Jumper

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Reese loves horses and longs to be a competitive show-jumper. When the leased horse she rides is sold she is left riding the orneriest horse in the stable. She decides she must find a horse of her own. Her parents can't afford a trained horse so she decides to buy a wild horse at auction.

Outbid, she discovers that many of the wild horses are will be sold for slaughter. Determined to save the horses from a terrible fate she finds herself in ...

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Reese loves horses and longs to be a competitive show-jumper. When the leased horse she rides is sold she is left riding the orneriest horse in the stable. She decides she must find a horse of her own. Her parents can't afford a trained horse so she decides to buy a wild horse at auction.

Outbid, she discovers that many of the wild horses are will be sold for slaughter. Determined to save the horses from a terrible fate she finds herself in deeper than she expected—and fighting for her life.

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Reese wants to become a competitive show jumper, but her family really can't afford to lease or buy the quality of horse that she needs to be taken as a serious contender. When spending time with her grandfather at his farm, she happens to see a herd of wild horses, and when her grandfather tells her that the horses technically belong to the military and will be rounded up to sell, Reese decides that she must have the chestnut mare who looks to be a natural jumper. However, a mean rancher named Mr. Bellamy outbids Reese, shattering her dreams. However, when it becomes apparent that Mr. Bellamy committed fraud in order to buy so many horses, Emily is determined to bring him to justice. This book does some nice work in explaining aspects of jumping and what one needs in terms of equipment, but it also relies a great deal on stock plot twists: the chestnut horse saves Reese from an aggressive stallion because the horse and Reese already have a connection; Reese is able to outwit Mr. Bellamy even though she's not really solid driving a vehicle and has not been able to get a signal for her cell phone in miles. But horse lovers won't mind any of these coincidences or suspensions of reality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551436203
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Orca Sports Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 996,525
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Martin Bossley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Her sixth grade teacher encouraged her to write down the stories she enjoyed creating, but it wasn't until high school that Michele really began to consider writing as a career. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1991, and began working seriously on writing children's books.

Michele is the author of eighteen novels for young people. Ten of her books have been chosen by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for the Our Choice list. Others have been nominated for the Manitoba and Alberta Reader's Choice Award, and she was runner-up for the 1997 Writer's Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Children's Literature award.

Many of Michele's books focus on different sports. As a former athlete, she was involved in synchronized swimming in her teens and competitive swimming in university. She has also coached young swimmers, in addition to coaching her twin sons' soccer and hockey teams, and draws on much of that experience for her books.

A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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"You can't threaten me," I countered, my knees quivering with fear. "I'll tell whoever I want about this and you can't stop me."

"Oh, can't I? Your Grandpa's having a hard time scraping money to keep that ranch running, isn't he? How would it be if things got just a little bit harder? You wouldn't want ole' Granddad to lose the farm, now would you?"

"You couldn't do that," I whispered.

"Try me," Bellamy said, his eyes glittering like a snake's.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    There are more and more young adult books being written today with sports themes, but I don't see many with an equestrian theme. Orca Book Publishers author Michele Martin Bossley's JUMPER offers just that. Aimed at a younger tween audience, JUMPER presents an adventure centered on the sport of show jumping. <BR/><BR/>Reese has found her true love - a great horse named Dublin. Their personalities complement one another and with practice they may have a real shot at the competition. Unfortunately, Reese doesn't own Dublin. The horse's owners are selling her, leaving Reese to "borrow" a much less desirable horse named Boots. Prospects of winning any competition fade away as it becomes obvious that there is no chemistry between rider and mount. <BR/><BR/>Reese's parents don't offer much hope that they can afford to purchase a better horse for their daughter. Then along comes Reese's grandfather with a possible solution for the problem. The military owns land nearby and is auctioning some wild horses that have been living on the land. Grandfather suggests that the auction prices might be low enough for Reese to purchase her own horse. <BR/><BR/>There is a beautiful red horse in the herd. Reese immediately knows she's the one. When another bidder outbids them the real adventure begins. It turns out that the new owner has other plans for the horses he purchased, and Reese is determined to put a stop to those plans. <BR/><BR/>At only a little over 140 pages and written at an easy-to-read level, JUMPER is sure to be popular with horse enthusiasts. The characters are surprisingly well-developed and the action includes examples of show jumping, as well as fast-paced attempts to stop the bad guys. JUMPER is a fun, quick read.

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  • Anonymous

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    Okay Book

    Kadelyn Wirick Timber Creek High Class of 2008. This book was interesting, but just not my style. I feel that it could've been longerbecause it jumped around and never seemed to spend a lot of time in one place. I liked the book even though it ended too soon. I would reccomend this book to people between the ages of 8 and 12 because it seemed to be for a younger audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

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    There are more and more young adult books being written today with sports themes, but I don¿t see many with an equestrian theme. Orca Book Publishers author Michele Martin Bossley¿s JUMPER offers just that. Aimed at a younger tween audience, JUMPER presents an adventure centered on the sport of show jumping. Reese has found her true love ¿ a great horse named Dublin. Their personalities complement one another and with practice they may have a real shot at the competition. Unfortunately, Reese doesn¿t own Dublin. The horse¿s owners are selling her, leaving Reese to ¿borrow¿ a much less desirable horse named Boots. Prospects of winning any competition fade away as it becomes obvious that there is no chemistry between rider and mount. Reese¿s parents don¿t offer much hope that they can afford to purchase a better horse for their daughter. Then along comes Reese¿s grandfather with a possible solution for the problem. The military owns land nearby and is auctioning some wild horses that have been living on the land. Grandfather suggests that the auction prices might be low enough for Reese to purchase her own horse. There is a beautiful red horse in the herd. Reese immediately knows she¿s the one. When another bidder outbids them the real adventure begins. It turns out that the new owner has other plans for the horses he purchased, and Reese is determined to put a stop to those plans. At only a little over 140 pages and written at an easy-to-read level, JUMPER is sure to be popular with horse enthusiasts. The characters are surprisingly well-developed and the action includes examples of show jumping, as well as fast-paced attempts to stop the bad guys. JUMPER is a fun, quick read. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'

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