Trickster (Vet Volunteer Series #3)

Trickster (Vet Volunteer Series #3)

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by Laurie Halse Anderson
     
 

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As soon as he sees Trickster, the new horse at Quinn’s Stables, David knows he’s found the horse he was born to ride. But David’s got a reputation as a troublemaker . . . and Trickster’s still recuperating from an accident. David is determined to clear his name and prove to Mr. Quinn that he’s worth taking a chance on. Can he reach his

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As soon as he sees Trickster, the new horse at Quinn’s Stables, David knows he’s found the horse he was born to ride. But David’s got a reputation as a troublemaker . . . and Trickster’s still recuperating from an accident. David is determined to clear his name and prove to Mr. Quinn that he’s worth taking a chance on. Can he reach his goal?

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Children's Literature
In this entry in the "Wild at Heart" series, David Hutchinson is one of a number of youthful volunteers at a veterinarian's office. A lover of horses, he is delighted when the group is offered the opportunity to help out at a local stable in return for riding lessons. Unfortunately, David is well known at the stable for his irresponsibility, and he continues to cut corners and cause problems when he returns there. After many of the horses become ill from consuming hay contaminated with blister beetles, David abruptly has a change of heart and becomes extremely helpful, and consequently is offered a paying job by the stable's grateful owner. Through most of the book David is a particularly unlikable character, rather overdrawn in his level of irresponsible behavior, making it impossible to enjoy reading about him. The motivation for his poor behavior is never really explored or justified. The information presented about blister beetles is quite inaccurate in one key area, with the author greatly minimizing the number of beetles a horse must consume to become ill. It seems pointless to include such an error when it would have taken no more text to present accurate information. Although this book includes a useful section at its conclusion about proper behavior with horses, its flaws outnumber its merits, making it an additional purchase only, unless there is an extremely high demand for low reading level books on the topic. 2003 (orig. 2000),Gareth Stevens Publishing/Pleasant Company,
— Leslie Rounds

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142410837
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Vet Volunteers Series, #3
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
122,663
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.

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