Monday, February 28, 2011

Jane Smiley's The Georges and the Jewels

The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley is another of my "Love it!" book for horsey readers of all ages. The title refers to the horses on the Lovitt farm - all the geldings are called George and the mares, Jewel. Abby's father insists this so that they don't become attached since all the horses are for sale.

The 7th grader has her share of problems from difficult horses to ride to social interaction with her peers. She finds solace in the "good" horses, especially a new foal, she names Jack despite her father's rule.

With help from a gentle horse trainer, she learns important life lessons about horses and people alike.

I look forward to reading the sequel about Jack growing up!

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