Horse Called Wonder (Thoroughbred Series #1)

Horse Called Wonder (Thoroughbred Series #1)

by Joanna Campbell
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Horse Called Wonder (Thoroughbred Series #1) by Joanna Campbell

Ashleigh wouldn't care about anything, ever again.

Ashleigh Griffen swore she'd never give her heart to another horse — not after a terrible disease wiped out her family's breeding farm, along with Ashleigh's favorite mare, Stardust.

Now the Griffens are starting over as breeding managers at Townsend Acres, and Ashleigh's sure she is going to hate living there.

Then a small, sickly foal is born — a beautiful copper filly that looks like Stardust. No one thinks the foal will live or that it's worth trying to save. No one but Ashleigh.

Can one girl's love alone work miracles?

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061061202
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/1991
Series: Thoroughbred Series , #1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Joanna Campbell appears here with her six-year-old Thoroughbred, Meyersville Magic, known around the barn as CC. He's a son of Horatius out of Northwich by Timothy's Champ and is owned by Cathy Day. Formerly trained for racing, he is now being trained for eventing. Last Year he was the Maine Entry Level Champion in Combined Training.

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Chapter One

From the front porch of her new home, Ashleigh Griffen looked out to the rolling pastures and white-fenced paddocks of Townsend Acres. It seemed so strange to be here and know that this was where they would be living from now on.

The last few months had been the most horrible in Ashleigh's twelve years. First a virus had swept through her family's own small breeding farm, Edgardale, farther north in Kentucky. Five of their best broodmares and one foal had died. As if that hadn't been bad enough, her parents had made the sad announcement that their insurance didn't cover their losses. Edgardale would have to be put up for sale and the remaining stock sold. They would have to find work somewhere else. Luckily, they had been able to -as the breeding managers at Townsend Acres.

Ashleigh felt like crying just thinking about it.

Townsend Acres was as beautiful and well kept as Edgardale, with dozens of sleek Thoroughbreds romping in the paddocks. But it isn't Edgardale, Ashleigh thought, and the horses aren't ours! They all belonged to the owner, Clay Townsend, who Ashleigh was sure would be awful.

She banged her fist down on the porch railing. She was furious with her parents for selling Edgardale -- she felt angry about everything!

Sighing heavily, she went back inside the house. Mr. and Mrs. Griffen were in the kitchen having coffee. They both looked tense and tired.

Maybe she shouldn't be so mad at them. They looked like they felt as bad as she did.

"Ready to go on our tour?" her mother asked. "Why don't you run up and get your brother and sister?"

Ashleigh went out to the front hall and up the staircaseto the second floor. "Caroline, Rory!" she called as she reached the landing. "Come on, we're going."'

When she didn't get an answer, she walked down the hall and into the bedroom she would share with her older sister. With her radio blaring away, Caroline was hanging some clothes in the closet. She was fifteen -- three years older than Ashleigh -- and incredibly neat. Already a line divided the room. Caroline's side was immaculate. On Ashleigh's side, boxes were piled near the bed waiting, to be unpacked, and the bed was rumpled and covered with horse magazines.

Caroline turned from the closet. "Im busy. And besides, I don't care about seeing Townsend Acres."

"I don't want to, either," Ashleigh said, "but we're going to be stuck living here. Aren't you even a little curious?"

"It can't be that different from Edgardale."

"It's bigger. Dad said they have their own training stable."

"So what? I'm sick of horses and everything to do with them! I'm staying here and putting my clothes away."

At that moment their seven-year-old brother, Rory, hurtled into the room. "'I'm ready!" he shouted. He was too young to understand what had happened at Edgardale. His red-gold hair was sticking up all over his head, and there was a smudge of dirt on one of his cheeks. Caroline had the same red-gold hair, except that hers was perfectly combed. Only Ashleigh had their father's dark hair and hazel eyes.

Rory raced over and jumped up on Caroline's bed. Caroline screeched and grabbed an armful of clothes she'd been getting ready to hang. "Go jump on Ashleigh's bed!" she cried. "It's a mess anyway."

Ashleigh took Rory's hand, pulled him off Caroline"s bed, and started leading him from the room. "Come on, Rory. The heck with her."

Their parents were waiting in the front hall. "All set?" Mr. Griffen asked. "Where's Caroline?"

"She doesn't want to come," Rory said.

"Caroline!" Mrs. Griffen called sternly. "We're waiting!"

In a moment Caroline appeared. "Why do I have to go? I want to get my stuff put away."

"You'll have plenty of time to do that later. It's time now for the family," her mother answered. ""We're all feeling rotten about having to move, but we have to make the best of it. You might even enjoy yourself. Mr. Townsend has a son about your age."

"Does he?" Caroline said. "I didn't know that. Maybe he'll be in some of my classes at school."

"I think he goes to a private day school, but I know he takes a lot of interest in the horses."

Ashleigh noticed that Caroline looked a little less gloomy as she followed the rest of her family outside. Her sister had never been horse-crazy like the rest of them. Even when they were small, Caroline had loved clothes and used to dress up whenever she could. While Ashleigh had raced around on her pony, Caroline had sat in the backyard reading a book or experimenting with nail polish.

As they walked along the graveled drive away from the house, Ashleigh sniffed the scent of new grass -- the famous Kentucky bluegrass, which wasn't blue at all but a very bright green. Leaves were sprouting on the trees lining the drive and paddocks, and the fences wore a coat of fresh whitewash. If only we had come Io Townsend Acres for different reasons, Ashleigh thought.

Their father led them into the first of the long, well-lit barns. The barn smelled of horses and fresh hay. Normally, the smell was like perfume to Ashleigh. Now it only brought reminders of her last visit to the Edgardale barns when she'd said good-bye to her special mare, Stardust. She'd ridden Stardust from the time she was big enough to graduate from their pony, Moe. They'd spent hours and hours together jogging around the farm-and now Stardust belonged to someone else! Ashleigh felt a lump in her throat. She had to think of something else, or she'd start to cry. She looked into the barn at the bustle of activity...

Thoroughbred #01: A Horse Called Wonder. Copyright � by Joanna Campbell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
When I found a few of the 'Thoroughbred' books at a used bookstore, I'm glad I picked them up. For me, it was a great new horse series! I've only read the first book, but I enjoyed it. The story of 'A Horse Called wonder' centers on Ashleigh, whose family lives and works at Townsend Acres, a horse ranch. The family has been through a traumatic time and Ashleigh is still adjusting to her new life. A certain baby filly is in need of help, and Ashleigh needs something to fill the empty space in her heart. So immediately she latches on to the poor sick foal even though everyone warns her that she could be setting herself up for failure and left with a heart aching even more. The only thing lacking in this book is some good virtues. There were also a couple words in the book that could have been omitted. However, I did enjoy the story nonetheless.
HorseCrazyGirl23 More than 1 year ago
Love these books!!!!
horsegirl727 More than 1 year ago
I don't know how many times I have read this book while growing up. It was one of my favorites! The first 4 of this series with the story centering on Ashleigh were the best in my opinion. Joanna Campbell is a wonderful author and I read whatever she put out: A Horse of Her Own, Star of Shadowbrook Farm, The Forgotten Filly, Battlecry! Forever(very sad), and so on. Personally, I think she should have stuck with the Ashleigh character but her books are great. Definitely worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loove this book because Ashleigh saves Wonder, stands up to Mr. Townsend and Mr. Maddock, and she gets to have Dominator! Definatley going to read the others.
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I loved the first book and now I'm buying the others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thats so cool how Ashleigh saved Wonder only by love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
simply Magical. very heartwarming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt so sad for Ashleigh when she had to leave her other farm. I would have felt the same way. But she really needed to help Wonder. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book, how Ashleigh's courage saved one little foal no one believed in. Now that doesn't come along very often! I would do the same. It'd be great if they made a television series about TB. Wouldn't that be great?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is about a girl who lives on a horse ranch, and there is a weak filly born. She is so weak that she can¿t even drink her mothers milk. The girl (Ashleigh) tries her best to save the little filly (Wonder) and succeeds. Ashleigh later finds out that they have to sell Wonder because they are running out of money and is in dept. Ashleigh fights her way through to find someway to keep Wonder. The whole book was pretty interesting. I loved how I could relate with Ashleigh in the book. I kind of have been in her position before with horses. In the middle of the book it gets a little confusing, but I picked up right after that. This outstanding book is the first book in the series called The Thoroughbred series. If you have read the Heartland series by: Lauren Brooke then you would like this series. It relates to this a lot. If you enjoy horse racing or regular horse books then this book is for you! This book reminded me of a T.V. show called ¿Wildfire¿ , which is a very good T.V. series. I would totally recommend this book to someone who likes horse, adventure, and suspenseful books. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I plan on reading on the rest of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is an awesome book! sad but good. i liked it and if u like horses u will like this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ashleigh and her family has just moved to Townsend Acres. After a diesse swept through the family's stables. Also Ashleigh had to leave the horse she loved. She swore she would never love a horse again. Until a sickly foal was born. That's when it turned Ashleigh's life around!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best fiction books relating to horses that I have read in a long time. In my opinion, it ranks up there with The Black Stallion, National Velvet, and The Red Pony as a classic horse story. It is the first in a series of books written by Joanna Campbell called the Thoroughbred Series. This is the story of a girl named Ashleigh who moves to the illustrious racing farm known as Townsend Acres after her family's breeding farm, Egderdale, has to be sold due to a devastating illness that ravages the farm beyond repair. It is at Townsend Acres that Ashleigh witnesses the birth of Townsend Holly's last foal, Wonder. Throughout the book, Ashleigh and Wonder confront many challenges and together, they truly show the meaning of hard work and teamwork. I would recommend this book to any reader or horse lover as the mature views in this story are bound to appeal to more seasoned readers as well as the younger set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! I have all the books up to 58 and this is by far the best! I hate some parts but loved a lot to. I hate Brad, he is so vain. Ashlie is so lucky to be with horse! I would recommened this book to anyone! I first read this book when I was about eight. I have loved the sirese since! Everyone should read this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read horse series all the time! I thought there was no others. Then I found the Thoroughbred Series. I fell in love with this book series. I wish they would go on, and on forever. Seriously, my friends think I'm crazy. Well they're half right. I've read many other series. Normally I'm not a racing fan but this series has got me hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm on book six of the thoroughbred seires, and I LOVE IT! I'm a little disapointed that Ashleigh isn't the main character anymore, and that Joanna Campbell stops writing the books at book 15, but I'm still going to read the rest! It is one of the best series I've read so far. I hope Wonder or Charlie dosn't die! Anyway, if you love this book (and the rest of the series) you'll love 'Blind Beauty' it's a touching horse book about a blind horse and yeah, I'll leave the rest to you D.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is outstandin'!!!!!!! Joanna Campbell is a great author! To bad the series is done, but it is still great!! I would recommend this series to anyone who likes thoroughbred racing, a little romance, adventure, and anticipation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this book when I was 10 years old. I'm now 21. I read up to about #13, and then life hit me. So I forgot about the series. When I turned 20, I was given Wonder's Champion (#21) for Christmas and was taken aback when I realized that she had written over 70 books for the series. I'm on #35 now, Dead Heat, and am glad that I have years of reading ahead of me. I realize that they are for a younger audience, but being that I'm an avid equestrian with horses of my own now, I love the world that it pulls me to when I sit down to read them. Keep it up. I hope you guys are still creating them when I have kids!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of those books you don't want to put down.I go through books so fast cause Iam a speed reader.I love the book,i probly would have done the same as her.i dont realy know ho to ride and dont know much about horses but i'd love to learn.i havent read many of these books but the ones ive read where realy good and im working on the rest.but this was my favorit out of the ones i've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the TB series, I've read 1-12 and when I found out that Joanna wrote like 70 I knew I couldn't keep up with her! I adored A horse called Wonder and anyone who loves horses should read this, (If, of course you are willing to read over 100 books!) The series is so addicting but I can't keep up with the author! Someone please...are the rest of the books worth reading? If so I have to know! I don't know any other TB lovers so this is my only option. Please help me! Read this book though if you haven't, it is so touching and I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love how the story goes so far.I am suckted into the book I only play on the computer & read all different horse, fantasy & Breast cancer books Because my mother was diegnosed with Breast cancer in October 2004. I only have 10 pages left then i will continue the series
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love thise book. it is a must read book. but i did think it a little harsh of ashleigh to say that she would never love horses agin. but if her familys breding farm didnt all die then she never would have had to move and she wouldnt have gotten to take care of wonder. then wonder would have died.then the thoroughbred series wood not exsist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. You never know what will happen next.