A GOOD HORSE by Jane Smiley
Kirkus Star

A GOOD HORSE

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

This sequel to The Georges and the Jewels (2009) is Smiley at her finest--detailed, nuanced, absorbing. Abby Lovitt's eighth-grade year starts out feeling less tumultuous than the year before: Her school life is more settled, her parents more at peace and Ornery George, a horse she struggled with, has been sold. Though she continues to ride several horses a day, two in particular fill her heart: Black George, who will jump anything, and Jack, her beautiful orphan foal. Suddenly it seems she will lose them both. Black George is so talented he's sure to attract an offer Abby's Daddy won't refuse, and, though her father bought Jack's dam in good faith, she may have been stolen, which means Jack may have to be returned. Abby, though, is learning to separate the gold from the dross, to see her family, friends, the rich people on the horse-show circuit and especially her horses with unflinching, compassionate truth. Black George and Jack are good horses, in every sense of the word; Abby will be good, too. Rich, real and utterly engrossing. (Historical fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-86229-8
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2010




2010 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS: HISTORICAL FICTION:

ChildrenZORA AND ME by Victoria Bond
by Victoria Bond
ChildrenONCE by Morris Gleitzman
by Morris Gleitzman

MORE BY JANE SMILEY

ChildrenGEE WHIZ by Jane Smiley
by Jane Smiley
ChildrenPIE IN THE SKY by Jane Smiley
by Jane Smiley
ChildrenTRUE BLUE by Jane Smiley
by Jane Smiley

MORE BY ELAINE CLAYTON

ChildrenGEE WHIZ by Jane Smiley
by Jane Smiley
ChildrenPIE IN THE SKY by Jane Smiley
by Jane Smiley
ChildrenTRUE BLUE by Jane Smiley
by Jane Smiley

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenPAINT THE WIND by Pam Muñoz Ryan
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
ChildrenTHE PRINCESS AND THE FOAL by Stacy Gregg
by Stacy Gregg
ChildrenDREAM OF NIGHT by Heather Henson
by Heather Henson