Fear of Falling (Vet Volunteers Series #9)

Fear of Falling (Vet Volunteers Series #9)

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by Laurie Halse Anderson
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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, and that's disappointing his father. Can he overcome his fear, or even talk about it?

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Children's Literature
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101135495
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/06/2009
Series:
Vet Volunteers Series , #9
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
566,542
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
File size:
154 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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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Fear of Falling 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if u love wild @ heart books and horses put both together and you've got a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personaly, I loved it. So tense and fun at the same time. I think David is the cutest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever it make the book in tergfing I have reaD ALL THE BOOKSIT IS AWSOME
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nnot enough chapters and pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um...hi. im preety sure they ran back into the forest. Just saying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Fox kits!" She stared. -Skystep
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"Im sorry I was gone. You still here?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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They pelt out and run to te first result.