Blue Moon

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Bobbie Jo didn't set out to buy a limping blue roan mare--she wanted a colt she could train to barrel race. But the horse is a fighter, just like Bobbie Jo. Now all she has to do is train the sour old mare that obviously has a past. While she nurses the horse back to health, Bobbie Jo realizes that the horse, now called Blue Moon, may have more history than she first thought. With the help of the enigmatic Cole, she slowly turns the horse into a barrel racer.
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Bobbie Jo didn't set out to buy a limping blue roan mare--she wanted a colt she could train to barrel race. But the horse is a fighter, just like Bobbie Jo. Now all she has to do is train the sour old mare that obviously has a past. While she nurses the horse back to health, Bobbie Jo realizes that the horse, now called Blue Moon, may have more history than she first thought. With the help of the enigmatic Cole, she slowly turns the horse into a barrel racer.
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Bobbie Jean has saved up enough money to buy a barrel racing horse, At the auction, she decides to buy a blue roan horse that has seen better days. Feeling foolish, she, nevertheless, takes the horse home. Through good food, wise training, and the help of a friend, Bobbie Jean eventually gets Blue Moon into shape to compete in barrel racing. Attending a small rodeo, Bobbie Jean wins first prize, only to find that the horse has been stolen. This fast-paced novel will certainly appeal to all—horse lovers, as well as those who root for the underdog. 2004, Orca Book Publishers, 109 pp., Ages young adult.
—Joy Frerichs
Bobbie Jo is not sure how she ended up with Blue Moon. She went to the auction intending to buy a colt. Instead she came home with a stubborn, underfed, blue roan mare. Bobbie makes the best of it until Cole McCall has to help her train the horse. Cole is certainly not a typical cowboy; he has long hair and constantly teases Bobbie Jo by calling her Blue Jeans. Having Cole around does nothing for Bobbie Jo's ego. Bobbie Jo tries to focus on Blue Moon and how she can turn the mare into a champion barrel-racer, but Cole keeps invading her mind. The final straw comes when Cole reveals a secret that might take Blue Moon away from Bobbie Jo forever. In this new offering from the Orca Soundings books for reluctant readers, the plot moves quickly, and the reader immediately becomes attached to the main character and her dilemma. Reluctant readers will be able to stick with this book because it is short and to the point. There are no difficult vocabulary words or a complex plot with which to struggle. Admirably the story has not been toned down for preteens and teenagers. Both groups will find the book equally interesting and enjoyable to read. Teachers and librarians who work with reluctant readers should include this book in their libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Orca, 111p., pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Jonatha Masters
Canadian Book Review Annual
"There is a real feel-good quality to this book that will appeal to horse-loving teenage girls, and even the most reluctant reader will find the story accessible and fun to read."
CM Magazine
"This is a story about friendship, determination and finding one's inner strength. A good read."
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"Well written, fast paced with lots of dialogue. Marilyn Halvorson tells a good story and puts her extensive knowledge of horses to good use. She writes with a sensitivity and awareness of the complexity of growing up."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756942854
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,020,091
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Blue Moon is Marilyn Halvorson's second book in the Orca Soundings series. Bull Rider was an ALA Quick Pick nominee. When she is not caring for cattle on her ranch, Marilyn spends her time writing.
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We were coming up on the final barrel, the one closest to the barn. Now, one lightning turn around it and...

The mare didn't turn. Instead, she had the bit in her teeth and was pounding straight for the barn, faster than she'd ever run before. I gave up trying to turn her. I just wanted to stop her. She was heading straight for the open barn door. There was only one problem. The doorway was high enough for a horse. But not for a horse with a rider on its back. If I didn't do something fast, I was about to lose my head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    Woefully Inacurrate

    This book is riddled with inaccuracies. First, anyone with horse sense knows that you never buy a horse on an emotional decision. Second, it is NEVER acceptable to yank on a frightened horse's halter. You will only make the situation worse. Third, a starved horse cannot be given free acess to hay, and should be quarantined. You have no idea what kind of diseases an auction horse could be carrying. Riding a starved, obviously lame horse is an EXTREMELY foolish decision. Not only could you permanently cripple the animal, you might even injure him to the point that he has to be put to sleep. Behavioral problems, such as this mare obviously had, can take months if not years to correct. It would NOT happen overnight. It would have taken much longer for Blue Moon to remember her training, and she only would have after Bobby Jo had earned her trust. My comments are based on nine years of riding experience and three years of training experience. I also own my own horse. Overall, I found this book extremely dissapointing. I recommend that you don't waste your money buying it.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    blue moon

    this is the best horse book ever hope you read it

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