Whirlwind

Whirlwind

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by Alison Hart
     
 

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Here is the much-begged-for sequel to Shadow Horse. With a feisty female protagonist, a little romance, a lot of mystery, and a barnful of animals just waiting to be loved, this young adult horse mystery novel will have young girls galloping to the bookstore to grab their copy.

When thirteen-year-old Jas Schuler found her beloved mare Whirlwind dead in…  See more details below

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Here is the much-begged-for sequel to Shadow Horse. With a feisty female protagonist, a little romance, a lot of mystery, and a barnful of animals just waiting to be loved, this young adult horse mystery novel will have young girls galloping to the bookstore to grab their copy.

When thirteen-year-old Jas Schuler found her beloved mare Whirlwind dead in her padlock, she thought her heart would break. But now Jas knows the truth: Whirlwind is alive! Wealthy horse breeder Hugh Robicheaux faked the mare's death, collected insurance money, then sold her to an unsuspecting buyer. And he's going to get away with his crime, too—unless someone can find Whirlwind. And that's exactly what Jas plans to do.

But hunting for Whirlwind is dangerous. Hugh has threatened to destroy everything Jas holds dear unless she stops her search. As she struggles with her desire to find Whirlwind without endangering the people she loves, Jas must ask herself: Should she risk so much for a horse she may never find? This heartfelt YA novel by a highly regarded equestrian author will have young readers chomping at the bit for more.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375860065
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/25/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
294,345
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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"Ow! That hurt!" Jasmine Schuler scolded the huge chestnut horse she was grooming. Shadow pricked his ears gleefully. Quickly Jas curled her fingers into pretend teeth. When Shadow swung around to nip her again, she "bit" him on the side of his mouth.  

Throwing up his head, the gelding stared at her in surprise.  

Jas stifled a laugh. Shadow was special, because she'd helped rescue him from a killer auction. He'd had an untreated thyroid condition and had been in bad shape. Now that the horse was healthy, he'd turned into a brat who needed to learn proper manners.  

Shadow inspected his feed tub, licking it for leftover grain instead of trying to bite her again. "That's better," Jas praised.  

When Shadow had arrived at Second Chance Farm, an animal rescue facility, Jas had turned him out with Jinx, a quiet quarter horse. Jinx used flattened ears and his teeth to put the bigger gelding in his place. Jas was trying to do the same, and it was starting to work.  

As a reward for good behavior, she massaged the crest of his neck. Horse massage. Jas had been riding from the time she could walk. Yet, since living at the rescue farm, her foster home, she'd learned so many new things about animals.  

While Jas brushed Shadow's springy mane, she thought about how her life had changed. Less than two months ago, she'd been living at High Meadows, a premier horse farm. Her grandfather, Karl, was the resident caretaker. She had worked there, too, grooming and riding the farm's top-rated show horses. Then the owner, Hugh Robicheaux, had accused Grandfather of killing Jas's favorite horse, a beautiful chestnut Thoroughbred named Whirlwind. Grandfather had been so distraught that he'd had a stroke. He'd gone tothe hospital, then a nursing home. Jas had been so angry she'd attacked Hugh. She'd ended up in court, then in foster care.  

Foster care. Jas yanked at a tangle in Shadow's mane. When she'd first arrived at Second Chance Farm, she'd been miserable. Now she loved it here. But soon her grandfather was getting out of the nursing home. Foster care would end. Originally, her social worker had arranged for Jas and Grandfather to live in an apartment, which meant that Jas wouldn't be able to take care of Shadow. Miss Hahn, her foster mom, had arranged for the big horse to be adopted.   Even now, Jas's heart twisted at the thought of losing Shadow. And not just because she'd lost so much already. She loved the giant goof of a horse.  

But at the last minute, Miss Hahn had decided against adopting out Shadow. She had asked Jas and Grandfather to live with her at the farm. Jas would continue caring for Shadow and the other animals, and Grandfather would work as a caretaker. It was a second chance for both of them.  

Jas hugged Shadow, her arms barely reaching around his huge neck. "You're still mine to love," she told him. So why am I not totally happy?  

Whirlwind. Jas slid the worn photo from the back pocket of her jeans. The mare's head was high, her ears pricked for the camera. A tricolored ribbon hung from her bridle. Jas sat in the saddle, posing for the camera, too. Her expression was triumphant, sparkling. The picture had been taken last May after they'd won a championship at Devon.  

Now the mare was gone.  

A chorus of honking and clucking announced the arrival of Miss Hahn. Jas stuck the photo back in her pocket. She peered from the stall just as her foster mother strode into the barn, her stiff leg swinging. Trotting after her was an entourage of animals: geese, cats, and chickens. Jas had nicknamed them "the underfoot gang," because they always got in the way. Old Sam, a German shepherd, and Rose, the farm's potbellied pig, had been patiently waiting for Jas outside Shadow's stall. But when they spotted Miss Hahn, they rushed toward her, tails wagging furiously.  

"They're like paparazzi stampeding a celebrity," Jas said to her foster mother. "All you need is a red carpet and evening gown instead of a dirt floor and overalls." Her light mood faded when she saw the solemn look on Miss Hahn's face.  

"Officer Lacey from Animal Control called. We have an emergency," Miss Hahn said. "The trailer's hitched and ready. Chase isn't here yet, and I'd like some help. You still have time before lockdown. How about it?"

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Meet the Author

A Virginia author of more than twenty-four novels for children and teens, Alison Hart is an avid horse rider who loves a good mystery. She has been reading and writing about animals since she was a girl. Her novel Shadow Horse, the prequel to Whirlwind, was nominated for an Edgar Award. To find out more about Alison, her horses, and her books, visit her Web site at www.alisonhartbooks.com.


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Whirlwind 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
MaraD More than 1 year ago
Two months after the beginning of Shadow Horse, Jas is nearing the end of what is essentially court ordered house arrest. She's pretty obsessed with the idea that Whirlwind might still be alive, and so is the insurance company that Hugh Robicheaux has a history of scamming. Hugh, however, has no intention of being brought down, because people like him "always win." People like Jas have ankle monitors and live in mobile homes, like they're supposed to. Lucky for Jas, she's not about to accept anything that Hugh says, and uses just about every resource around her to marshal interest in finding Whirlwind. Enter the insurance agency's investigator, M. Baylor. All of a sudden finding Whirlwind stops looking like a crapshoot and more of an actual possibility. Hugh knows it, too, and starts to threaten not only Jas, but Second Chance Farm. Hugh also knows more than he should, leading Jas to suspect there's a spy in their midst, but at a charity case rescue like Second Chance Farm, who could be feeding information to a man they all loathe? There's illegal search and seizure, sexual tension, and murder. There's even a hurricane. What more can you want? What I like about Whirlwind is that it's not just a horse book and it's not just a horse mystery. It's a young adult novel about a girl who's going through a lot, as well as trying to grow up. She's a barely fourteen-year-old kid taking care of her elderly grandfather, navigating a possible romance, and trying to take down the most influential man in town. It sounds like a lot for one girl and a rescue farm to tackle, but it's done with a gritty realism that had me immediately addicted. Jas isn't a spoiled brat with horse ownership on the brain. She's human. She gets prickly and lashes out (usually at Chase, the boy she's in teenage love with, which never fails to amuse me), and she recognizes the need to apologize (usually to Chase, as it turns out) in order to remain a likable horse girl. And while she mostly lands in serious main character territory, she knows how to apply some humor into her life. She's also (dare I say it?) proactive. Nothing just randomly turns out in Jas's favor that she doesn't work hard for, something I think we can all appreciate. While this book does have a beautiful and satisfying ending, it leaves plenty of undeveloped plot for another sequel. It may take another ten years to see it, but the potential is definitely there. In the meantime, Whirlwind is strong enough to stand on its own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These two books are so good!! Please make a sequal! Ancore Ancore!!!!
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
Whirlwind gave me the happy end I knew was coming - she'd find the horse, they'd be reunited, and nobody would really get hurt. Since I knew it was coming, I was hoping something interesting would be done to keep me on my toes. But nothing was. It was a book - neither a bad book, or a good book - that just kind of puttered along until we got to the expected ending. Chase and Jas became awkward in their relationship (like all 13 and 14 year olds do); the relationship between the adults putters along; the rescue animals learn to love them. The worst character development goes to Hugh. Hugh becomes a super!villain. Honestly, a man who just killed two horses for money isn't going to skulk around corners and scare the crap out of 13 year old girls. He would have people to do that if he wanted to, and the most logical thing would be to stay away from her entirely. Instead he just became unrealistic. I kept waiting for him to grow a twirly mustache. The best characters were Grandfather and the private investigator Marietta. Grandfather's just heartfelt and sincere - the fact that he speaks with the lisp after the stroke in the book just makes me love him even more. He's the most realistic character. Marietta, the PI, is just fun to read about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That book was awesome and i hope this one will be to i havent read it yet shadow horse gets beyond infinity stars sad and good evil hugh! I:-( great book:-) :-P :-D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and series it was very interesting and entertaining. The only part that could use some work would be the ending. A third book would probably be nice so we can learn what happenes to some of the other characters. But overall a must read series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I have a lot place that i am rping. And i dont have a good memory. I was worried that i would forget where it is.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. I was kind of sad how she usually skipped days between her chapters. I really wanted to find out what happend with Jasmine and Chase. Mkay. &mdash;I decree that they end up together!&mdash; \>(-_- )<\ Invisioning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book jas is so cool but read the books in order loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down!!!!!! I give whirlwind & shadow horse way more then 5 stars! I.give it ************************************** billion plus stars!!!!!!!! Stongly.recomend!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it but whats the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She should make an entire series!!!! That book was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi!!!!!!!!!!! Talk to me people!!!!!!! Lol its an awesome book
Anonymous 4 months ago
There's romance heart and soul. Very well written.
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You did not guess the endin! It was a wonderful book. PERIOD.If you wanted the book to be realistic, then jas and chase's relationship was perfect. Alison, I wish I could give you a billion stars!
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Omg i need to read this book i wanted and i asked every book store neaf where i live and they dont have it they said they dont sell it in stores anymore thats messed up and now this is my only way to get/read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a wonderful story on how sometimes determination triumphs over fear and with a little bit of faith hope and love u can over come the impossible because impossinle is possible and jas must realize being imperfect makes u as perfect as they come
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Best book ever!!!!!!!!!