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Named to the West Virginia Children’s Book Award Master List: In the first horse show with her new mare, Lily competes against her best friend for the blue ribbon

Today’s the big day. Lily and her horse, Beware, are going to compete in the junior horse show. Lily’s best friend, Mandy, is also in the competition, riding her horse, Shane. When Lily and her mother and grandfather arrive, Mandy looks so grown up, like a rider in a magazine. And ...
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A Blue for Beware

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Overview

Named to the West Virginia Children’s Book Award Master List: In the first horse show with her new mare, Lily competes against her best friend for the blue ribbon

Today’s the big day. Lily and her horse, Beware, are going to compete in the junior horse show. Lily’s best friend, Mandy, is also in the competition, riding her horse, Shane. When Lily and her mother and grandfather arrive, Mandy looks so grown up, like a rider in a magazine. And with his shining copper coat, Shane looks just like a show horse. Worried that Beware looks shaggy next to Shane, Lily brushes her until she’s sleek and polished.
 
Then it’s time for Lily to get ready. She puts on her breeches and boots and tries to remember everything her grandfather taught her about riding. Will Lily and Beware walk away with the blue? And will Lily and Mandy still be best friends when it’s over?

Lily and her friend Mandy compete against each other in a horse show for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Disckind
While a sequel to Beware the Mare, readers can easily understand the story and its characters without referring to the previous book. Using short chapters, we meet Lily and her horse Beware during the junior horse show. Will best friend Mandy and her horse Shane win more ribbons? Are Lily and Beware really good? The book's themes of self-doubt, anticipation, competitiveness, jealousy, and friendship will interest even those who have not gotten the "horse-crazy" bug (and could even prompt some useful discussions with parents and friends). Horse lovers will find information on horse grooming, show competition, and riding.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-A horse show is intrinsically exciting for any child who has ever experienced one, and for Lily, who is showing her mare, Beware, for the first time, the day is filled with emotion. Her family is there to root her on; her best friend is showing, as well. All of the ups and downs of the competition are here. Lily is frustrated in an early class when an excellent performance and a competitor's missteps are overlooked by the judge. In a jumping class, her perfect round is too slow to win the blue. She finally does place first in barrel racing, but her real triumph is learning to accept whatever the day brings and maintaining her friendship with Mandy despite the sometimes heated competition between them. Although the junior horse-show scenario is almost a clich in the horse-story genre, Haas handles it well-it seems neither predictable nor hackneyed. The characterization is good, the plot is involving, and the writing is smooth. Although this is a sequel to Beware the Mare (Greenwillow, 1993), the book stands on its own. A satisfying story that should please young readers and riders.-Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
Chris Sherman
In this entertaining chapter-book sequel to "Beware the Mare" (1993), Lily and her young mare Beware are competing in their first horse show. It's exciting to be competing for real ribbons, surprisingly confusing and upsetting to be competing against a best friend, and exhilarating to come away with blue ribbons. Vivid descriptions of the events will make readers feel as if they had a ringside seat at the show, and there's an amazing amount of information about preshow preparations and scoring events. Horse lovers will relish the story and hope for more adventures featuring Lily and her spunky mare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497662643
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Beware the Mare , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,059,284
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 550 KB

Meet the Author

Jessie Haas is the author of numerous acclaimed books for young people, including Unbroken, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book. She lives in Westminster, Vermont, with her husband, Michael J. Daley, a children’s author. Haas began writing about horses from a young age and wrote a story during her junior year of college that became her first novel, Keeping Barney
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