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Melanie's Double Jinx (Thoroughbred Series #69)
     

Melanie's Double Jinx (Thoroughbred Series #69)

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by Joanna Campbell, Mary Newhall, Mary Newhall
 

This 13 year old equestrian series is still running strong as it publishes it's 69th title!

Melanie and Image are back at Whitebrook after Brad Townsend's mysterious turn–around, abruptly letting her take the filly away from Townsend Acres. Even though Image is out of Brad's reach now, she still isn't really safe. Clouding her prospects is the fabled

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This 13 year old equestrian series is still running strong as it publishes it's 69th title!

Melanie and Image are back at Whitebrook after Brad Townsend's mysterious turn–around, abruptly letting her take the filly away from Townsend Acres. Even though Image is out of Brad's reach now, she still isn't really safe. Clouding her prospects is the fabled jinx––no horse that's won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile has ever won the Kentucky Derby. Has Melanie jinxed her Jinx?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060758318
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Thoroughbred Series , #69
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Thoroughbred #69

Melanie's Double Jinx
By Campbell, Joanna

HarperEntertainment

ISBN: 0060758317

Chapter One

The vapor lights over Tall Oaks' practice track were still glowing as Melanie Graham settled her weight onto Hi Jinx's saddle, letting the Thoroughbred colt know his early morning workout was at an end. Jinx fought her for a moment before he geared down to a steady trot, and Melanie blew out a gusty breath, eyeing the steam wafting from the two-year-old chestnut's neck and shoulders. Now that they had slowed, she became aware of the cold November air, and she was grateful for the heavy sweatshirt and warm gloves she was wearing.

"That was a perfect work," she told the colt. "Why can't you always be this good?" She patted his neck as she brought him down to a walk. Melanie was thrilled with Jinx's behavior during his workout, but she tempered her excitement, knowing that tomorrow was another day. Jinx had the potential to be a world-class racehorse if only she could get his erratic behavior under control. But for eighteen-year-old Melanie, Jinx's attitude was a big part of what she loved about him, too. Difficult horses always seemed to appeal to her, although Jinx was turning out to be more of a challenge than she had imagined.

Melanie loosened her helmet as they neared the opening in the track's rail, where Kevin McLean was waiting for them, a cooling sheet draped over one arm. A small brown-and-white dog sat beside Kevin, hisbright eyes fixed on Jinx. Riley, the dog Melanie had rescued the previous summer, had become Jinx's close companion and seemed to help calm the high-strung colt.

Melanie was glad Kevin, whom she had dated in high school, was willing to help her. After breaking up over a year before, they were now good friends. The son of an experienced Thoroughbred trainer, Kevin had a lot of knowledge to share, and Melanie enjoyed working with him.

The hood of Kevin's sweatshirt was pulled over his red hair, and a stopwatch dangled from a lanyard around his neck. He held up a clipboard as Melanie stopped Jinx hopped from his back, and bent down to give Riley quick pat on the head. Jinx dropped his head to sniff the dog, who licked the colt's nose happily.

"He's being more consistent every day," Kevin announced, nodding approvingly as he eyed the colt "Giving him time away from the track and bringing him to Tall Oaks seems to be paying off, Mel."

In October Melanie had moved Jinx from White brook, the Lexington, Kentucky, Thoroughbred farm where she lived with her aunt and uncle, Ashleigh Griffen and Mike Reese. Tall Oaks, managed by Kevin's sister Cindy McLean, had fewer horses on the grounds, and Melanie had hoped she could get Jinx to focus on hi training by changing his surroundings. Now, as the end of November neared, her plan seemed to be succeeding.

She pulled her helmet off and dragged her fingers through her short blond hair as the sun began to spread thin autumn daylight over the farm. The security lights went out, and without their steady hum filling the air other sounds of the Thoroughbred farm came into focus.

Melanie could hear Elizabeth and Beckie, Tall Oaks two full-time grooms, calling to each other from inside the stallion barn ... Continues...


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Meet 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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Melanie's Double Jinx 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Uggghhh i thought this book was just sooooooo fantastic!! Cause there were so many twists and turns! And i am sooooooo glad that Jazz broke up with Melanie because i think Kevin understands melanie better and i think that they should start dating again! But i still can't believe Jazz sold Image! But At least it's to Cindy And Ben!!! I really like Jinx! He's such a cool horse! Because he doesnt always want to do things! And that's cool how Melanie's attitude changed Jinx's a bit! Love This Book! Read it 3 times!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems from the reviews that Melanie is having a hard time choosing Kevin over Jazz. But what the other people say. I think she should! Because Melanie is a nice girl and she doesn't need a guy who loves her and hates her at the same time! Even if Jazz is famous and Melanie is famous for being a jockey! Like Melanie has to choose the right guy for her life and Jazz is not the one. Like Kevin has alawys been there for her. Mel has been there for him sometimes. But she is so naive, i am not saying the series are bad. Its just that Mel won't get her mind straight. I can understand the Melanie was a city girl and Jazz. But i think that Jazz is just using her because she famous. Like here this ' he tried to sell Image to Brad Townsend'! How can that be any more obvious, that Jazz is sick of his 'latest toy'. I agree with Melanie on 'Racing Image' that Jazz is only doing it for his sake! I think that Mel should dump Jazz for her sake and go out with Kevin. Like Kevin is in LOVE with her, even when he had a girlfriend!!! She has loved him too, i just can't understand why mel and jazz hadn't broken up yet! I can understand its hard but it would teach Jazz something that he's lacking...love and friendship. What he cares about is money,money,money. If anything i wish Kevin (Christiana's guy friend) and Melanie Graham (Christian's cousin) would get married...like Sammy did...on horseback!!!!!!!!!!! ( Harper collins should stop thinking negative about himself saying that he is not good enough! but he is not only is he good but he is the BEST!!!!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Melaine's better books. Just when she is getting better, the series is ending. It's a shame that the publishers' want to end the series. I would love too see the series continue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and I recommend that you read it. Have you seen what they're doing with the new books? The authors are trying to make Allie a main character. They need to finish the old characters like Parker (they haven't had a new book on him in a long time),Christina,and Meline before they start new characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was definitly a big step forward for Melanie as a charecter. Her progress as far as becoming likeable is going very well. I wish I would be able to read further but Harper Collins has ended the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this book shows just how mature Melanie has become since she appeared so many books ago. Not only does this book come through for Melanie's character, it also pushes forward the plot concerning both Image, Jazz, and Jinx. It is definitely a turning point for the series. Unfortunately, the publisher, Harper Collins, has decided to end the Thoroughbred Series after volume seventy-two. This is quite a loss, especially since the series has just begun to really come into its own. Hopefully the publisher will continue on with these wonderful books, as they have only just begun to improve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i cant wait for this book to come out it sounds really good i hope she picks kevin because Jazz seems totally mean. Yeah he might be famous but kevin has been ther for her when ever she needed him. jazz is never there,needless to say he tried to sell Image to Brad. imean how low can you go. people in texas dont like it when there boyfriends try to sell what they love more than anything. if any one wants to talk about the books or raceing in general email me plz!!