A Horse for Kate

A Horse for Kate

by Miralee Ferrell

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ISBN-13: 9780781411141
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Series: Horses and Friends , #1
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 284,257
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Miralee Ferrell is the author of eleven popular novels, including the bestselling Blowing on Dandelions. She and her husband live on eleven acres along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state, where she loves horseback riding on the wooded trails near her home. She also enjoys playing with her dogs, Lacey and Sophie.

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A Horse for Kate 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Miralee Ferrell in her new book, “A Horse For Kate” Book One in the Horses and Friends series published by David C. Cook introduces us to Kate Ferris. From the Back Cover: Can dreams come true? A horse of her own would be awesome. But Kate figures that might be a long way away, especially since she had to give up riding lessons and move to her late grandfather’s farm. Besides, it would be a lot more fun to have a best friend to ride with. When Kate discovers a barn on their new farm that’s perfect for a horse, and a dusty bridle too, she starts to think that her dream might come true. Then she meets Tori at school, who is totally the best. So when they discover a thoroughbred that appears to be all alone, could it be the answer to her prayers? Maybe. If she can convince her dad … and figure out what’s going on with that horse This is a book about a girl, friendship, and a shared loved for animals. If you don’t like horses before you read this book you probably will after you finish reading. This is about Family and the tight bonds not only between parents and children but also between brother and sister. Finally it is also about the love, not only between us and the horses but the love they have for us in return. Kate is a remarkable character that you fall in love with and root for to succeed. This is one exciting book that will keep you flipping pages to keep up with the story. You and your kids are going to enjoy this book. They will enjoy it even more if you read it with them (probably because they like you a lot). I am looking forward to the next book in this series with great interest. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I thought A Horse for Kate was a great book for the family. My 5 year old daughter and I read it together and we really enjoyed.  I highly recommend it. Looking to more of the series. 5 stars.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Kate's father has lost his job and they move to her grandpa's farm where they can no longer afford for her to take riding lessons. You will feel for Kate as she faces a new middle school where she doesn't know anyone. Kate wants a horse so badly! She gets a job shoveling manure at a stable just to be around horses. Kate learns that sometimes God gives us our desires. I enjoyed reading this book for young people. I won the book in a giveaway. This is my honest opinion.
GlennHaggerty More than 1 year ago
A Horse for Kate is a fun read with the usual middle school angst and a series of character building adventures. The first person point of view provided nice character depth that could’ve been deeper, and the spiritual and relational interactions were both interesting and instructive. A nice read for young girls and horse lovers. In the middle of the school year, Kate Ferris relocates from Spokane to rural Odell Oregon—tough to do in seventh grade. The Ferris’s have inherited grandpa’s hobby farm, including a barn but minus the horses. Kate dreams of a horse of her own, but with her brother’s need for special Ed, and Dad’s low paying job, this seems impossible. At school, Kate struggles to fit in until Tori, one of the Hispanic locals, breaks with her crew and decides to hang with Kate. Together they befriend a mysterious horse seemingly abandoned and neglected, and together they land a job at a local stable where Tori begins writing lessons for the first time. Kate must make some tough choices that challenge her honesty and perseverance.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
This book may be a YA book, but as an adult, I loved it. It had so many positive messages to deliver, as well as teaching a bit about horses and riding and other horse-related topics. A truly sweet book, and I will definitely read the other books in this new series by Miralee Ferrell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gabb stop traveling acoss rps
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"You okay?" She yawned once levi yawned. "Yawnings contagious."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked in. The eleven year old grinned. She looked around for someone to talk to before checking if star was ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked at a picture of Pixie while sitting on her bed
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BeChee More than 1 year ago
As an Air Force "brat" I completely understand Kate's apprehension over moving to a strange place and starting over, and her disappointment over having to delay getting a much desired horse. Add to that the challenges of her father's new job bringing a pay cut, a dearly loved but enigmatic, autistic younger brother, and the startling and disconcerting experience of becoming one of the ethic minority, and the stage is set for Kate's mental, emotional and spiritual growth. I loved the realistic character and relationship portrayals and their development. Kate seems a typical "tween" in many ways, but the decisions she makes- both the reactionary and immature as well as those born of conviction and a penitent heart- and the believable way Miralee writes about them were my favorite part of this story! Don't get me wrong: it was delightful meeting the family, watching Kate and Tori's friendship grow, and learning much about horses along the way, but the portrayal of what a commitment to Christ looks like for a young lady of 12 is unusual in that it seemed natural and not forced or preachy, nor oversimplified or just a nod to draw in the Christian crowd. How does knowing Jesus make a difference? How does Scripture convict, help, strengthen, or encourage us? Miralee weaves her answers to these questions through this delightful story of longing, loss, and love. Because of its strong characterization, A Horse For Kate was therefore somewhat richer in dialogue than dash and seemed somewhat slow in a few places. However, it does have some well developed action and suspense suitable to the story, which makes it perfect for older girls and pre-teens. I also really appreciate that the "romance" that is so prevalent in storytelling nowadays across the age-spectrum was conspicuously absent, and Kate's friendship with a boy remained just that. The town had character, too, and made me wish I lived in a place like that down here in Texas! In addition, my 8-year-old daughter loved reading this story with me! She liked that Kate's brother wanted to get the horse for her. She thought it was sweet that Kate was willing to give up something she really wanted and enjoyed to keep her word and her friendship intact. And she liked that Kate told the truth when it would have been easier to lie. And we both want to make the horse cake! (Kate's mom makes her one, and the directions are in the back of the book.) I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent introduction to the series. It was such an enjoyable and interesting story, full of the challenges of moving to a new home, making new friends, and even learning to accept when things don’t always work out the way you want them to immediately. Kate has an autistic brother and the challenges and joys her family experiences with Pete and his care adds so much to the story (and also to each book in the series). My nine year old’s thoughts: “I like that Kate found a friend and that her friend learned to like horses.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. Provo to the auther
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bok when i was reading it inspired me to jump on my horses back and ride off in the sunset. This book is awesome and i am recaomeding it to all my friends. This book will make you want to have a horse or go gallop off into the sunset!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<p> Skyler </p> <p> He took Will's hand. &quot;Don't worry. I don't care. It's not always the looks but the personality that counts.&quot; He told him </p> <p> (Will. :3) </p>
Becky_Dempsey98 More than 1 year ago
Kate Ferris has had to leave her friends and her home to move to her late grandfather's farm for her dad's new job. She is not excited about the move until she sees the barn at the new house. Her dream of owning her own horse seems within grasp, but her parents tell  her it isn't the right time. Will she ever get her horse? My 9 year old daughter and I read &quot;A Horse for Kate&quot; and both enjoyed the story. The book deals with quite a few things such as  bullies, friendship, trusting your parents and God. We would recommend &quot;A Horse for Kate&quot; for horse lovers and others in the age range of 8-13 I got a free pdf copy of A Horse for Kate in order for me to review it. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
A delightful story for young girls! Kate has lived in Spokane, WA where she took horseback riding lessons, and hoped to someday own her own horse. Her father's job required the family to relocate to her former grandparents' farm in a small community, but a horse wasn't within the family's budget. Kate befriended a neighbor girl, sharing her love of horses, and oftentimes stopping along the roadside on the way home from school to share carrots with area horses. This book is written for girls aged 9-13, and is a family friendly, Christian fiction book that portrays Kate as a believable young junior high school age girl. She loves horses which is fairly common with girls that age. She befriends a young Hispanic girl at school, and as it turns out, Tori lives right next door to her. Kate and Tori are represented as typical young girls. I love the way the author broaches racial differences with acceptance and grace, and portrays her main characters with respect, compassion, patience and work ethics. The characters are represented realistically and honestly. Their family standards are high, but not over the top as in some books. The author represents a wonderful and loyal family with Christian values and strong convictions regarding respect and humility. Kate is represented as a very sensitive and accepting young girl which is refreshing.  The setting is well described, and it was a pleasure reading this sweet book! I was much like Kate as a young girl, and could easily put myself in her place. I'll be putting this book on the shelf for my granddaughter so that she can enjoy it when she is old enough to read it.  Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Wynn-Wynn Media, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Shelske More than 1 year ago
This is Miralee's first book in a series &amp; in the genre. I have read all of her Historical Romances &amp; loved them so when I got a chance to read this one, I was impressed. This is a story any younger person should be able to understand &amp; just may help them if they are ever in the situation where they have to move from a home they always knew &amp; had a love for something that saw them through the adjustment period. With the help of her parents, autistic brother &amp; some new friends she finds the love she was looking for.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
I taught 6th grade Language Arts for 7 years and I love reading YA (Young Adult) fiction.  This is a lovely, fun read for adults and young adults.   Kate has a true passion for horses and after moving far from her friends, she wants a horse so badly.   She finds one who doesn't seem to be well cared for and she believes it has been abandoned.   She wants to make this horse her very own, but her parents really can't afford the expense of caring for a horse at the moment.  Readers will enjoy following along with Kate and her friend, Tori, as they fight for a horse for Kate.         I especially like the Christian aspects of the book and would love to get a copy of this book for my twelve-year-old granddaughter as she loves horses too.   We give her a subscription to a horse magazine for young adults and she has plastered her walls with the posters in each issue.  Parents can feel good about allowing their young teens to read this book.         I rate this book 5 stars and would definitely purchase it for young readers.      I received a pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Review of &quot; A Horse for Kate&quot; by: Scotty Beth Howard, age 9, Third Grade I really enjoyed reading this book. It inspired me to be a better friend and learn how to make more friends. The end really surprised me when something good happened to Kate because she had proven to be such a good horse keeper and friend. I knew most of the words in the book, but some of the words were a little big and I didn't know what they were. I think my best friend, Destiny, would also like this book. I would definitely give this book five stars. A complimentary copy was given to my niece from the author in exchange for her honest review. This review is one hundred percent my niece's opinion. Barbara Thompson
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible story for horse lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kate, her family, and her new friends. This is a great group of characters that Miralee has created. They are very believable and easy to relate to. Their interaction with each other is easy to understand and connect with. I found the plot to be easy to follow. As the story progressed I saw growth and development in both Kate and her best friend Tori. I received a free eBook copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
A Horse for Kate is a wonderful book! Not only is this story engaging and entertaining, but it also emphasizes strong Christian values. I loved Kate&rsquo;s personality, her love of horses, and her determination to have a horse of her own. I also enjoyed the relationships she shared with her younger brother and her best friend. Knowledge and awareness of autism is shared in this story, as are several valuable lessons, including the importance of honesty and obedience. There are also several fun features included in the back of the book that I think young girls will love! The first is a note from the author, followed by a discussion guide. These discussion questions are framed as secrets for your diary and each one includes a note from Miralee. A cake recipe is also included with step-by-step instructions on how to make a horse head cake like the one Kate&rsquo;s mom made for her. I am thrilled to know there are wonderful books like this available to young readers! I loved A Horse for Kate and look forward to more books in this special series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
When her dad gets a new job and her family makes the move to Odell, Oregon, twelve-year-old Kate Ferris feels lost and alone. All of her friends were left behind and starting over at a new school seems overwhelming. The only thing she has left is her passion for horses. But Kate soon finds out that love and friendship comes in all kinds of forms, from humans to animals, when she makes a new best friend at school AND on the her daily walks home. Join Kate as she fulfills her love of horses and goes on the adventure of a lifetime!  ¿ I must admit that, although I am a lot older than the recommended age for this book (9-13), I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Kate Ferris and her love of horses. I developed a love of horses at a very early age and, because of it, love reading stories involving horses and all things western. While the main aspect of the story is horses and Kate's passion of them, there are several things I loved about it. The author puts a strong emphasis on the value of friendship and the subject of prejudice which I feel imparts a valuable lesson to young kids today. Especially with bullying becoming a major issue in today's society. One thing I really want to mention is Kate's relationship with her seven-year-old brother, Pete. The tender way she treats him is a beauty to behold. If just one child takes that example and learns from it it will make this entire writing effort more than worth it. It also has a short section at the back of the book called&quot;Secrets for Your Diary&quot;. It contains study questions that are like diary entries and each one has a short note from the author below it. It fits in very well with the book and I think it's on point for the targeted age group. This book has a little drama and a whole lot of adventure to keep the reader engaged and kids will enjoy it. I know I couldn't put it down!  ¿ In her classic writing style, Miralee Ferrell weaves together a story to captivate the reader while imparting family values and offering Biblical insight to the issues at hand. This is Miralee's first attempt at writing for a young audience but, as a fan of her previous works, I have to say that she not only stepped out of the box but she excelled at it. If you have a child, grandchild or know the child of a friend that has a fondness for horses you can't go wrong by buying this book!  ¿ Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
mom2boyz1 More than 1 year ago
Kate is a thirteen year old that has just moved to her grandfather's farm. When she discovers an old barn on the property she begins thinking that maybe she will finally get her heart's desire, a horse. If only her parents agreed.  I loved the story and found myself also wishing Kate could have her horse. This was a great story that emphasized the importance of honesty and respect. I loved all the characters, especially Kate, her autistic brother, Pete, and her new best friend. I appreciate the fact that the author gently introduced the concept of autism and the effect it has on the whole family. I believe any girl would enjoy this book. There are a couple fun surprises at the end. I look forward to reading more books in the series.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Horse For Kate**** by Miralee Ferrell Kate and her family have recently moved to her late grandfather's farm. The first thing that captures Kate's eyes is the barn on the farm. This would be perfect for a horse! But will her parents agree to buy her a horse? Adjusting to a new school can be challenging, but Kate meets Tori and they become friends. Later, Kate finds a horse all alone and dreams of making it her own. Is this horse the answer to her prayers? This is a sweet story for young readers&mdash;and all ages. You don't have to love horses to enjoy this book. I like the adventures and challenges Kate faces and how her struggles with learning to trust&mdash;not only her parents but God and His will for her&mdash;are clearly shown. Enjoyed reading about how Kate and Tori learned valuable lessons&mdash;honesty, respecting parents, letting go of own desires and doing what is right&mdash;even when it hurts&mdash;and praying through difficult challenges and situations. ~I received a PDF copy of this book from the author for my honest review~~