The A Circuit (A Circuit Series #1)

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The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse shows. It's a world with its own rules and superprivileged lifestyles. Teens travel the circuit all year, showing horses that cost as much as some homes.

Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student-every win has ...

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Overview

The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse shows. It's a world with its own rules and superprivileged lifestyles. Teens travel the circuit all year, showing horses that cost as much as some homes.

Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student-every win has been paid for with hours of cleaning stalls. She's used to the grueling schedule, but Fitz, the barn's resident hot guy, is about to become a major distraction. And then there's Zara. She's the wild child of a famous rockstar, but she's ready to take riding seriously. Can a party girl really change her ways?

Readers who enjoy peeking into the elite world of Gossip Girl or The A-List will feel right at home in this new series with its friendships, drama, and privilege set against the backdrop of competitive horseback riding.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 6–9—Middle-class Kate works at Pelham Lane Stables outside New York City so that she can afford riding lessons. Tommi's affluent family supports her equestrian passion as a pastime but not her ambition to become a professional rider. Zara, the daughter of a famous rock star, arrives at the stable from Los Angeles and immediately creates chaos. She breaks the rules, almost permanently damages another rider's horse, and then allows someone else to take the blame. She spends most of her time either angry at her stressful, privileged life or sorry for herself because she thinks no one likes her. Each time she messes up, she wants another chance, and those around her keep accommodating her. The girls even lie for her and betray the trust their trainer has in them. The authors have effectively portrayed young people who do not take responsibility for their reckless behavior and avoid the consequences even if it requires lying. This is a fast-paced, high-interest story. Kate and Tommi are appealing girls whose family dilemmas and devotion to their riding are believable. Zara is a Lindsay Lohan type in equestrian apparel. The decisions made by the characters could provide an excellent opportunity for discussions about personal responsibility, and the rivalries and day-to-day activities in the horse world are effectively captured.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Middle-class Kate works at Pelham Lane Stables outside New York City so that she can afford riding lessons. Tommi's affluent family supports her equestrian passion as a pastime but not her ambition to become a professional rider. Zara, the daughter of a famous rock star, arrives at the stable from Los Angeles and immediately creates chaos. She breaks the rules, almost permanently damages another rider's horse, and then allows someone else to take the blame. She spends most of her time either angry at her stressful, privileged life or sorry for herself because she thinks no one likes her. Each time she messes up, she wants another chance, and those around her keep accommodating her. The girls even lie for her and betray the trust their trainer has in them. The authors have effectively portrayed young people who do not take responsibility for their reckless behavior and avoid the consequences even if it requires lying. This is a fast-paced, high-interest story. Kate and Tommi are appealing girls whose family dilemmas and devotion to their riding are believable. Zara is a Lindsay Lohan type in equestrian apparel. The decisions made by the characters could provide an excellent opportunity for discussions about personal responsibility, and the rivalries and day-to-day activities in the horse world are effectively captured.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906348
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Series: A Circuit Series , #1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 216,363
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGINA BLOOMBERG is the younger daughter of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. An accomplished equestrian, Georgina is on the board of directors of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. She is also the founder of the charity Rider's Closet.

www.georginabloomberg.com

CATHERINE HAPKA has published many books for children and young adults, including some about horses. A lifelong horse lover, she rides several times per week and keeps three horses on her small farm in Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    Girls and Horses

    Three very different girls come together over their love of showing horses. Tommi is a billionaire heiress who has spent most of her life in her older sister's shadow. Kate is a suburban girl working her hardest at the barn to escape her deteriorating mother. And Zara is the new girl, fresh from California and the daughter of a rock star. Despite their differences, these three girls will learn to overcome themselves and one another in order to shine bright in the spotlight.

    It is a good thing this book was short, because I do not know how much more celebrity/rich girl/horse drama I could stand. The world of privileged girls showing horses is not an easy one to get into, but authors Hapka and Bloomberg try to share of glimpse of what it is like. A lot of times, the barn seemed like a fun place to be. Girls who have horses or like horses should fall into the story fairly easily. Girls who are not as familiar with the equine language and protocol may feel lost throughout most of the scenes. Kate was by far the most interesting character, as I thought she was the one who had the most layers and motivation around her. Even so, there were many bits of the story and characters that were left unfinished and felt very shallow. Especially with Kate's mom and all of the eye rolling the girls did. Readers may get frustrated with the lack of focus on these elements. Though it was not my cup of tea, Georgina Bloomberg is knows about showing horses, and her expertise shines through in this debut.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Series

    Does anyone know when the next book in this series is coming out and what the title will be?? BTW i loveeeee this book i have read it a billion times<3333333

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    Great book for horse lovers!

    The A Circuit has been described as a cross between Canterwood Crest and The A List. I can definitely say that that's a pretty good description of it and I can also say that I enjoyed it greatly. It's not going to become one of my all-time favorites but I think it's a great book for horse lovers!

    Kate, Tommi, and Zara have one thing in common: their love of horses. Kate is a poor student who happened to fall into the good graces of Jamie, the trainer at Pelham Lane Stables. Tommi is the daughter of a billionaire who is looking for a way to make horses her career. Zara is the daughter of a rock star who is just looking for the next party. It doesn't seem like anything could bring these girls together but the stable does and it also brings new challenges that each girl must face.

    Kate and Tommi were very likable characters but Zara was not. She was rude, spoiled, bratty, and just plain inconsiderate. There was nothing about her that I liked through the whole book. Hopefully she will grow up as the series goes on. As for Kate, she was nice but she was naive and so obsessed with the barn and horses. Tommi was smart, practical, and very cool. She was my favorite of the three girls.

    The plot was a bit slow. Nothing seemed to happen for a while and even when it did, it wasn't all that exciting. I don't know anything about horses or shows so everything was also a little confusing to me. Not so bad that I couldn't read it though.

    Overall, The A Circuit is one I would recommend to people who actually know something about horses already. It's a really quick read and I think the series holds great appeal.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    OMG, COULDN'T "PUT IT DOWN"

    lol i loved this book i couldnt stop reading it till i was done. Reccomended 4 ages 13+ :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Good but just not my style

    First thing out...this is a great first book in the series and it really sets up the characters well. The bad girl, Zara, is the typical rebel teenager who wants to have fun and bend the rules, but the authors make a point to show she has more heart than you expect. For that matter, all the main characters show they have a lot more under the surface than this one book reveals. In later books this will be good to keep the interest going between releases. The only bad thing is the reliance on a lot of horse show terminology and scenes makes it more of a turn off for me. I just never got into horse riding(too much of a city girl here) and so for me a lot of the beauty of the book is lost on me. But if you are a girl who has gotten into riding in any fashion, you will love this book i am sure. For me, it will just be this one book for me and I will not go after the others in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    A Short and Scandalous Read

    Ever since Gossip Girl and The A-List, two of my favorite guilty pleasure series, ended, I have been trying to find the next flashy and light series to replace them. Luckily, I think I just may have found what I have been looking for in The A Circuit, Georgina Bloomberg & Catherine Hapka's new look into the exclusive would of horses, wealthy girls, and the secrets that tie them together.

    For Kate and Tommi, the world of horse showing is everything. Addictive, fun, and fully of plenty of rewards, both are willing to sacrifice nearly anything to be the best of the best. For Kate, this means working herself to the ground so she can compete and work with one of the best trainers in the country, and for Tommi, this means going against what her father and sister think is the best for her. However, everything changes when Zara comes to town. Flashy, wealthy, and snarky, Zara is the queen of mean, and because of this, she quickly winds up on the bad sides of Tommi and Kate. What happens, though, when you throw in one bad boy player, a party, and a disaster that may change everything? Will Kate, Tommi, and Zara come to the rescue? Or will their bitter feud ruin everything? Only time and more pages can tell in this glossy read sure to enchant even the most reluctant of readers.

    While this book did not continue the most developed of characters, I still did enjoy reading about Kate, Tommi, and Zara in their alternating perspectives. My favorites out of the bunch would probably have to be Kate and Tommi, because not only did I find their friendship an interesting side to the story, but I also enjoyed how they were more "real" then Zara. The addition of Fitz, the player, was also interesting, though I sometimes felt his character was all over the place, and because of it, I never knew if I should like him, love him, or hate him.

    The most exciting part of The A Circuit though would have to be the focus on horses. When I was little, I used to love horse reads- even though I was terrified of riding horses myself- and because of this, I loved seeing the behind the scene of horse shows and all the determination and work that is put in to be the best of the best.

    The ending is this was also good enough to make me not only curious to see what will happen next the characters, but also happy that it was not exactly cliff-hanger-ish.

    Full of horses, drama, and a dose of depth, The A Circuit is a great lazy day read.

    Grade: B

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

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    I enjoyed this book very much along with the rest of the series.

    I enjoyed this book very much along with the rest of the series. It is a more Teen/Adultish version of the Canterwood Crest series which I had also enjoyed in previous years. This series is a very well written story in my opinion I liked that the characters were like total opposite to each other even though they are still friends and from different backgrounds in their lives. This series gives you an insight to characters that are all different but share a common liking, Horses, some may be Rich &amp; llive in fancy placed others may have exactly what they need or are happy with... In other words its a lot like the real world but in a story line that keeps the reader wanting more and more of Kate, Tommi, Zara and the others who all ride or work at the famous Pelham Lane Stables.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    The A-Circuit

    I love this book. At first I had a little adjusting to do, but once I reread it, it was amazing. It really didn't end completely, but there are three other books in the series. Can't wait to read and review them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Is there an order

    Is there a cirtain order forr this series? Bcuz i am having trouble understandig it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Its awesome

    I love it its so amazingly suspinceful ar tims and its just an awesime book ti read if your bored

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    This book was really good my character was definetly zara. Shes spunky fun and super sassy whens the THIRD coming out AWESOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    good book

    would recommend to all my young friends!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Omg

    One of the best books ever a must read for all equestrian teens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Love it!!!! :)

    I honestly couldn't put it down when i was reading it. Unfotunately, i wasn't able to finish it because of technical problems. :( cant wait to start it up again, though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Anonymous

    This book was amazing; drama filled with excitement at every turn that always keeps you on your toes. Definatly a five star book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Good for pre-teen girl

    I liked it, it's a good read for a pre-teen girl. I especially liked the fact that all the kids pull together in the end. And it is realistic in how barns are, gossip, etc. that can hurt people, and the kids in this story are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Amazing

    This book is so good i bought it for my nook and i love is it so good i would like it if there were more books in the series ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    I loved it!!!:D

    I though this was the best book ever! Cant wait till the 2nd one comes out!!!:D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Amazing

    I loved this book. It was reaaly good. I loved how each character was different and they had to learn to get along. Cant wait for the next one!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Loved it. One of my verry favorite. For people who like drama and horses.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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