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Wonder's Promise (Thoroughbred Series #2)

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Ashleigh's dreams are in tatters....

Ashleigh Griffen is thrilled when the owner of the horse farm where she lives puts her favorite horse, Wonder, into training as a Thoroughbred racer. Ashleigh has spent the past year turning the sickly filly into a beautiful, healthy yearling.

Ashleigh knows Wonder could be great, but Wonder dislikes her harsh new trainer. Soon she's bucking and disobeying all his commands....

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Overview

Ashleigh's dreams are in tatters....

Ashleigh Griffen is thrilled when the owner of the horse farm where she lives puts her favorite horse, Wonder, into training as a Thoroughbred racer. Ashleigh has spent the past year turning the sickly filly into a beautiful, healthy yearling.

Ashleigh knows Wonder could be great, but Wonder dislikes her harsh new trainer. Soon she's bucking and disobeying all his commands. Ashleigh is heartbroken when the trainer says Wonder is untrainable...useless.

Even worse, Wonder doesn't seem to know Ashleigh anymore. One day after Wonder fiercely throws her, Ashleigh becomes afraid of her own horse. Maybe the trainer was right after all-maybe it's time to give up on Wonder....

Read Thoroughbred and experience the love and friendship between a determined girl and a very special filly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061060854
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Series: Thoroughbred Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Chapter One

The graceful, copper-colored thoroughbred threw up her head at the sound of Ashleigh Griffen's sharp whistle. The filly cantered toward the paddock fence where Ashleigh stood with her friend Linda March.

"Look at her go!" Linda cried, brushing blond curls from her cheek.

"She's looking great, isn't she?" Ashleigh said, studying the horse's elegant lines. She wasn't especially tall for a Thoroughbred, but not a midget either at fifteen hands, and she would still grow and fill out. The muscles beneath the sleek, gleaming coat were firm and well developed. Her mane and tail were long and silky. Her head was like a sculpture, with pricked ears, a wide, intelligent forehead, a slightly dished nose, and flaring nostrils. The long, seemingly fragile legs were straight and powerful.

The beautiful filly slid to a stop by the fence and leaned her head over the rail. Ashleigh reached up and hugged her. "You're my Wonder, aren't you?" she said, planting a kiss on the filly's nose.

Wonder responded by softly nuzzling Ashleigh's dark hair, pulling it loose from its ponytail. Ashleigh carelessly tucked the hair back in place. Looking at Wonder, she felt a rush of pride. At one year and four months old, Wonder had grown into a strong and healthy horse. She'd turned out to be every bit as beautiful as Ashleigh had dreamed when she'd first set eyes on the frail, newborn foal, with her still-damp copper coat and huge, trusting eyes. Back then, no one had thought Wonder would live. And no one had thought a twelve-year-old, as Ashleigh had been then, could save her. Of course, both Wonder and Ashleigh had grown and changed a lot in the year andfour months since.

"When do you think Wonder's going to go into training?" Linda asked, reaching over to rub the filly"s neck. She got an affectionate nudge from Wonder in return. "'My dad's already started his yearlings.""

Ashleigh jerked back from her reveries. "I'm not sure." She frowned, squinting her hazel eyes. "'They've started most of the yearlings already-especially the ones they've got high hopes for, like Brad Townsend's colt, Townsend Prince. Wonder's one of the last. It bothers me."

"I guess they can't start them all at once," Linda said, understanding Ashleigh's worry. "They've got so many yearlings-over a dozen, isn't it?"

Ashleigh nodded. "I'm kind of scared about it," she admitted. "I mean, I cant wait for Wonder to start training, but you know what will happen if she doesn't do well-Mr. Townsend won't keep her on the farm. He'll send her to auction."

"She'll do okay, Ash," Linda said. "Look how she's come along. She's really got beautiful form now, and she's one of the smartest and friendliest fillies I've ever known."

"I guess I shouldn't worry so much," Ashleigh said. "Wonder is doing really well now." But Ashleigh couldn't help remembering all the struggles that had occurred during Wonder's first year of life. Ashleigh had nursed the tiny foal from birth, saving her life; then she'd nursed her again through equine influenza. But the owner of the farm, Clay Townsend, had de cided Wonder was too small and too far behind the other foals to ever be a good racing prospect. He'd been ready to send Wonder off to auction. Ashleigh had had to plead for the filly, then desperately work with her to build up her weight and strength. Townsend had finally decided to keep Wonder-but only for another year. They were already six months into that year.

"And I won't be able to help with the training at all," Ashleigh added. "Mom, Dad, and Charlie have already told me that Mr. Maddock isn't going to want me interfering. I don't know how Wonder's going to act with strangers handling her. She's used to me taking care of her. Aren't you, girl?" Ashleigh turned to the horse, who was rubbing her head against Ashleigh's shoulder. Wonder answered with a low nicker.

"They let Brad help train Townsend Prince," Linda said.

Ashleigh made a face. "But Brad's the owner's son. My parents only manage the breeding stables, and they don't have anything to say about the training."

Linda sighed. "I still wouldn't get worried yet, Ash. Wonder"s going to do great."

As if understanding, Wonder lifted her head and whinnied loudly.

"See?" Linda laughed.

"Yeah." Ashleigh smiled. She gave Wonder a final pat. "Linda and I are going for a ride," she told the horse. "We'll stop back later."

Wonder watched them go, then kicked up her heels and trotted to the far end of the paddock to join the other yearlings. The girls set off toward the paddock where the riding horses and Ashleigh's younger brother's pony were kept. All around them were the lush, rolling hills of Townsend Acres.

Ashleigh loved the place. She loved the sight of Thoroughbreds grazing in white-fenced paddocks, the sound of their calls, the smells of grass and fresh air and sunshine. It was early September, and the leaves would soon begin to change color. There was the end-of-summer sound of cicadas and the smell of late-cut hay. It was heaven to Ashleigh.

She hadn't felt that way when they'd first moved to Townsend Acres, though. The Griffens had had their own breeding farm before that-until a virus had swept through their barns, killing the stock. Her parents' insurance hadn't covered the losses, and they'd been forced to sell Edgardale. Ashleigh had been devastated. She'd hated having to move. She'd hated everything that had taken her away from the home she'd known! But that was in the past. After almost a year and a half, she'd gotten used to Townsend Acres-and having Wonder had helped...

Thoroughbred #02: Wonder's Promise. Copyright © by Joanna Campbell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    Interesting, but . . .

    It was O.K., but, it took me a long time to actually finish. My interest kept wavering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    Another classic story in the Thoroughbred Series!

    Once again, Joanna Campbell has written a classic story in her Thoroughbred Series! Like the first story in the series, this story was captivating as it grabbed the readeer's attention from beginning to end. It continues the story from the first book of Ashleigh caring for her favorite filly, Wonder. This time, Wonder is going to start training for her career as a racehorse. Ashleigh is sure that the filly will be a champion, but after being handled roughly by the yearling trainer at Townsend Acres, Wonder hardly shows it. Finally, Ashleigh takes charge and begins to train the filly herself. With the help of Jilly, Linda, and Charlie, can Ashleigh make a champion out of the filly that no one but her believes in? This book was a wonderful read, and, like the first book, I would recommend it to both adults and children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2005

    My love for Wonder

    When I read book 1 I asked my dad to get the next book. Once I got my hands on the book I could not stop reading. I would compare myself to Ashliegh if I live with horses. I always knew wonder would show promise once she started training. Ashliegh is one of my heros. After what she has done for my favoirte horse Wonder, I look up to her. I knew Wonder woul show every body wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004

    AWESOME!

    If you're all about horses,then this is the right book for you! Wonder, the leading character, is a lovely horse and I bet you'll love the story! So get this book now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    Not Misleading

    This book rocked!! And whoever wrote the Review 'Great book just one Q's' the title isn't misleading. It's not that Wonder MAKES a promise, it's that she SHOWS promise as a race horse. Get it? Anyway, this book was the BOMB!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    A promising book

    It is a realy good book. The characters seem alive and real. You feel as though you are with Ashliegh the whole time. You feel her trobles and her pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    Amazing!

    This book is so great! you will luv it its for horse luvers everywhere! Iluv working with our racers and this book is so good. Lov ya Joanna!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    W*O*N*D*E*R*-FUL

    This Book was AWSOME!!! I hated how Jennings and Jocko got on Wonder in the first place, but then use the whip!Now Wonder's afraid of whips, and some horses are so no big deal...If they would have taken time and patience, they would have gotten their goal...That's what training takes...If you rush a horse, you can ruin them...BUT if they did that, Ashleigh wouldn't have gotten to work with the filly she loves..And Wonder wouldn't have gotten the person she trusts to train her...And I'm Glad Ashleigh didn't let Stuck-Up Brad Townsend boss her or let her hopes down..She really does show him...(She mainly does it later in this series!) There's soooo much more I can say....I am on book #45 and it's great!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Great book, just one Q's

    This book was great (so are all the other boos by JC!) just one question, what promise did wonder make? It was a great book (i gave it 5 starz) but the title was misleading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003

    omg

    this book was wonderful i really enjoyed it. it was a real page turner got to go. talk to yall later

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2003

    i love this book

    this book taght me to keep goin and never give up right know im on the 5th book and i plan on reading thm all because i love horses ive been riding sece 2gr so thats why i love thease books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    So Cool!!!!

    I found it cool when Ashliegh got to ride Wonder after Wonder got put in pasture.I also found it sad by the way Jim Jennings trained her and how Jocko rode her with a crop.Jocko made Wonder whip shy and when she sees one, she goes nuts.I love this book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    A Book That Will Warm The Heart

    This book is great! It has a great way of making details clear so you can almost feel like you are in the book! It is an amazing book for the horse owner or horse lover! Exciting and a page turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    cool!!

    the book was soo awsome, it kept me in suspense when they took wonder away from ashliegh but it was so sweet when they gotback together!!e-mail me and we will talk about horses!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    'Wonderful' book!

    This is an amazing book!It makes me feel like I am in the races and my heart thuds as much as Ashlieghs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    A Great Story About Over Coming Obstacles

    This was really a great book. When Wonder starts training, Ashleigh fears for her because she doesn't seem herself. Ashleigh gets the chance to help with Wonder training, and even though her dream of training Wonder is coming true, she is scared (which I won't say why ... it'll ruin it). I highly recommend this book. But I also recommend reading the series from the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2002

    Good,good,great,Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It is a story of love,fath, and friendship. If you like horses you have to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    If you are a horse lover you will like this book.!!!!

    I loved this book so much it was excellent book everyone should read this book but it is a little sad. But it gets you wondering of whats going to happened to Wonder and Ashleigh all the time. If they are going to do wll or if they are not going to make there goal to do what they want to do. This book I could not put down I got it down in 3hrs cause I was so bored. It is so good almost all of my friends read these books. If you enjoy riding then you should enjoy these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2001

    Wonderful Book!!!

    Wonder's Promise is so good!! I WAS HOOKED ON THE BOOK!! It only took me two days to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    THis book is for horse lovers like me!

    This book had me up till one a clock reading it.....I was so anxious to find stuff out. I think that Ashleigh was brave and ignored Brad Townsend because she had faith in herself. Read this and go on a gigantic adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If u want to get any information on the book..........e-mail me.

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