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Shadow Horse
     

Shadow Horse

4.8 140
by Alison Hart
 

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Horses + mystery + rescuing abused animals = a triple crown of perpetually popular preteen genres!

Thirteen-year-old Jasmine is found guilty of assaulting Hugh Robicheaux, the owner of the horse farm where she works. But she's still determined to prove that Robicheaux killed Whirlwind, the mare she loved. Jas is sure that Shadow Horse, a scrawny brown gelding she

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Horses + mystery + rescuing abused animals = a triple crown of perpetually popular preteen genres!

Thirteen-year-old Jasmine is found guilty of assaulting Hugh Robicheaux, the owner of the horse farm where she works. But she's still determined to prove that Robicheaux killed Whirlwind, the mare she loved. Jas is sure that Shadow Horse, a scrawny brown gelding she rescues at a horse auction, is the key to the mystery—but just how is Shadow Horse connected to Whirlwind?

Deftly written by a teacher and equestrian who has authored more than sixty books, this heartwarming and inspiring Edgar Award nominee will have special appeal for mystery fans as well as young horse lovers.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Mystery combined with horses—surely a winning combination. Jasmine trains and shows a beautiful horse named Whirlwind, who suddenly dies. She's convinced the horse's owner, Hugh, killed Whirlwind for some unknown reason and she attacks Hugh with a pick—at the same instant her grandfather has a stroke. Convicted of felony assault and in the foster care system, Jas gets sent to Second Chance Farms until her next hearing. While at the facility for rescuing abused and neglected animals, Jas comes across a scrawny horse named Shadow at an auction. Jas becomes convinced Shadow, Whirlwind, and Hugh are somehow connected. She just needs to find out how. Hart does an excellent job making her characters real, and she gives us a good look at what families are supposed to be about, finding the courage to stand up for what we know is right, and the importance of trust. This would make an excellent book for the library, the classroom, or the home. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Random House, 261p. 18cm. 98-43845., $4.99. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Elsie Keyes; Teacher & Libn., Kalispell, MT , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375802638
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/27/2001
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
235,111
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.39(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Hart is an avid horse rider who loves a good mystery. She has been reading and writing about animals since she was a girl. She has written more than sixty children's books and is well known as a writer of horse and adventure stories. Her novel Shadow Horse was nominated for an Edgar Award. Her most recent title, Gabriel's Horses (Peachtree), was nominated for the 2008-2009 Texas Bluebonnet, Kentucky Bluegrass, and Keystone State Awards. She appears year-round at reading and writing conferences. To find out more about Alison, her horses, and her books, visit her Web site at www.alisonhartbooks.com.

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Shadow Horse 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 140 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* Hi!!!!!! I love this book its awesoe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!!!!! Please make another 1 after whirlwind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Breanna Ackerman More than 1 year ago
Best book ever, if you are a horse lover you would probly love this book!
Georgina Hutcheson More than 1 year ago
Best book ever for horse lovers
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. I couldn't put it down! If you love horses or mysteries, you HAVE to read this book. I could read it millions of times! I just hope there's a sequal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrilling but sad. Great book 4 horse lovers. Might also like Canterwood Crest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Very interesting and captivating could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really miss my horse robbie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read the smaple book and it took me off my feet! I love this book!
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting to read Shadow Horse for a while now - I've been craving a good horse book, and this one managed to deliver me something that brought back my love of horses. Shadow Horse starts off slowly. I couldn't get into it for the first forty pages, and considering the length of the book, that's a substantial amount. Once we passed that mark - most of which was set up - it picked up rather quickly. I like Jas a lot. Her honest love of the horses was conveyed easily, and I love how most of her worry was focused on her grandfather and the horses and not on her budding relationship with Chase (which, though adorable, I didn't feel the connection much). Hugh was the man everybody loved to hate, and I loved the side characters - both two legged and four legged. My favorite part? The animals. All of them had distinct personalities, which I've found some authors have a hard time accomplishing. It was refreshing to see that - being an animal owner and lover, it's good to see all the personalities in play.
jujuu21 More than 1 year ago
A must read. Loved it and the characters. Just bouth the second " whrilwind"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
poco1960 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! it is one of my fav. it was really good.
horseluver05 More than 1 year ago
this book is very good with a mysterious twist!!! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book I would read it again in no time. It took me two days to read this book because it was soooo.. interesting! Alison hart is becoming one of my favorite authors. I would recommend this book who loves mysteries and has a heart for horses!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading SHADOW HORSE. I thought it was a very intriguing plot, fast-paced and all that good stuff. Jas, the main charachter, is portrayed well enough that you really want to know who killed Whirlwind. Throughout the book you're left hanging, and the ending, while it leaves some loose ends, is satisfying. I loved the horse, Shadow, too. --------- Okay, now for the bad :( things. (I have to be honest, you know.) I found the whole romance between Jas and Chase really kind of forced and a little... um, dorky. I mean, like when she very first met him the first day, and they kept bumping heads and touching each other and getting all red, and all that. It really was stupid. And throughout the book, I never was very enthusiastic about the Chase-Jas relationship. That is my main complaint. I wish the book would have focused more entirely on horses. For me, at least, some of the phony little romance scenes, if you can call them that, ruined the effect of the mystery. That being said, I'll end by saying that it was interesting and worth a read -- but probably not worth a second read! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so hard to put down. You never know what is going to happen next. It is such a good book.
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I love this book so far so MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my personal favorite book and i love how she goes through her life while knowing what happened!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am a cowboy and loved it .......... :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the stories is based on a girl with a strong love for horses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooooooooooo good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book