The New Class (Chestnut Hill Series #1)

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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; ...

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Overview


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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439738545
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Chestnut Hill , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 648,019
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Warming story about friendship and horses.

    Chestnut Hill is another one of those books you wouldn't want to put down once you start reading it. I loved the first book. There are more to come. I read them all so far and enjoyed them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    AttenNTIon HorSE cRAZies

    honestly if u love horseback riding anytbing by lauren brooke is fantastic to you her books are the most unique and slamin' piece of liturature you will ever read---believe my barn--you will enjoy every word she writes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    Great first book to start a series

    I really liked this book. At first i didn't want to read it because i was upset that Heartland ended, but i'm really glad i did. i hope it is a good a series as Heartland was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    A new kind of 'horse'

    I liked Chestnut Hill pretty much, I just feel a bit upset by the way they treat pretty people. I mean, not all of them have money. A friend of my cousin lives in a trailer park. Yeah, I guess I'm one of the 'pretty girls with money' types. Sure, I have two Louis Vuittons and a thousand dollar laptop, but my parents don't drive a Mercedes Benz! And, yeah, I can afford a thoroughbred and all, but, give us a break!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    A fan of the author of Lauren Brooke

    This is a great book. I only read about two of the heartland books but this is a book that you are interested in from the start. As a rider I can really relate to Dylan's commitment to riding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2006

    Chestnut Hill book #1

    this is one of the best books ive ever read!!!!!!!! it made me want to go to a boarding school!(here i come grier!)Any horse enthusiastic will LOVE this book! i know i did-READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Pretty Good

    I was also upset that Heartland ended, but in the first book Amy was a speaker and in the second book Amy helped a nervous horse. I am going to reading them because I thought the second was much better than the first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Give Lauren Brooke a break!

    I hve not had the chance to read this book yet but I have read other books in this series, and they are great! Give Lauren Brooke a break Heartland fans! I am a beginner writer and a writer knows the exact right time to end a series. Sometimes you just can't go further without starting a new series. I didn t care for the heartland books and I may not have read the last one, but I believe that if she tried to write a last book people still wouldn't be happy. They would want more. So it's over it won't go on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    chestnut hill? heartland? they are both great!!!!!

    i have onley read number one of chestnut hill but i couldent keep my eyes off it! it was the same with heartland, i read every book and each and every one was great!! i was so sad when heartland ended i was desperate to find another of lauren brookes seiries of horse books. anyway i recommend this book to any horse obsessed girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    this is an awsome book!

    this is a very good book. if you love horses then you will love this book. it really reaches out to you and you can tell what each chracter is feeling. it is really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    a horse lover and future 4 star eventer

    This is a great book. It is much better then heartland! I wish the girls would ride horses instead of ponies though. Lani is cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Wonderful Book

    This is a wonderful book that young equestrians will enjoy. Its an easy read that doesn't require you to know about horses in order to understand it. This book introduces you to a 7th grader named Dylan that is a new student to the Chestnut Hill boarding school. Dylan and some of her new friends have a passion for riding and want to make the Chestnut Hill riding team. You'll be set out on the adventure to Dylan's social life and friendships, including the one with her favoriate riding mount! After reading this, I am going to read the next book of the series. I hope you like the book as much as I did. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    Awesome!!!

    This is a very good book for anyone who likes horses and enjoys reading. Absolutely awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Awesome!!!!

    I loved this book!! I was sad that Heartland had ended, but this series is just as good!! You get to know the characters like you are experiencing everything with them!! Loved every minute of it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    NICE!!!

    I was could not believe it when i saw that the heartland series was ended. I read every single one. When i found out that there was going to be a new series i was interested to see how they would be. I read #1 and #2 in 2 days. I think they are great books and show what kind of stuff teenagers can go through. But through everything you will always have friends. I can't wait till the next one comes out. i'm now hooked to this series. Thanx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Ally Horse Lover and Rider

    I have read 2 of the 3 Chestnut Hill books. They are great! All horse lovers will love these books. When you read these books you feel like your in the book, on the horses, and like your one of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    Not to bad

    this book was ok,lauren brooke has done better.But if you like horses then you should enjoy this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    another great book by lauren

    it may not be as good as the heartland series but i am happy that amy shows up in these books to! the way dylan has that happy go lucky attitude about her is great. she reminds me alot of myself with her go with the flow ways. if you enjoyed heartland you will defitnatly enjoy these books also!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    I loved this book

    I loved it but still it isn't like The Heartland series. I am still wondering what is going to happen to Amy and Ty. Ms. Brooke is a GREAT author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005

    Heartland.........

    I'm really disapointed with this new series so far. It could definitely never be as good or better than the Heartland books. I don't think the Heartland series should have ended as soon as it has. This new book to me resembles The Saddle Club which is an ongoing series, I mean there are over a hundred of those books by Bonnie Bryant. Which is very disapointing because as good as those books are they are no where near as good as the Heartland books. If Lauren Brooke can start a new series as soon as she has, why couldn't she extend the Heartland series? I know where she left the last Heartland book off was very appropriate for the last book, but I think she could have gone further even though Amy has gone off to college they could make another last book. In the last book it could be years later when Amy comes back from college to visit her grandfather and sister and new neice, and especially Ty. Heartland could be better than ever.

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