That's Not Hay in My Hairby Juliette Turner
New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they
New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns, and a cat … all by themselves.
Juliette couldn’t help feeling excited, even though she’d have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service. Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy it’s hard to believe they’re for real—but it all happened exactly how it’s written.
Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lessons learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner.
--- Melissa Moore
Gr 5–7—After living in New York City, Jules and her writer mom, Emily, move to a 300-acre ranch Emily purchased in Texas after the sale of her first book. Jules soon learns that farm life is a far cry from life in the city. Her new small Texas town moves at a slow pace, close neighbors are a thing of the past, and raising animals proves to be more than challenging. With each chapter comes a new adventure as Emily and Jules reacquaint themselves with their horses, Maggie, R2, and Rocky, and their herd of longhorns. Unfortunately, Emily's horse, Maggie, develops founder (a painful condition affecting the feet of horses) and begins to decline in health. The plot progresses slowly, and the introduction of a new student, Minnie, at Jules's school holds promise for a subplot that never fully develops. As the book comes to a close, the pace accelerates, leaving Jules and her mom to face their most difficult decision yet. VERDICT Dedicated readers will overlook the slow progression of the plot and the overemphasized Southern dialect to experience the cycle of life and the hope that follows.—Susan Harris, Ridgeway High School, TN
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Eighteen-year-old Juliette Turner, author of Our Presidents Rock! (2014) and That’s Not Hay in My Hair (2016), is a college freshman and the National Youth Director of Constituting America. When she isn’t writing or on the speaking circuit, she can be found with her mother, actress Janine Turner, on their ranch caring for their four dogs, two cats, herd of longhorns, and four Angus cattle.
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Most of us have faced a move in our lifetime and know that it can be both thrilling and terrifying. Jules and her momma are about to face all of that and more. After living her whole life (she's now 11) in New York City, Jules is about to move to her family's ranch in the middle of nowhere Texas. To say that she's about to encounter culture shock is a bit of an understatement. Life on the ranch is delightfully exaggerated. Why have just ordinary cattle when you can have a herd of longhorns? And why should you settle for one dog when you can have a whole pack of them? The wonderful chaos that surrounds life on the ranch is sure to make the reader laugh. Juliette's writing style is perfect for the tween reader. I personally liked the interactions with the other characters. Jules' grandmother is a bossy flossy sort, but her grandfather is the perfect mate with his patient endurance. Meeting new friends can be nerve wracking but Jules winds up with some good ones. Whether you're about to embark on a move or not, this would be the perfect summer read for your tween. The snappy dialogue and the zany situations are sure to keep your young reader engaged and entertained. The fact that the author is a teen herself should also inspire your kiddo that they could be a writer as well. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
I was more than surprised. I was offered this book by BookLook. I didn't read anything about it before I downloaded the E book to my phone. I wish I had received the print copy! It took me a few days to read because I was reading it on my phone. But I really enjoyed it. Here's what it's about . . . (Resource provided by BookLook) New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns, and a cat … all by themselves. Juliette couldn’t help feeling excited, even though she’d have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service. Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy it’s hard to believe they’re for real—but it all happened exactly how it’s written. Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lessons learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner. And I thought . . . I didn't know what to expect. I wasn't totally sure who the intended audience was. I just read the book and enjoyed it. The characters were funny and heartwarming. The stories Juliette tells about the things that happen to her are were funny. I could tell that the writer knew what she was talking about when she described working with the animals. There was a lot of detail that would be interesting (in my opinion) for readers that know nothing about ranching and horses. The detail was 'spot on' and made the story interesting for me. That attention to detail impressed me. Jules the main character was young. Going into the 6th grade moving from New York City and an all girls private school to a Christian school in Texas. Jules shares her thoughts and feelings about all the changes going on in her life with a humorous enthusiasm. I did think that Jules really didn't talk like a 13 year old. Her character could have easily been 17 or 18. The things she did and her attitude toward her mother and grandparents was very mature. The way she worked around the barn and took care of things was very mature. This was a fun story and I recommend it to all ages. I do think that the intended audience of 8-12 is a bit young. My two 8 year old grand children (a boy and a girl) who are both little horse people themselves would probably not be too interested. They would probably really enjoy the story so I could see the book would be good for a family to read together for younger children. I don't want to give the story away. The ending might be a little intense for younger readers. Especially those with no ranching experience. There are a lot of interesting situations that Jules and her mother get into while managing the ranch. The situations are real and true things that could happen on a ranch. A little of how they handled things like being late to school because of something that happened at the ranch was a little bit crazy. I couldn't help but feel that Jules mom needed to help her daughter learn to be a little more organized. But I didn't see that Emily her mom was real organized. She was a little scatter brained. I was
The Country Life One day, you are living in a tiny apartment in New York City, the next, you find yourself on a sprawling ranch miles from the nearest neighbor. That is what happened to this author, seventeen-year-old Jules Turner, when she was in grade school. One day her mom announced they would be moving to the Lone Star State, and shortly afterwards, they did. Jules does a good job of contrasting what life was like while she attended a private girl's school in New York City, a few steps away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to a life of getting up at the crack of dawn to feed horses, and attend to other animals on their Texas ranch. She includes some of the predicaments those animals get themselves, or Jules and her mother, into. The move even forced her to dress differently, especially her footwear. On their ranch, she has to wear special "snake boots" because of the ever-present danger of poisonous snakes. After their move west, Jules' Texas grandparents become a bigger part of her life. They bring humor, along with love and caring, in their interactions with Jules and her mom. It was heart-warming to read about their get-togethers, even if bumpy at times. Although their neighbors are fewer and farther apart than when they lived in New York City, the author is astonished when their Texas neighbors rally around them with food and comfort during a tragic event. Jules remarks that the tenants of their New York apartment, who were mere steps away, would not have done that. Trying to cope with the grief and loss she feels afterward, Jules shows wisdom beyond her age when she states, "...I found that life was made up of moments, and if I could just make it through that one moment, I could face the next." Good advice for us all, no matter our age. There are some overriding questions that beginning forming in your mind while reading this book. The biggest of which is: where is her dad? Is he part of her life, or non-existent? There was a perfect point in the book when it could have been addressed, but it wasn't. Despite that, this 5-star book is interesting, and it is amazing that it was written by someone so young. No doubt this is geared toward readers from middle school up, but adults will enjoy it too. A word of warning, the story at the end of the book could be something some parents might object to. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of That's Not Hay in My Hair, through Zonderkidz Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
“That’s NOT Hay in My Hair” was sent to me by Zonderkidz – a division of Zondervan Publishing – free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. “That’s NOT Hay in My Hair” is a Christian fiction novel written by Juliette Turner who, by the way, is only seventeen years old and has already published two other books. They are “Our Constitution Rocks” and “Our Presidents Rock”… May I say, GOOD JOB JULIETTE!! This novel begins in New York and culminates in Texas. The two main characters are Juliette (nicknamed Jules) and her mom. Jules had known city life as long as she could remember and was now going to be uprooted and moved to a ranch in Texas. On her last day of school her friends are all warning her of the snakes and scorpions, and man-eating cows, so, to say the least, she arrives in Texas TERRIFIED. She soon falls in love with the animals and the country, though. This book isn’t suspenseful or romantic. It is just a sweet walk through a little girl’s introduction to the wide open country. I liked it and would recommend it to young girls – or if you’re like me, sappy older women. :-D
That's Not Hay in My Hair by Juliette Turner is an awesome book! Author Juliette Turner is a teenage author and I have to say I very much enjoy her writing style. My daughter and I absolutely love this book. We often think of moving to the country and with the help of this book we can imagine just a bit more of what all that would be like. Although now my daughter would like to move to the country even more because of all the adventures Juliette gets to experience. This is a perfect book for girls and I highly recommend it! Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.
THAT'S NOT HAY IN MY HAIR was a very good book. My only complaint was she killed a horse. (Isn't that illegal to kill a horse in a book? It should be.) Other than that, it was really, really, really funny. They had to save an animal every single day since they moved. Like one of the cows was jealous about not having a baby so it was trying to calf-nab. And it it ended up into a bovine brawl. That was really funny. I loved this book and highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite That’s Not Hay in My Hair: Big Apple to Big Adventures by Juliette Turner is a children’s book. Juliette lives in a cramped apartment in New York with her mum and her pets. It’s the first day of the summer holidays and she is about to make a move that will change her life forever. They are moving to Texas, to a 300-acre ranch, a long way from the cramped apartment and busy streets she lives in now. The ranch is home to a cat, dogs, cattle, and horses and it is up to Juliette and her mum to care for them. Juliette has never been so excited, despite the dangers that await her. Before long she is rescuing animals, running from snakes, caring for horses, and having more adventures than she ever dreamed possible. Prepare for a bellyful of laughs and lots of lessons as you follow Juliette on her big adventure to her new life. That’s Not Hay in My Hair: Big Apple to Big Adventures by Juliette Turner is an amusing book for children. It is written well for its audience in plain language that is easy to follow and understand. The story line was something a little bit different, and I thought the characters were quite well developed. It is a fun story, but contains a few life lessons that many children will find useful, especially when Juliette has to deal with all sorts of dangers and dramas. I think that children of all ages will love the animal side of the story – who doesn’t like animals! And I also think that this is the type of book that will be enjoyed by many, not just those who can read it themselves but by those who find themselves reading it out aloud to their children. Good book, I enjoyed the read.
The flow of this book made no sense. The events all jumbled together and did not make sense. There was a story arc about Jules and this class bully that never went anywhere. Although I appreciated all the animals and the family's love for them this book completely lost me.