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The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley

The Georges and the Jewels

by Jane Smiley

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A very nice listen and story. I really enjoyed how the characters progressed throughout the story. Horse breeding and training are detailed in the story. A great read for teens and preteens!
  Tharidra | Dec 23, 2015 |
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This story is very well narrated, and a nice listen. This story is very appropriate for tweens or younger teens, as it is very age appropriate and innocent. I am sure this story would be very well received by young girls (or maybe even boys) who are particularly interested or familiar with horses. There is a lot of detail about horse care and training, etc. included in this book. Overall, this story has a positive vibe and is a kind of "feel good " story. ( )
  booksniff | May 13, 2015 |
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The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley was portrayed from the eyes of a young girl who lived on a ranch and whose job it was to ride all the horses that her father would purchase so that he could sell them. the story told about her life through the different aspects of her life such as her school, church and family. the story goes into quite a bit of detail about raising and training of the horses that she does so that you felt as if you were following her every move. I really enjoyed the audio book concept because it made the story feel more real although the person reading did the voices of all of the characters in the book which wasn't as good as if they would have been done by different individuals. the story ran very smoothly and the ending came at the right time.
  mookiekat | Feb 10, 2015 |
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I found this book very enjoyable. The main character is a 7th grade girl and the events of the story are reported through her eyes and with her understanding. The book probably would be classed as Christian and YA or perhaps preteen. Christian because the protagonist's family is fundamental Christian, but the book is not preachy. These concepts are presented in a matter of fact, observational manner as anyone would describe how their parents handle and organize home life. School life seemed to be described as I remember it. I found the references to horse care, riding, and training to be realistic and show the proper behavior around horses. They further indicated the author's understanding of horses and familiarity of barn life. I found the book to be believable and it had a quite satisfactory ending. ( )
  clp2go | Nov 5, 2014 |
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Exceptional story, as all of Jane Smiley's work is. ( )
  charlottem | Nov 3, 2014 |
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I listened to this book with my 9 year old son, whom I am homeschooling.
Although the book took quite a while to pick up in pace, it was almost as though we were watching each and every part unravel! The book was very interesting and detailed, the most favorable part was how the author changed her voice, from mother, to father, to daughter and back again. For those who enjoy a good fictional book, and one in which is child friendly, I would certainly recommend this to every family. I tells a tail of a single horse in who was unfortunate to be different from all of the others. The father who was very disapproving of the horse at first begins to accept it as the horse shows his true talents and purpose. Moral of the story "Never judge a book by its cover"
added by Nchukym | editJust a regular book lover, nchukym Berry (Oct 28, 2014)
"The Georges and the Jewels" bears none of the signs of a literary writer slumming it for the kids -- no condescension, just the keen interest in what makes life tick that animates all of Smiley's fiction, but with a seventh-grade narrator. I have never admired her writing as much as I do in the first of what promises to be a series of books for children.
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Sometimes when you fall off your horse, you just don't want to get right back on.
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Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows 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.

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