I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade

I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade

by Diane Wilson
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I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Wilson

"No ordinary horse story...Horse lovers or not, readers will be riveted."
-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Ambitious and fast-moving."
-New York Times

When Oyuna was a baby, a horse accidentally crushed her foot, cursing her family with bad luck. Oyuna vows to restore good fortune to her family...but how?
One fateful day, soldiers from the great Khan's army invade her village to steal horses and gather new soldiers. In hopes of bringing honor to her family, Oyuna courageously disguises herself as a boy and joins the soldiers on their quest. With only her horse and her cat to keep her company, Oyuna sets off on an amazing journey across deserts and mountains-a journey that will change her life forever.

What Readers Are Saying...

"An enchanting adventure."

"This story of courage, friendship, and bravery is complete with the addition of a life lesson that leaves a mark on the reader's heart: never give up on your dreams."

"A book I'll never forget."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402269530
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 783,569
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

About the Author

Diane Lee Wilson has always ridden horses and has an extensive collection of horse books in her home in Escondido, California. She is the author of Black Storm Comin', a Booklist Editors' Choice, a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Pick and a Book Links Lasting Connection, and Firehorse, which received a starred review in Booklist, is a Booklist Top Ten Mystery/Suspense for Youth, and a winner of the ALA Amelia Bloomer Project.

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I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like that the book had hardships but it was even with rhe amount of love and caring. It had a lot about horses, and there breeds. The determination of the main charachter in the book is what really got me reading the book
SomethingFishy More than 1 year ago
This book really sets you back into ancient Mongol times, painting a beautiful picture of the rich culture and way of life. It is a stunning story of a young girl and her journey with her horse. It proves of people and horses' relationships, and how you can always chase your dreams even if you have a disability. In Oonya's case, she has a crushed foot. This book has the right sense of love, family, and adventure. This is a great book, but if you aren't interested in animals of horses it is probably not right for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rode a horse of milk white jade was very welll wriiten. It made the reader feel like they were in Mongolia with the main character. The author did a terrific job of capturing the truth and beauty of the story. Two thumbs up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in Mongolia during the reign of Kublai Khan, Wilson tells the fantastic story of a girl, Oyuna, who sets out on a journey to find good luck. Oyuna is "cursed" with bad luck due to a childhood incident; she dreams one day of leaving the confines of her tent and winning a great race on a swift horse to bring good luck and honor to her family. The ensuing journey makes this book difficult to put down! Oyuna's bravery and loyalty as she goes after her goal, with the aid of her determined sidekicks, provide for a great read. The real journey is watching as Oyuna evolves, making important discoveries about herself and her "bad luck". The characters are vivid and real, and the additional look into early mongolian culture is fascinating! I would highly recommend this book to any young adult looking for an adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Rode A Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Lee Wilson is a historical book about courage and a girl named Oyuna who loves her horse, Bayan. But when a group of soldiers who were sent by Khan take her father¿s horses and animals Oyuna risked her life to go on a long and dangerous journey. Out of nowhere lighting struck, and Oyuna was lost, but then she heard a faint sound calling her name, She was full of joy when she was reunited with her father. Except her mother died looking for her. Oyuna thought it was her bad leg that caused the bad luck. After the incident Oyuna¿s father took her out to get a horse, but the one she chose was a weak mare. Five months later after the festival, Oyuna came across her shamaness grandma. They stayed and talked for a while, and later her shamaness grandma told her she was the chosen one. Oyuna was confused but her grandma told her that the white mare she has shares a special talent with her. She was to run in the race next year and win, because Bayan (her horse) was there for luck. One thing that captures my attention was towards the end. When Oyuna approached Khan I thought she would have been punished or have something horrible happen to her, but there was an interesting twist that came along. Instead, Khan believed what she said and showed her around. They also became friends and tried to help each other save the dying mares. Another thing I like about this book was the courage Oyuna had. Oyuna didn¿t care about what might happen to her because she loved her horse. Oyuna is also a motivated girl who didn¿t give up. When she wasn¿t able to ride a horse because of her bad leg, she didn¿t give up hope. Later when she became stronger and was able to ride her horse again. I admired Oyuna¿s personality because she risked her life to saves the one thing she loved riding, horses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A captivating adventure!This book is beautifully written, you can feel, sense and smell what is going on. It is a wonderful adventure that leaves you wanting to read more! The detail in the description is incredible...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would really recommend this story to anyone, no matter what age or interest. I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade is a beautifully written tale about crippled Oyuna, a girl who would do anything to bring honor back to her family. With spirited eyes, Oyuna sets off on an adventure that could mean death to her as much as anything. She and her faithful compainions, her loyal cat, and her beloved mare, troop on, hoping to find honor in the way no one could have expected. This intricate tapestry of storytelling will take your breath away. You may find a friend in Oyuna as you share her adventures in this wonderful novelette.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an ok book. One or two bad parts but just skip those and read this bookm
Chiburger525 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the book Firehorse by Diane Lee Wilson so when I discovered she had more books I was super excited. I wanted to try I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade because the back description sounded almost like the Disney movie Mulan. Yeah, it wasn't. I thought this book was decent, but the plotline jumped just about everywhere. I'm kinda disappointed. If you want an awesome book about girl power, read Firehorse.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!!! Full of adventures and action. It is worth it the money! This book is about a girl named Oyuna, she lives in Monglolia dearing the reign of Kubla Kan. When she was just a baby a horse stepped on her foot, coursing her family. This is about how she goes on an adventure to try to bring her family good luck.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book in less than 3 days! It is very good. Although i was confused at first because she is telling the story. Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would really recomend this story to anyone interested in a lengendary novel that tells you a tale of a girl who whould do anything to bring back honor to her family. Setting out for a swift horse, bringing back an old mare. With her faithful cat and her new old mare with spirited eyes Oyuna goes on an adventure that could surely mean death to her as much as anything, but is hoping to find honor in the way no one can expect. I would truely recomend this novel that takes your breath away as it goes from present time to old times. You may find a friend and find that you share her adventures in this book, 'I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade.'
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Lee Wilson was selected as a Best Book for Young Adults in 1999 by the American Library Association. I didn't know any of that when I read the book back in 2000. My copy has since disappeared, but at the time, this was a rare book that I owned. Thinking about it now, my mom must have procured my copy during her tenure as a researcher at Harper Collins. But enough about me, this is about the book after all. A quick and dirty way to define this book, oddly enough, is in terms of a cartoon movie. The plot here is similar to the legend of Mulan, which I know from the Disney version released in 1998 (I can't believe it's been a decade, good grief). Although her motivations are different, our heroine does follow a group of soldiers while disguised as a boy. The difference? Mulan went to war to fight the Huns. The main character of I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade is a Hun. At the best of times, living on the Mongol Steppes involves harsh conditions. For Oyuna that is even more true. As a young child, almost beyond the range of her memory, a beautiful horse came near Oyuna. Fascinated, the child knew that her future-her entire life-would be tied to horses. She knew this to be true even as a horse stepped on her foot, effectively crippling her for life. Add into the bargain the fact that every member of Oyuna's family are now anxious to keep her away from horses for fear of another unlucky incident that will further burden the family with bad luck. Every family member except her grandmother that is, who (as the back cover convenienty points out) tells Oyuna "The horse claimed you as its own and invited you upon its back to travel with the wind." Oyuna believes in her grandmother's words even more when she crosses paths with a swift, white horse. Positive that their fates are cobbled together, Oyuna dresses as a boy and follows her horse when it is commandeered by the Khan's army. Oyuna's path leads her not only to her horse, but also directly to the court of Kublai Khan, and-even more valuable-the knowledge that she has the power to change her own luck once and for all. If my mom hadn't given me a copy of this book, I never would have picked it up. But I'm glad the book came into my possession. Oyuna is an arresting character, with a strong narrative voice that makes this work of historical fiction feel very contemporary and relevant. Not an actual princess, Oyuna can't strictly be called an "anti-princess" heroine. All the same, I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade presents a strong girl making her own way (in a great story).
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolutely delightful book! Smoothly written ejoyable for all ages.