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A Horse of Her Own

by Annie Wedekind

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This book was a quick read, but if you love horses then this book is a great view of them through the eyes of a young horse-loving girl. 3Q4P The cover art is okay and I'd recommend this book for middle school and high school students. I chose to read this book because I enjoy reading about animals and like to ride horses so reading a book about a young girl that doesn't have her own horse, (like me), really pulled me in. KaraB
  edspicer | Jun 30, 2014 |
nice horse book. Sure captivated me. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
gr. 5-8 according to PW. [Plain] Jane has been riding an adored school horse, Beau, for years, but has to give him up when a little girl's parents buy him. She ends up with Lancelot ("Big Red"), a giant, loose-cannon warmblood abandoned by his snotty owner and quickly sold to Jane's trainer by the snot's father. Many mishaps later, Jane wins the big camp competition, and Jane's trainer gives her the horse. The plot is happy-ending pat, but the moneyed, clique-driven horse camp culture rings true, as do the technical details of the English school of riding. A little less convincing is Red's nearly immediate turnaround under Jane's skilled hand, since he is presented initially as a brilliant but traumatized champion. That he turns out to be a "mystery horse" rather than the one he was thought to be, I suppose that's mitigated a little...still, he seems ready for the pressure of competition awfully quickly. Jane's also hyper-competitive and the emphasis on winning extreme, though eased somewhat by the presence of her best friend, Robin, who hates competition and just wants to love her horse and riding. Of course, I'm nitpicking--as a kid, I would've devoured it without hesitation. ( )
  beaujoe | Apr 5, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312369271, Hardcover)

Fourteen-year-old Jane Ryan has always dreamed of having a horse of her own—but so long as she gets to ride her favorite school horse, Beau, at Sunny Acres farm, she’s content. And this is the summer she means to try out for the advanced riding class.
      But just as camp begins, Jane receives heartbreaking news about Beau. She loses, not just her favorite horse, but also her chance to ride in the end-of-summer competition. When her trainer asks for her help with an out-of-control chestnut warmblood, Lancelot, a newcomer to the barn, she has no choice but to say yes.
     There’s another new addition to the farm: Ben Reyes, the grandson of the barn's manager. As Jane struggles to go on without Beau, and to make Lancelot the great horse she believes him to be, her feelings for Ben, her relationships with the privileged group of girls she rides with, and her painful, joyous road to self-discovery all lead to a heart-pounding conclusion that is truly a new beginning. Only Jane’s faith in Lancelot, and her own rediscovered skill and strength, can see her through the hard journey toward a horse of her own.

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At summer camp Jane feels like an outsider among the cliquish rich girls who board their horses at Sunny Acres farm, and when the horse she has been riding is sold to another camper, she feels even worse until her teacher asks her to help train a beautiful but skittish new horse, and the experience brings out the best in her.… (more)

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