Blind Beauty

Blind Beauty

by K. M. Peyton

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Blind Beauty by K. M. Peyton

Tessa has major attitude and an impossible dream—not a greatcombination for success. But she believes that fate has delivered the ungainly horse Buffoon to her, and Tessa is determined never to be separated from him. What's more, she intends to one day become a jockey and ride Buffoon in the Grand National. But how can a girl with a violent temper and a “can't do” philosophy gain the physical strength, courage, and money needed to become a jockey—especially when her stepfather would like nothing better than to see her fail? Determination and grit may not be enough—but Tessa's not going to let go without giving it her all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142403518
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

K. M. Peyton lives in Essex, England, and is the author of over fifty novels, including the Flambards trilogy, which won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award.

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Blind Beauty 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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I just recently re-read this book, because I first read it two years ago. I still love it! This book was the first horse novel I ever read, despite being crazy over horses! I loved the writing style, and the chapters were exactly the right length to keep me happy and involved. Tessa, the main character, has great courage, despite her situation. I would have loved to have been her. The horse racing parts keep me to interested, because Peyton obviously has an idea about what shes talking about! It was a funny book, as well as a dramatic and heart-felt story. Write on, K.M. Peyton, write on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 7th grade- it wasnt a hard read but just a good length. I never wanted to stop reading it i loved it so much! I would recommend this book without thought to anyone who loves horses and a great story. You should DEFINATELY read this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best horse book I have ever read. It really captures your mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i found it in my school library and loved it it made me cry but i wish it showed what happened to the rest of the characters it was so good and it inspired me!! I am now ordering a few of her other books possibly Darkling or Fly by Night
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that there should be a sequel,because I looved all the characters. I want to see more Tom and Tessa. I do wish that the ending would have been longer or atleast told you about the future a little more in detail. Other then that, I have nothing left to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is called Blind Beauty by K. M. Peyton. This book is about a girl named Tessa who, when she was young went with her mom to live in England. By taking Tessa away, Tessa¿s mother separated Tessa from her drinking father and horse Shiner. Being separated from Shiner made Tessa so upset that no one could cheer her up and she started smoking and doing terribly in school on purpose. Tessa and her new stepfather hate each other. Her stepfather sends Tessa off to work at Sparrow Wyck after being expelled again from school. There she meets Buffoon, Shiner¿s baby, that Tessa will do anything to be with. Shiner gave birth to Buffoon in Tessa¿s Dad¿s stable, but Buffoon was ugly, so eventually he was sold at an auction and then taken to England where Tessa finds him. Tessa rides Buffoon and shows everyone that he has talent to race long distance races and isn¿t lazy all the time. Then she meets Tom, another jockey who agrees to ride Buffoon and can get Buffoon to do his best. Tessa really likes Tom and looks up to him. That¿s when things get worse and Tessa¿s stepfather ruins Buffoon¿s chance of winning the Grand National by stealing Buffoon¿s buddy Lucky. Tessa stabs her stepfather and is sent away to a rehabilitation place. While she is gone Buffoon is sold and Tessa doesn¿t want to get better. So now Tessa has to somehow shape up and find Buffoon. Read the book to find out what happens! I thought that this book was good. I liked how there was always something exciting going on in each chapter that made it hard to put the book down. It often felt like I was Tessa, angry at her stepfather or talking to Buffoon. The main conflict kept me interested in finishing the book to see how everything turned out. The main character, Tessa, had a rough beginning which explained some of her behavior for most of the book. By the end she had grown up a little bit more and had figured out who she wanted to be and what she wanted to do. The characters were so realistic that they could just pop out of the book and be in real life. I think that this book could be made into a movie it was a really good story. The beginning was really quick in getting into what was happening and what was going on, so it didn¿t take too much time explaining stuff. I also liked the ending, it was just the way that I thought that it should turn out. K. M. Peyton wrote the book like it was in Tessa¿s mind. The book had what Tessa was thinking most of the time but every now and then it had what one of the other characters was thinking about Tessa or what was going on. K. M. Peyton had a few tough words but otherwise there weren¿t many difficult vocabulary words. The author would end every chapter with a statement that made you want to read on to the next chapter and made it difficult to put the book down. The author also described every new thing entering the book so that you could picture it clearly. The dialogue in the story went smoothly with what was going on and the mood of the current situation in the book. The tone was upset, angry or cold a lot but there were some happy and a lot of exciting parts. I really liked how the author kept the book moving at a nice pace and didn¿t slow it down with too many descriptions. I¿ve read a couple of books where the author explains and describes to much that the reader loses interest. I would rate this book at a seven out of ten compared to other books I have read. The book was good and well written but it wasn¿t as exciting or page turning as others that I have read. It also didn¿t have as an exciting plot and climax as other books I have read. I would recommend this book to people who like horses and are over the age of eleven. Younger children might not understand some of the things that happen in the book and people not interested in horses might get bored with the book or not understand some parts. I thought that this was a good book. Some parts were heartwarming while other
Guest More than 1 year ago
wonderful book. full of excitement and love. Peyton has fabulous vocabulary and uses it when she tells you about each characters feelings. Here is my own little quote:*** If u are doing something just for money, STOP. You're waisting away ure life. Go make a difference.***
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!!! I could read it over and over again and not get sick of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blind Beauty is the best book ever and before my sister pressed me to read it I ignored it, thinking it was going to be soppy and Boring. It's the exact opposite and anyone can read it horse crazy or not. I wish I was short enough to be a jockey!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tessa is such a complex character she has so many different emotions from when shes crying into Buffoons shoulder to all the hate that runs through her when she attemps to kill her step-father she is a truly unique individual. I bought this book becasue I love horses and thought it sounded pretty good but, I reread it for other reasons. This a book that anyone can relate to. And right now i'm 13 years old and can enjoy this book greatly but,in 10 years i believe I'll be sorting through my old possessions find this book and enjoy it just as much. Its a real thriller! When I first read it and even when I reread it I found myself crying when Tessa sees Buffoon again,gasping everytime she picks up the carving knife,filling myself with anger as Morission kills Lukey,and smiling like an idiot as Tessa races towards the finish in the Grand National. No matter how old you are Blind Beauty is an excellent reading selection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is great to involve a girl that isnt just some preppy rich horsewoman, but a tough teenager that fights for what she feels is right. This girl finds love deep down in her within a horse. I recommend this book to anyone especially horse book lovers. The books I listed below are all horse related books and my favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
lind Beauty is without doubt the best book I have ever read. It is a very emotional story for people who enjoy reading all genres. It is especially good for horse-mad readers but is also very romantic and sporting. Once you have read it you would want to read it again and again!