesn’t work with Ornery George, in fact, it makes him more resentful. A man named Jem Jarrow comes to look at Ornery George, supposedly to buy him, but when Abby’s father and mother leave for church, he takes Ornery George in hand, showing Abby a totally new way of gentling the horse. He has been sent by Abby’s brother Danny, who is not speaking to his Dad, but works for the local farrier and so Abby and his Mom see him when he comes to help shoe the horses.Abby’s is delighted when one of the mares her Dad recently purchased turns out to be pregnant and produces a little black foal. His dam dies shortly after of colic and Abby has the duty of hand-feeding the little colt she calls Jack.The story of the Georges and the Jewels, Abby and Jack are continued in the sequel – A Good Horse. These books enchanted me. You don’t have to be a horse lover or a juvenile reader to enjoy them. Jane Smiley loves horses and people and her characters, equine and human, jump off the page.

  • Sophie Rampe
    2019-03-10 05:34

    This series by Jane Smiley is awesome. I couldn't put them down!

  • Eden
    2019-03-10 02:31

    I really think there should be a "recent" historical category. I mean, when one says historical, you think Victorian era, early colonies, etc. etc., yes? So that makes the 1900s recent. Trust me on this. *nods firmly* Oh, and I love the title.Voice. This book has it in spades (or so the expression goes; I don't actually have a clue what it means, hehe). Abby is the most authentic middle-grader ever, what with her exasperation towards seventh grade politics and clear-eyed view of the world:Once upon a time, I would have told him [her dad] all about it [a mishap at school], just because it wasn't me who was in trouble, and it was all pretty interesting. But I knew what he would say: "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." I didn't think it was as easy as that. While on the subject of her dad: Abby's family is quite religious. And that "quite" deserves its italics. There's a distinct possibility readers will feel uncomfortable with the restrictions which she has to live with, though the religion portion also provides a venue for Abby to grow and change her developing, conflicting views on life. Her father seems controlling in addition to the religious emphasis on which he seems to place everything, which didn't make Abby's home life the most pleasant thing to read about.Danny and Uncle Luke augment the roster of adept horsemen, but Jem Jarrow is a little too pro with horses to be believable. But goodness, the horse aspect in The Georges and the Jewels? Ahhhhhmazing. Smiley effortlessly integrates horse training techniques and aspects of horse ranch life, from the financial side to the chores. Even non-horse-lovers are going to get what it feels like to love horses. At least, I hope they will.Have I mentioned yet that I love horses?

  • Lisa
    2019-03-02 05:29

    Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Thousand Acres,” has returned to the topic of horses, this time in a book for preteens.Like Smiley’s “Horse Heaven,” “The Georges and the Jewels” takes a fond, detailed look at all things equine. Unlike that wickedly satirical novel, “Georges” is straightforward and much more serious than funny — but most preteens aren’t yet savvy enough for satire anyway, so this is not a strike against it. What “Georges” does have is Smiley’s sharp eye for detail and excellent writing style.Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt has a life that many a young girl would envy: She rides horses every day. But her family raises horses for a living, so her riding isn’t just for fun, it’s work. So that no one gets too attached to the horses that come and go, all the geldings are named George and all the mares are named Jewel.Working through frustrations with "Ornery" George, Abby deals with a motherless foal and cliques at school, as well as getting a glimpse into another lifestyle as she helps get a rich girl’s show pony into shape.The setting is California in the early 1960s, but the story could almost be set today, except for the Lovitts’ lack of a TV. The story lines are engaging and won’t get confusing for young readers. But the ending feels hurried and the lessons learned are fairly predictable — though they are good ones nonetheless.“The Georges and the Jewels” probably won’t become a classic horse story like “National Velvet” or “Black Beauty” — it’s nuanced rather than melodramatic and doesn’t have a big contest at the end (or vampires or robots, for that matter) — but it won’t be for lack of a good story or good writing.

  • Amy
    2019-03-12 23:32

    “The Georges and the Jewels”, by Jane Smiley, is a story about horses. But it is also much more. It’s a story about family, about hard work, about the often confusing behavior of junior high kids. It’s a story about 12 year old Abby, who tries to make sense of all these different areas of her life. The story revolves around a small horse ranch where they prepare and train the horses (the ”Georges” are the boys and the “Jewels” are the girls) in order to sell them. The daughter, Abby, is left to ride the horses when her father and brother get in a fight that leads her brother to leave home and go to work for the local horseshoer. The details, training, riding, behavior of and around the horses, were fascinating. The setting is the 1960s, but you can’t really tell, it could be any time. At school Abby is dealing with changing relationships and conflicts among the girls there. Abby also helps another young girl, whose father buys one of the “Georges”, to get comfortable with riding and that interaction fits the rest of the story a little better than the school narrative.Abby is from a conservative religious family and this has led to the conflict between the father and son. Abby’s retelling of the disagreement between the father and son is a little unsettling, but as we get to know the characters we also begin to hope that maybe their relationships will change for the better. This book contains interesting characters, an appealing setting and fluid writing. An almost gentle read, even with the many areas of conflict depicted. Jane Smiley has won awards for her adult fiction and this was her first book for young adults.

  • Shelly Donaghey
    2019-02-24 21:40

    THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS is Pulitzer winner Jane Smiley’s first venture into the young adult market and she manages to make a very strong entry indeed. The time is the early 1960s in California and the place is a horse farm and the local school. The central character is Abby Lovitt, a seventh grader and the daughter of a horse rancher. She is struggling to make it through the group pressure at school, having to contend with the “Big Four”, and there is tension at home. The family business is preparing horses for sale, horses “any little girl could ride”, but not all horses want to be tamed in that way. Such a horse is Ornery George for example. On the farm, all the geldings are named George, the mares are Jewels, and no one is supposed to fall in love with any of them. It is a business after all. In this introductory book to a proposed trilogy, we learn a great deal about taming horses, understanding both horses and people, and the difficulties a little girl has in both worlds. There is anguish and heartbreak, betrayal and trouble, but through it all the family seems to keep themselves together. This book has enough excitement, twists and turns, and appropriate action to keep the reader mesmerized. There is even a little colt named Jack who may have a bright future in the upcoming books. I had a great time reading this treasure and recommend it to all. I won this audio book through Goodreads.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-27 02:47

    Actually 3.5I just found out this is actually a series. I honestly never would've guessed. But that was unrelated. Sorry.First of all, let me say this is definitely not a super duper exciting story. The plot doesn't race. The author writes in a laid back, gentle style that takes you on a ride. I could almost smell and feel the horses, just because of how well the style fits the story. It's about the horses every bit as much as the girl, Abby. I feel like I learned more about training horses and how horses "work" in these 200 pages than in everything else I've read combined. It was just so interesting. However, there was nothing about the book that made it YA in my opinion, and in fact the MC is twelve and acts twelve and speaks twelve and everyone around her acts twelve, so I think my library categorized it wrong. I didn't mind, though. It's nice reading something calm and gentle once in a while. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the middle school drama bits in there, otherwise it's a fine story.Now that I know it's a series, I'll probably see if my county has any of the other books. Very good job, Ms. Smiley, pulling me into the horse world. It was fascinating.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-02-26 00:28

    Smiley, Jane. The Georges and the Jewels. (#1)(2009) Abby loves working on her family's horse farm in a small California town in the 1960s. She struggles with her father's insistence that she not become attached to the horses because the only way the family can survive is to train them and sell them. This explains the weird title-- all the male horses are called "George" and the females "Jewel". Abby's father is also extremely religious, to the extent that he has driven off Abby's older brother and is often at odds with what Abby is experiencing out in the wider world. Middle school is tough-- Abby must work very hard on the farm, and often goes to school smelling a bit of horses, so the snobs give her a hard time, and she has the typical middle school problems with her friends. When one of the horses she is working with is deemed untrainable by her father, Abby is afraid that the horse will be put down, so she overcomes her fear of him to make him into a horse her father can sell.Strengths: LOTS of horse riding and ranch life details. THe horses mentioned all have distinct personality, which appeals to girls who love horses. Weaknesses: Not much happens, and the descriptions of religion and religious life are a bit too strong and not really interesting.

  • Ally
    2019-02-21 02:29

    It was the spring and school was almost out and seventh grade Abby Lovitt is riding all the horses she can so her dad can sell them. Abby Lovitt grews up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s,learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life. Her family is all worked up when suddenly she wakes up to a bundle of glory. She steps one by one closer and closer to the mare to see if she doesn't freak. She saw the foal hop to the other side of the mare because she was scared. Abby's dad ran out and Abby stepped away. They cleared a stall for the mare and that bundle of energy and put them both in it . Abby had already missed school so she rode the Georges and the Jewels all day. The Georges and the Jewels is a group of horses, it's the mare's and the morgan's. Anyway one of the Georges Abby gets scared on because she fell off him a few days ago. Her dad believes that she can do it but Abby is to scared. All of this pressure that is on Abby is making her go crazy and is leading her in a bad direction.