Overview

Sam, a seven-year-old boy, is devastated when his mother leaves him for two weeks on his grandfather's ranch. Grandpa has a lot of rules, and Sam isn't happy about having to stay with him. But Sam's time on the ranch isn't all bad. He learns to ride a horse and also discovers some surprising things about his father, who died when Sam was a baby. When Sam is forced to overcome his fear of riding in order to help rescue Grandpa, Sam grows to appreciate both his grandpa and life on...
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Sam's Ride

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Overview

Sam, a seven-year-old boy, is devastated when his mother leaves him for two weeks on his grandfather's ranch. Grandpa has a lot of rules, and Sam isn't happy about having to stay with him. But Sam's time on the ranch isn't all bad. He learns to ride a horse and also discovers some surprising things about his father, who died when Sam was a baby. When Sam is forced to overcome his fear of riding in order to help rescue Grandpa, Sam grows to appreciate both his grandpa and life on the ranch.
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Editorial Reviews

Tacoma School District #10
"Filled with chapter headings, sketches, and a simple storyline. A great addition for an emerging reader!"
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Sam has never spent much time with his grandfather and is devastated when his mother leaves him at his grandfather's ranch while she is away at a two-week conference. Sam does not like Grandpa's rules, but he is secretly happy when he is given the cowboy boots and hat worn by his dad when he was a boy. Sam approaches riding Bolt, the horse Grandpa had chosen for him, with trepidation, but his dread turns to an unexpected calm when riding is not the challenge he had feared. After an accidental fall from the horse, however, Sam vows never to ride again. When a fallen tree limb injures his Grandpa after a storm, Sam abandons his promise and races Bolt without restrain in search of help. With his grandfather safe and his own confidence at a high, Sam settles in to enjoy his remaining days at the ranch. The plot is slight and predictable, but it moves at a good pace. Combine that with its short length, and you have a good choice for a reluctant reader. The pencil sketches are adequate and provide an excellent break for young readers who can sometimes be overwhelmed with an all-text book. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459806054
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Orca Echoes Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Becky Citra is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. When Becky is not writing, she gardens, hikes, skis and reads. Becky lives with her husband and daughter on a ranch where she has ridden and trained horses for thirty years in Bridge Lake, British Columbia.

Amy Meissner currently lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Her two, bad orange cats keep her company in the studio all day long where she paints, draws, writes, cuts fabric, and moves cats off the things they aren't supposed to sleep on. Creating art for children's books is Amy's favorite job, but she also illustrates for posters and articles. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing and has undergraduate degrees in both Art and Textiles.

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Bolt burst into a trot. Sam's heart jumped down his throat. Up and down, up and down, he bounced in the saddle. His feet flew out of the stirrups. The fence and then barn and Grandpa flashed by. "Whoa!" yelled Sam. "Whoa!" Grandpa stepped in front of Bolt. He grabbed the reins and pulled Bolt to a stop. Sam took a huge breath. "I'm getting off!" he said. He slid off the horse. It was a long way to the ground. His legs wobbled. He thought Grandpa would be disgusted with him. But Grandpa looked pleased. "Not bad for your first time," he said.
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