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Stealing Thunder
     

Stealing Thunder

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by Mary Casanova
 

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Libby wants a horse more than anything in the world. Since she is unable to have one of her own, she’s been doing stable chores for her neighbors, the Porters, for the past three years in exchange for riding lessons from Jolene Porter. Libby forms a special bond with the Porters’ prize Appaloosa, Thunder, but this arrangement comes crashing to an end

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Libby wants a horse more than anything in the world. Since she is unable to have one of her own, she’s been doing stable chores for her neighbors, the Porters, for the past three years in exchange for riding lessons from Jolene Porter. Libby forms a special bond with the Porters’ prize Appaloosa, Thunder, but this arrangement comes crashing to an end when Jolene abruptly disappears. With Jolene gone, Mr. Porter refuses to let Libby visit Thunder any longer. Making matters worse, she soon discovers that he’s taking out his anger on his animals. With the help of Griff, a new boy in town, Libby devises a daring plan to steal Thunder. But how long can they stay on the run and keep Thunder safe, when Mr. Porter holds all the power?

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Jolene left without saying goodbye, and Libby misses riding with her. Jolene and her husband own the stables next door to the apple orchards owned by Libby's family. With Jolene gone, Libby won't get to spend time with Thunderbird, her favorite horse. Thunder was skittish when Libby first met him, but now they are fast friends. Libby yearns for the horse, but her family cannot afford to buy him. Sneaking out of the house to see her equine friend, Libby comes to understand that Jolene's husband is abusing the horse--perhaps in a plan to collect insurance money. Libby must choose between following the rules and protecting Thunder. One of the relationships in the book, between Libby and a boy named Griff, is not well developed. Griff joins in Libby's plans without any clear motivation other than that they are both outsiders at school. Despite this concern, the book is a fast-paced read, and the dilemma of trying to do what's right even though it goes against instructions is an important issue for early adolescents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816692101
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
07/15/2014
Series:
Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
736,137
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Mary Casanova is the author of more than thirty books, ranging from picture books to YA novels, including Frozen (Minnesota, 2012).

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Stealing Thunder 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really dont know what to say about this book! Its just SOOOOOOOOOOOO amazing!! I love it so much!! Trust me, if your a horse lover (like i am!!) you will absolutley LOVE this book! I hated Mr.Porter but the rest is AWESOME!!! After reading this book...it might convince you to own a horse...or more then one like what i have!! This book is just amazing! not just any horse lovers will love this book...even if you dont love horses this is a great book to read! but overall this is a GREAT/AWESOME book to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best horse books in the world. It's sad when... no, I'm not giving the sad PARTS (yes, PARTS!) :( away. Its an awesome book. If you love horses (as I), want to own one (or even if you don't!) READ THIS BOOK. It will become one of your faves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK STEALING THUNDER IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!! IF U LIKE HORSES U WILL LOVE THIS AWSOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!! IT IS FULL OF EXCITEMENT AND ADVENTURE! IT NEVER GETS BORING!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book at the book fair at my schoo1 four or three years ago because I liked the cover.But,when I started to read it and I couldn't put it down.A must read book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book, I couldn't put it down. It was exciting and very fast-paced. I recommend this book to everyone who likes great books!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book by Mary Casanova at first I just grabbed the book because it was about horses and I needed a book to read but then I just couldn't stop reading it so I decided to read WOLF SHADOWS also by Mary Casanova
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love horses, action, and suspense all put together you would LOVE this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago