Fear of Falling (Vet Volunteers Series #9) [NOOK Book]

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David is determined to learn to jump on horseback if it kills him. And sometimes he's afraid it might, like when Comet balks and won't go over the crossbar. Now that David's father is back in town, he's promised to teach David how to jump like a champion. But David can't let him know how scared he is. Because there's one thing that scares David more than falling off a horse, ...
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Fear of Falling (Vet Volunteers Series #9)

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Overview

David is determined to learn to jump on horseback if it kills him. And sometimes he's afraid it might, like when Comet balks and won't go over the crossbar. Now that David's father is back in town, he's promised to teach David how to jump like a champion. But David can't let him know how scared he is. Because there's one thing that scares David more than falling off a horse, and that's disappointing his father. Can he overcome his fear, or even talk about it?


Twelve-year-old David has conflicting feelings when his father, who taught him to ride the horses he loves so much, returns to spend Thanksgiving Day with the family after being gone for a year.

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Editorial Reviews

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David, featured in "Wild at Heart" #3 Trickster, is front and center in this 9th entry in the series. This twelve-year-old is juggling a lot—his father's move to Texas and subsequent lack of contact with the family, his mother's struggle to keep the family on an even keel, his siblings' response to the family situation, his volunteering with four other adolescents at Dr. Mac's Wild at Heart Animal Clinic, and his love of horseback riding coupled with his fear of jumping. Everything comes to a head when his father returns to town for Thanksgiving weekend after being gone nearly a year. David's love of horses comes from his father and David desperately wants to please his father by being as good a rider/jumper as he is. His recurring nightmare of falling has a double meaning—the obvious one about jumping as well as a subtler one about his relationship with his Dad. Tension builds as he watches his Dad show off, mistreating a beautiful horse as he does; and again when his father gives him a jumping lesson and David is injured. Pressure builds at home as well, as Thanksgiving approaches and David tries to discern why Dad is all of a sudden semi-back in their lives. Is he here to stay? Is it safe to open up to him? The writing is uneven, with stilted dialogue mixed in with some very perceptive observations. Dr. Mac and Mr. Quinn, the owner of the stables, are wise and caring adults; David is lucky to have them to lean on. This is certainly formulaic, but there will be a certain appeal to pre-teen horse lovers. There is an appendix in Dr. Mac's newspaper column with information about horses and jumping. 2001, Pleasant Company, $4.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Peg Glisson AGES: 910 11 12
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101135495
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/6/2009
  • Series: Vet Volunteers Series , #9
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 233,925
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 151 KB

Meet the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2001

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    if u love wild @ heart books and horses put both together and you've got a great book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Cute

    Personaly, I loved it. So tense and fun at the same time.
    I think David is the cutest.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    love it

    This is the best book ever it make the book in tergfing I have reaD ALL THE BOOKSIT IS AWSOME

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    Love For Horses, You Got To Read This Book.

    This is a very good book. It tells the readers what is happening in it. I love horses, I own horses, but this book got my attention at once. I've wanted to do jumping for ever. It is a book that is unforegetable. It also tells the bond between Father and son. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Read this book and email me what you think.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    This book is awesome

    The books in the vet volunteers series are all true stories and if you want a real life reality book read Say Good-bye by the same auther

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Skyleaf

    Walks in just in to to hear Whitefoots speech and murmurs to herself. She looks at the fox kit sympathetically but follows Whitefoots instructions and walks back out. Skyleaf

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Whitefoot to Night

    "Last time we accepted a fox kit, there was a lot of fighting and disputes in the clan. If you stay too long, there will only be problems." ~Warning Whitefoot

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Birdstrike to sleek

    Um...hi. im preety sure they ran back into the forest. Just saying.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Greyclaw

    Ashkit and oakkit! Get to the nursery.

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    Posted August 3, 2012

    Skystep

    "Fox kits!" She stared. -Skystep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Sunsoul

    "Im sorry I was gone. You still here?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Night

    The pure black fox kit sat in the clearing, playing with a gras hopper. His claws and teeth had grown to full size. He was very good at walking a running, gracfully and steathily. The young fox let the grasshopper go and sat down. Wondering were Sunsoul was. He sighed sadly, wondering if she or his mother would ever come back for him. He was starving...he hadnt eaten for day. ~ Hungry Night

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Ashkit and oakkit

    They pelt out and run to te first result.

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