Willow King

Willow King

by Chris Platt
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Willow King by Chris Platt

When thirteen-year-old Katie Durham learns that the owner of a neighboring thoroughbred farm is going to destroy a newborn colt, she rushes to save him. Although Willow King's legs are badly twisted, Katie fights for his life, begging for the chance to raise and train him.

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ISBN-13: 9781561455492
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,339,957
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Willow King 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
McKenzie_Horn More than 1 year ago
Willow King is about a girl named Katie Durham who is thirteen and has a small handicap. One foot is an inch shorter than the other, so she puts padding in her shoe to make them even. She works at a horseracing farm called Willow Run. One day the offspring of the two best racehorses is born with crooked legs. The owner of Willow Run demands he be put to sleep but Katie steps in saying how his legs will straighten out. Besides where would she be if her parents hadn't been able to accept her leg? After the bratty daughter of Mr. Ellis, the farm owner, hears the story she suggests Katie lease Jester, the horse her father gave her before he died. Katie agrees to save Willow King (the foal) and give up Jester for a few years. Cindy (the brat) wants Jester because he acts perfectly and always wins a ribbon in shows, but Jester is so sensitive and Cindy is so harsh that he goes crazy trying to obey every little command. And little King can't even nurse by himself yet, Katie isn't so sure he can make it. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it for all ages. I especially liked the character King; he was very courageous and always took on a challenge, even if it was for his life. I think the best part about this book is that it was based on a live horse just like King! And that the author had been a professional jockey and racehorse trainer's assistant. This book was even a Golden Heart Award Winner. I really enjoyed this book and am sure many others will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books....I recommend this book for horse lovers and people who are looking fora good, interesting, and fun book....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very well writen!! I love this series!! It has action and some romance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It never gets old! It's the best book I've ever read! This was the first book I ever read and liked! Usally I have to read boring books for school and I didn't like reading. Which explained why I alomst failed forth grade. But when I read this book for a book report I wouuldn't put it down. I skiped my cheer practice because it was so good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a truely inspiring book, with two character who fight through their disabblities to shoot for their dreams. Any person who loves animals will LIKE this book, any person who loves horses will LOVE this book. She (Chris Platt) wrights about the hard parts of raising a colt along with the treasure after it, all through a loving, determined character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It was written about a girl whose leg was a little smaller then the other. One day she went to see if her favorite horse had her baby yet and when she got there she found the baby was going to be put down because he was born with twisted legs. This hearwarming story is full of adventures and you will never want to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Willow King the sequel is 1 of the best books out of all the books that Chris Platt has created! Chris Platt is a brillant writer and I enjoyed his books very much! ecspesially the Willow King seires! And to close this article up Ido not know how but what I will say is... Thank god that Chris Platt was born cause without him I would not have found my love for horses! thank you Chris Platt! ~ Jenny Stablein ~
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! it is written Lovley and the added excitment that is writen in but a Women Jockey. She was one of only fue women that broke into being a jockey,she has also been and trainer's assistant and worked as a groom and as u know a jockey and a author.I have had a great privleadge of talking to Chris and it iswonderful how she talks and understands kids,adults,or just reader of any age and i wouldnt have gotten this book if chis hadnt sent it to me adn 1 thing i like about the book and it's that she signed The book Willow king. It is a great book and has the touch of a real jockey cause if she wasnt a jockey it wouldnt be interesting or exciting.I Love this book and if you love horses ,racing or hearing about the recovery of horses you need to read this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a touching story about a girl with one leg shorter then the other. When she discovers a colt is about to be put to sleep by his owner because he has a twisted leg, she begs for mercy. She raises the colt herself and hopes to put him in the races someday to prove that everyone has a chance.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a very emotional story about a girl who has hopes for a very special horse. If you like a good story which sometimes tugs at your heart, I think this book is for you. Good job, Chris and I can't wait to read Race The Wind. I am sure it will be just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorites. All horse lovers out there are gaurenteed to love it. I could read that book over and over and over. It was very exciting, I suggest everyone read the book. I would give it 20 million stars but they didn't have that many.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willow King by Chris Platt is the most exciting and entertaining horse book I have yet read. Katie Durham's struggles in raising the crippled Willow King into a quality racehorse teaches the young girl something about herself as well. Gifted with such a strong spirit, King never gives up in the process of straightening his legs; Katie, possibly short on self-confidence in certain areas of her life, learns from her horse that one must never fall in the face of defeat. Dealing with a snobby neighbor girl and a handsome ninth-grader only adds to the excitement of the tale. Will Willow King be able to correct his crooked leg problem, and be able to go on and win such races as the Kentucky Derby as Katie dreams? Willow King is definitely a must-read, far outshining other novels in its class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a excellant book! I never really could let it out of my hands! I read it over and over again I still get heartstrucken from it! It tells a wonderful story about the girl over coming her disablities and learning to work with her great talent as a rider. It was a superb book and I highly recommmaned it to all young horse lovers. It's an great book for all who love horses!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't put this book down! It had sone meartstopping moments and characters that you love and hate! If you love horses and racing, then you'll adore Willow King.