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Pie in the Sky: Book Four of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch [NOOK Book]

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Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will ride her horse? Abby's dad seems to think it will be Abby. Pie in the Sky is the most expensive horse Abby has ever ridden. But he is proud and irritable, ...
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Pie in the Sky: Book Four of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch

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Overview

Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will ride her horse? Abby's dad seems to think it will be Abby. Pie in the Sky is the most expensive horse Abby has ever ridden. But he is proud and irritable, and he takes Abby's attention away from the continuing mystery that is True Blue.

And then there's high school—Abby finds new friends, but also new challenges, and a larger world that sometimes seems strange and intimidating. She begins to wonder if there is another way to look at horses, people, and life itself.

Accompanied by the beautiful imagery of 1960s Northern California, Abby's charming mix of innocence and wisdom guide us through Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley's latest middle-grade horse novel.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
This is the fourth horse-related novel by Smiley. In the countryside of 1960s California, Abby Lovitt is trying to navigate her way through training horses, giving riding lessons, and competing on horses. She is also trying to fit into high school as a fresh-faced ninth grader. Change is lurking, though. Two of her good friends, Barbie and Alexis, have transferred to another school. Communication with them is limited. Two of her other friends, Stella and Gloria, only want to talk about television and gossip about classmates. Then, there is Sophia. She rides horses with Abby and is now attending Abby's school. Sophia follows her own rules and does not pay any attention to what anyone thinks of her. Abby is both fascinated and a little scared of her. There are changes with her horse as well. She is having a hard time riding True Blue, which no one can understand. Then she is given the opportunity to ride another horse, Pie in the Sky, in future competitions. Pie in the Sky has taken to Abby, and this is the most expensive horse she has ever ridden. She is not sure that she wants to ride Pie in the Sky, as she feels devoted to True Blue. Yet, True Blue has been nervous and uncomfortable around Abby recently. This book offers an in-depth look at how complex horses are, as well as the patience and skill a person must have to successfully ride one. Nice illustrations of materials, supplies, and equipment used by horse trainers and handlers can be found at the start of each chapter. This lovely work of young adult fiction will definitely appeal to late-middle school and young high school girls who love horses. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Abby Lovitt, first introduced in A Good Horse (Knopf, 2010) returns. The teenage daughter of a respected horse trader, Abby can't remember not riding. She loves her beautiful but green horse, True Blue, but is stuck at an impasse training him. Her time is constrained even more when she is tapped to ride Pie in the Sky, a prize jumper whose owner, Sophia, no longer wants to ride. While working with Pie, Abby realizes how much she loves riding and how important it is to her to do something she's passionate about. Sophia recovers her desire to ride after seeing Abby having so much fun on Pie. Abby also learns lessons about pride and the importance of family and friends. Her relationships with her family are well drawn, but her friends are one-dimensional and often introduced without explanation. The northern California setting and late-1960s time frame seem tacked on-they are not important to the story. Abby does much thinking and internal reasoning, making this a very character-centered novel. The book contains many details for horse-crazy readers, and the intended audience will probably be familiar with the specialized equestrian vocabulary frequently used. Purchase for fans of the first book.—Lisa Crandall, Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375985324
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: Horses of Oak Valley Ranch
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 189,901
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jane Smiley
JANE SMILEY is the author of many books for adults, including Private Life, Horse Heaven, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001.
            Jane lives in Northern California, where she rides horses every chance she gets. She is also the author of four other novels for young readers in the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch series:The Georges and the Jewels, A Good Horse, True Blue, and Pie in the Sky.


From the Hardcover edition.

Biography

Jane smiley is the author of many novels, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and Horse Heaven. She lives in Northern California. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern California
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 26, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Vassar College, 1971; M.A., Iowa University, 1975; M.F.A, 1976; Ph.D., 1978

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Horse expert

    I love and adour animals and horses. This was a great book. I train with horses and I'm a pro jockey racing in the preeknas. Thus is a GREAT BOOK FOR HORSE LOVERS!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Love!

    I love this book/series! I cant wait for the nxt one!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    By the way!!

    By the way authors work really hard , I mean what would you read without them! They should get shown more respect and be honored more by there readers and other people. Besides if you were an author and you sat there trying to finish a book for a couple of years and you came out with a great book ... but nobody liked it , how would you feel ? My point proven! To all authors keep writing your books I bet there better and better everytime!! Good job!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Reply To: How Many Pages? And More Review!

    Hi! The book has 182 pages of pure-mind-blowing-awesomeness! I love Jane Smiley! She is one of my top top favorite authors! A must buy, must read! I stayed up til almost midnight to read it! Oh yeah for the future, please be considerate of others and not put spoilers everyone! And really please dont be rude, hateful, etc. If you have anything like that to say please keep it to yourself! Everyone lets be honoring, respectful, and mature about what we say,do,write,think, etc. I love to read and I wont let that to get in the way! Thanks for reading, ~DAYDREAM14~

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Yes

    I agree. Writers should get more support. Like me in dance. I say let the writers write! And don't be mean to them. It's there passtion so don't spoil that for them! And that means don't say bad stuff about everyone! Like my mom says ' if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all!'

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Love

    Sooooooooooo goood and sad

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Pie in the sky

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    How many pages?

    How many pages??

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    TO AUTHOR!!!!!!!!!!!

    Girl go get a diaper put on cuz this is immature plus go get spanked with your panties down in public!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    I love these books!

    These books are amazing especially for young horse loving readers like me but people of all ages would enjoy this series!
    Its also great historical realistic fiction!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Horse locer

    Amazing book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 13, 2014

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