A HORSE OF HER OWN by Annie Wedekind
Kirkus Star

A HORSE OF HER OWN

Age Range: 10 - 15

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ever since her first riding lesson six years ago, 14-year-old Jane Ryan has wanted two things: acceptance from the clique of wealthy girls with whom she trains and a horse of her own, preferably Beau, the elderly school horse she understands completely. Over the course of six weeks of camp, Beau is sold out from under her, and she’s given the difficult task of restoring Lancelot, a show horse belonging to one of the rich girls, to his former brilliance. Gradually Jane comes to see herself as adrift in the middle of a river of change; with grit and courage, she learns to paddle. Sensitive, sophisticated and lyrically written, Wedekind’s debut portrays the typical teen struggle for self-awareness in an anything-but-typical fashion. Possibly the most honest horse book since National Velvet, from an equestrian point-of-view, this offering’s riding scenes combine accuracy with seat-of-the-pants excitement. A champion. (Fiction. 10-15)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-312-36927-9
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2008




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