Wild Horse Summer

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Alison spends her thirteenth summer on a ranch in Wyoming where she learns to ride a horse and where Kelly, her cousin, who is blind, helps her overcome an old fear. "A fast-paced adventure that won't disappoint horse lovers." -- Booklist

Alison spends her thirteenth summer on a ranch in Wyoming where she learns to ride a horse and where Kelly, who is blind, helps her overcome an old fear.

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Overview

Alison spends her thirteenth summer on a ranch in Wyoming where she learns to ride a horse and where Kelly, her cousin, who is blind, helps her overcome an old fear. "A fast-paced adventure that won't disappoint horse lovers." -- Booklist

Alison spends her thirteenth summer on a ranch in Wyoming where she learns to ride a horse and where Kelly, who is blind, helps her overcome an old fear.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
In this engaging novel, thirteen-year-old Alison is nervous about spending a summer in Wyoming on a ranch with her blind cousin. Meeting her relatives does not scare her, but heights and horses do. Gradually, Alison conquers her fear of both heights and horses and becomes a riding companion for her cousin, Kelly. Unfortunately, during a ride up a mountain, a group of wild horses scares Alison's horse, which runs off with Alison on top. Alison refuses to ride again until Kelly's horse, Cookie, is spirited away by a wild stallion; the only way to rescue Cookie means that Alison will have to ride a horse again. Alison must overcome internal and external fears in this well-written story.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Twelve-year-old Alison has mixed feelings about leaving Chicago to spend her summer in Wyoming with her blind cousin, Kelly. Because she is afraid of heights and flying, Alison travels by train. She is warmly welcomed by everyone at her aunt and uncle's ranch, and in spite of some misgivings, eventually learns to ride. The wild mustangs that roam the mountains help to make her summer a truly adventurous one and so does Matt, a handsome neighbor. Her confidence grows as she puts aside her fear of heights to try to save Kelly's horse from a wild stallion. When summer is over, she chooses to fly home and can't wait to return to the ranch next year. The author has effectively woven interesting information about wild horses throughout the story. However, although the plot moves along at a steady pace, this is not a real page-turner. The sympathetic human characters are only mildly interesting; the actions and personalities of the horses provide the real drama. Full-page, black-and-white drawings appear throughout. Fans of equine stories will find this a pleasant, though not unforgettable, read.Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Alison doesn't really want to spend the summer she turns 13 on a ranch in Wyoming with her cousin Kelly, who is blind. First of all, Alison believes she'll be expected to spend the whole summer leading Kelly around. Second, Alison is afraid of heights, and a horse looks pretty high to her. Kelly turns out to be remarkably independent, especially when she's riding her mustang, Cookie, and she ends up guiding Alison, who feels woefully timid and untrained around the hardworking ranch family. They draw her in, though, giving her responsibilities of her own, and patiently helping her through her fear of riding. Her test comes when a wild mustang stallion courts Cookie and causes her to escape. Mustering all her courage, Alison and a neighbor, Matt, go after Cookie on horseback. Ryden (Out of the Wild, 1995, etc.) raises this a cut above most horse stories by including a wealth of information about horses, a fresh, lively setting, and an interesting character in Kelly. Unfortunately, she incorporates too much of the factual information on horses into dialogue, resulting in some stiff, unlikely conversations. Nevertheless, believable feelings combined with plenty of action build to a dramatic climax.
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"A fast-paced adventure that won't disappoint horse lovers." Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440415480
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/13/1999
  • Pages: 154
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Hope Ryden has written four nonfiction books on wild horses, and her articles and photographs on the subject have appeared in National Geographic and other publications. She is also the author of the novel Wild Horse Summer. Ms. Ryden lives in New York City and Wolf Lake, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2001

    please read!!!!!

    I gave this book 4 stars because of how dramatic and suspenseful it was. I recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2000

    One of my favorites!

    This was one of my favorite books. It was the best! I've read it almost ten times, but I still haven't gotten bored of it yet. Hope Ryden really wrote a great story. I would recomend this book to all childrenthat are ages 9-13. This is a truly great book, so take my advice, and buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2009

    Fabulous Book

    This was a wonderful book for my daughter to read. We are horse people and found the story to be quite accurate. There were many life lessons to be had, especially the challenges of a blind girl. The story was funny, engaging, realistic and the book that you couldn't wait to see what happened next. She didn't want the story to end. A must read for anyone who loves horses or wants to learn more. Highly Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    It was a very interesting book and i liked it a lot!

    The book has lots of great work put into it and i wish that there were more books like it I also say that it was a funny, thrilling, educational, and sad at lots of parts and it helps you understand what it would be like to be blind, live on a ranch, and deal with wild hores during the summer! And most importantly it teaches you what kind of jobs you would have to do if you lived or stayed on a ranch with people!<BR/>And I also recommend the books below because they have excitment in them too like the book Wild Horse Summer!

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