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If Wishes Were Horses
This title covers these subjects: Horses -- Fiction., Horsemanship -- Fiction., Moving -- Fiction.
If Wishes Were Horses
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Ridgeview Riding Club

If Wishes Were Horses

Everything changes in Annie Boyd's life when her family moves to Ridgeview. She's used to the hustle and bustle of the city, not living on a sheep farm. She doesn't have any friends. She doesn't know anyone. The only good thing about her new life is the riding club. But will she ever feel like she fits in there, especially since she doesn't have a pony?

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 4-5
Interest LevelGrades 4-8
Lexile Level630L
ATOS Level4.2
AR Points2
AR Quiz #134676
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandRidgeview Riding Club
Page Dimensions5.25" x 7.5"
Page Count144
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $25.32 School/Library Price

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Manga Maniac Cafe - Julie

"If Wishes Were Horses was a fun, fast read. I liked Annie and boy, could I relate to this girl. After her family moves away from the city to the country, all she wants is a horse. I thought he almost owed her one. He dragged her away from the only home she’s known and away from her friends, so it’s not unreasonable to ask for a little perk in exchange for her sacrifice. But no, being your typical clueless dad, he arranges for her to be the proud owner of some sheep. Sheep! What is she going to do with a little herd of lambies?? He has the misguided idea that sheep will keep the lawn mowed. That is true, but because sheep eat grass all the way down to the roots, there soon wouldn’t be any lawn to worry about. Annie’s adjustment to country life is occasionally painful. She lets her dog off his leash and he almost spooks the neighbor’s horse – while she’s riding it! She has an unfortunate encounter with a fresh cow patty. Fashions in the sticks aren’t quite what she’s used to. Blowing off your new friend to go shopping with your mom, without calling to let her know, is the perfect way to ruin a new friendship. Annie learns from her mistakes, though, and by the end of this installment of the series, she even finds her new home tolerable, after some help from the sheep farmer and her mom. I often have trouble enjoying books with horses, especially now that I have graduated to owning horses of my own. It is so much different to actually have a horse than what your expectations of owning a horse is like. It’s hard work. It’s sometimes frustrating, because horses aren’t perfect. They don’t always listen to you and sometimes they do really dumb things. Worse yet, sometimes you do dumb things around them, and that makes them even more unpredictable. It’s a learning process, and though Annie doesn’t have much horse interaction this time around, all of her encounters with riders and their ponies rang true. If you have reluctant middle-grade reader who is nuts about horses, try getting her to read this fast-paced, entertaining book. I really think she’ll enjoy it. Grade: B+" - Manga Maniac Cafe

November 23, 2010

Bernadette Kelly

Bernadette Kelly

While growing up, Bernadette Kelly desperately wanted her own horse. Although she rode other people's horses, she didn't get one of her own until she was an adult. Many years later, she is still obsessed with horses. Luckily, she lives in the country where there is plenty of room for her four-legged friends. When she's not writing or working with her horses, Bernadette takes her two children to pony club competitions.

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