Abby Lovitt’s newest horse brings her a taste of the wider world.
Handsome, intelligent Gee Whiz, recently retired, raced successfully all over the country, and Abby loves to imagine the things he’s seen. Meanwhile, her brother looks to be heading into the Vietnam War, her friends Barbie and Alexis come home from boarding school, and a beloved church member dies. Abby’s awash with change—but if that weren’t enough, the man who co-owns her young horse, Jack, wants to start his race training, which Abby and her family can’t afford. Smiley’s Abby Lovitt books (Pie in the Sky, 2012, etc.) have always been especially anchored to time and place. Beautifully written as always, this installment is especially satisfying for the way it shows Abby’s curiosity and sense of wonder naturally unfold. Also as always, the horse details continue to fascinate.
Another successful visit with Abby Lovitt and her horses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)