The New Class (Chestnut Hill Series #1)

The New Class (Chestnut Hill Series #1)

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by Lauren Brooke
     
 


From the author of the popular Heartland books comes a smart, sassy series set at an exclusive, all-girls boarding school in Virginia, where horses--and status--mean everything.

Welcome to Chestnut Hill, a prestigious boarding school with a rich tradition of academics, horses, and rivalry. This year, five girls from different backgrounds will challenge the

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From the author of the popular Heartland books comes a smart, sassy series set at an exclusive, all-girls boarding school in Virginia, where horses--and status--mean everything.

Welcome to Chestnut Hill, a prestigious boarding school with a rich tradition of academics, horses, and rivalry. This year, five girls from different backgrounds will challenge the Chestnut Hill stereotype. There's witty, spunky Dylan; secretive Malory; western tomboy Lani; Honey, the soft-spoken Brit; and polished New Yorker Razina. None is prepared for the social or riding rigors, and they all doubt they will fit in -- certainly not if queen bee Lynsey and her clique have any say. But if this unlikely fivesome can band together, they may prove themselves the true stars of Chestnut Hill.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Dylan is thrilled to arrive at Chestnut Hill, an all-girl boarding school. In addition to excellent academics, they offer a top-tier equestrian program. Dylan's love of ponies allows her to immediately bond with the other seventh graders from around the country. Although the girls have unique personalities, most live a pampered lifestyle. Of course, things are never quite as they seem. Throughout the book, the girls grow to know each other beyond these first impressions. The entire class has outstanding riding skills but they all want to be the best. Some of the girls display unattractive traits in competitive situations—both in and outside of the riding arena. As classes and lessons progress, Dylan makes some impulsive decisions that affect her friendships, academics, and riding. She realizes that she is better at connecting with animals than with people. When Dylan focuses on being a good friend, she becomes much happier and more successful. Traits of a good friend are a good discussion point in this coming-of-age chapter book. Studying horses while reading this book would be helpful for comprehension as there are a number of very specific equestrian terms with which the average reader would not be familiar. 2005, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 to 13.
—Julie Schneggenburger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439738545
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
Chestnut Hill, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Lauren Brooke is the author of the hit Heartland series.

Working Partners has developed several bestselling series, including Heartland, Rainbow Magic, and Warriors.

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