Secret Horse by Jane Smiley
  

Secret Horse

Written by Jane Smiley

9+ readers   Pony Mad   eBooks   

RRP £6.99

The Lovereading4Kids comment

A passion for horses propels this enthralling adventure but you don’t have to be horse-mad to enjoy it! Abby’s life revolves around the horses that she helps her Dad to train but out of all of them there is one, the foal Jack, who is most special to her. Abby and Jack have a very special bond so when keeping him is under threat it is Abby who must solve the mystery that may pull him away. Jane Smiley writes a gripping adventure firmly founded on the vividly conveyed details of all things horsey.

Synopsis

Secret Horse by Jane Smiley

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. When he and Abby clear four feet easy as pie, heads start to turn at the ring - buyers' heads - and Abby knows Daddy won't turn down a good offer. Then a letter arrives from a private investigator, and suddenly Abby stands to lose not one horse but two. The letter states that Jack's mare may have been sold to the Lovitt's as stolen goods. A mystery unfolds, more surprising than Abby could ever expect. Will she lose her beloved Jack to his rightful owners?

Reviews

'Jane Smiley is one of the premiere novelists of her generation, possessed of a mastery of craft and an uncompromising vision that grow more powerful with each book.' Washington Post

About the Author

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles and grew up in St Louis, Missouri. In 1992 she won the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres, for which she also won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Her books about Abby and her horses are her first for children. Star Horse is the fourth in the series.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info

Format

Paperback
304 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11

Author

Jane Smiley
More books by Jane Smiley

Author's Website

www.therealjanesmiley.com/

Author's Facebook Latest

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Publication date

2nd June 2011

ISBN

9780571274475

Categories


I love ‘LoveReading 4 kids’ because they let you read and learn things you’d never dreamed of learning before.

Emily Horncastle – age 11

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

You give me age appropriate ideas of books I can read and buy for the children and find out what other children their age think of them too.

Katie Lonsdale

It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.

Erica Motoc, age 7

Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools