Hoofbeats: Katie and the Mustang #1

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Orphaned at age six and taken in by a heartless couple, nine-year-old Katie Rose spends her days doing chores and dreaming of going west to find her Uncle Jack. Then Mr. Stevens brings home an unbroken Mustang, and Katie's world changes. Katie is drawn to the horse's wildness, and he seems to sense her need for companionship. So when Katie learns that the Stevenses plan to join the expansion West&150without her or the Mustang&150she makes a desperate decision to go on her own. And she will not leave the ...

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Overview

Orphaned at age six and taken in by a heartless couple, nine-year-old Katie Rose spends her days doing chores and dreaming of going west to find her Uncle Jack. Then Mr. Stevens brings home an unbroken Mustang, and Katie's world changes. Katie is drawn to the horse's wildness, and he seems to sense her need for companionship. So when Katie learns that the Stevenses plan to join the expansion West&150without her or the Mustang&150she makes a desperate decision to go on her own. And she will not leave the Mustang behind.

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Publishers Weekly
Duey (the Unicorn's Secret series) trots out the Hoofbeats series with this conventionally satisfying yet occasionally sluggish story. Set on an Iowa farm in the 184os, it introduces the nine-year-old narrator, Katie Rose, who has been living with the heartless, demanding Stevenses ever since her parents and sister died of fever three years earlier. Performing never-ending chores, Katie dreams of going to live with her uncle-who hasn't yet written back to her-and steals time in the barn, finding solace in the company of the animals. The lonely girl establishes a special rapport with a wild mustang that Mr. Stevens has been tricked into buying and that seems incapable of being tamed. Recognizing the stallion's potential-and sensing that it needs a friend as much as she does-Katie soothes the horse and clandestinely allows it the exercise it desperately needs. The girl's hopes rise when Mr. Stevens decides to sell the farm and move west to homestead, in Oregon-where Katie's uncle lives-she later overhears the farmer's plans to place her in an orphanage and destroy the mustang. Horse aficionados will be the most appreciative audience for the sometimes protracted barn scenes involving Katie and the mustang, as well as the hoky chapter openers seemingly narrated by the mustang itself. Yet the heroine's plight and pluck and the novel's dramatic conclusion may well entice other readers to ride on to Book Two, due out the same month. Ages 8-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142400906
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/24/2004
  • Series: Hoofbeats Series, #1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 384,431
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    Bleak, Depressing, MISERABLE BOOK

    My grade-school age daughter brought this home & we started reading it at bedtime. It's a TERRIBLE SERIES! We've now read books one & two--hoping book two would get better.

    Set in the early 1800's, they're SUPER-SAD & BLEAK. The main character, Katie, is an orphan whose parents & sister died of "the fever." She lives with a childless couple who BEAT HER & treat her as their poorly-fed SLAVE.

    She spends chapters talking about being beaten with a willow switch for crying out loud! In book two, Katie escapes, but then finds herself in the middle of tragedy again--on the trail to Oregon.

    They were VERY hard to read. I cried, my daughters cried. I found I couldn't sufficiently explain to them why thing were as they were--why the era, and the times they lived in made it ok for women to be beaten & treated like dirt. I couldn't say anything to make it better.

    The author's writing style was long-winded & depressing to boot. The stories did NOT have any kind of upbeat, happy ending--they were just left hanging...from one miserable moment to the next.

    I wouldn't read these as an adult! DEFINITELY NOT FOR KIDS!!!

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