Astra

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Thirteen-year-old Lily O'Neil's passion is Arabian horses. Someday she wants to be a great endurance rider like her mother. But a year earlier, when a freak riding accident took her mother's life, Lily's father sold Lily's beloved horse and forbid her to ride ever again. Lily is determined to fulfill her mother's dream. But how will she convince her father to let her ride again?

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Overview

Thirteen-year-old Lily O'Neil's passion is Arabian horses. Someday she wants to be a great endurance rider like her mother. But a year earlier, when a freak riding accident took her mother's life, Lily's father sold Lily's beloved horse and forbid her to ride ever again. Lily is determined to fulfill her mother's dream. But how will she convince her father to let her ride again?

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Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
This book is part of the whole sub-genre of girl and her horse books. Thirteen-year-old Lily's mother, a champion trainer of Arabian horses, was killed last year when she fell off a horse where she worked at a neighboring ranch that breeds Arabian horses. Accordingly, her father has forbidden Lily to ride. However, she is allowed to help muck out the stalls, lead the horses around the ring, curry their coats, and clean tack at the ranch. Naturally, this is not nearly enough for Lily since all of her friends ride and her mother's horse is a champion waiting to be trained and discovered. In order to comply with her father's unreasonable (but understandable) demands and still train Astra for the Tevis Cup Endurance Race, Lily has to quietly work behind the scenes until she can manipulate (ok, convince) her father into letting her ride. Of course, success is ultimately hers and Astra's, but not without her determination being tried at multiple critical points. This is one for all those horse-loving tweens out there. The book does give some interesting information about breeding and training Arabian horses and the Tevis Cub Endurance Race, so it might be of some educational value. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Thirteen-year-old Lily O'Neil recently lost her mother to a riding accident while the woman was training for an endurance race. Since then, her grieving father has forbidden her to ride, although she is allowed help to take care of the horses at her neighbor's stables. Her favorite is Astra, the animal that her mother had been riding when she fell. It seems almost too much to bear when Astra falls ill and is at the point of death. As a kindness, the horse's owner signs her over to Lily and keeps his word after the Arabian steed makes a miraculous recovery. Astra is ready to compete again, but will Lily be allowed to race her? Filled with information about endurance racing as well as a cast of interesting supporting characters, including the dishy new boy in town, this novel is a quick and enjoyable read.—Kathleen Meulen Ellison, Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, WA
Kirkus Reviews
If, by the bottom of page two, a book's end is manifest, it may not be worth starting page three. Thirteen-year-old Lily dreams of competing in endurance races with a beautiful Arab mare named Astra, and, yup, it happens. Melodrama masquerades as plot. First, Lily's mother died riding Astra in an endurance race, and her father swears he'll never let Lily ride. (He changes his mind--because Lily wants him to.) Then Astra becomes horribly ill after eating a poisonous plant. (The horse hovers near death in a coma for hours, in defiance of all veterinary science, but makes a full recovery--because Lily wants her to.) Then, too, Astra actually belongs to someone else (who transfers ownship to Lily as the horse is about to be euthanized--for no intelligible reason at all). Then Lily's family can't pay for a vet. (He offers his care for free.) The pattern is clear: All obstacles will disappear without effort so that our heroine can follow the well-worn path of misunderstood child riding underappreciated horse to greatness. A former jockey and current endurance rider, Platt should be able to do better. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455416
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,259,303
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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