A Good Horse by Jane Smiley
Book Two of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch

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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 Lovitts as stolen goods. A mystery unfolds, more surprising than Abby could ever expect. Will she lose her beloved Jack to his rightful owners?

Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley raises horses of her own, and her affection and expertise shine through in this inviting horse novel for young readers, set in 1960s California horse country and featuring characters from The Georges and the Jewels.


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About Jane Smiley

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JANE SMILEY is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres and more than ten other works of fiction, as well as three works of nonfiction, including a critically acclaimed biography of Charles Dickens. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in northern California.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This sequel to The Georges and the Jewels (2009) is Smiley at her finest—detailed, nuanced, absorbing.

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Smiley returns to the territory and characters of her 2009 novel, The Georges and the Jewels, in this moving sequel. Opening on Abby's 13th birthday, the story centers on her relationship with her bel

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frissons of suspense keep building as Smiley describes the fine points of land assessment, soil evaluation, loan applications and permit hearings in surprisingly riveting detail.

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Opening on Abby's 13th birthday, the story centers on her relationship with her beloved eight-month-old colt, Jack (introduced in the last book), who Abby fears she may lose after her family's ownership of Jack is contested.

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How will Abby find the strength and courage to say goodbye to Jack?Horse fanatics will love this sequel to THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS, which weaves horse training and care into an exciting and heart-touching story.

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Gr 5–8—Eighth grader Abby Lovitt and her family live on their horse ranch in 1960s California. A letter from a private investigator suggests that Abby's favorite colt, Jack, may have been sold to them as stolen goods. While the Lovitts await more information from the investigator, Abby continues ...

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