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Star Gazer

Star Gazer

Fall 2011 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Chris Platt
ISBN: 9781561455966
Hardcover Price: $14.95

After Jordan's father leaves, she and her mom are forced to move from Los Angeles to her Grandmother's old farmhouse in rural Michigan. The good news is that this increases the chance that Jordan can get her own horse. The bad news is that small-town dynamics are tricky to navigate; Tommy Sutton, for example.

There's a culture divide in their new town between the traditional Mennonite community and the rest, and it's introduced in an opening scene when Tommy Sutton and a friend drive recklessly and hit a Mennonite buggy, injuring its passengers and horse.

Jordan and her mother are at the scene and this is how she meets tall, blonde (and cute) Jacob. Shortly after that, at a farm auction, Jordan sees Star Gazer. Tommy Sutton's father has abused the horse for years and now is selling her - likely to canners, Jacob says. Star Gazer's a draft horse, much bigger and more powerful than riding horses, and Jordan is inexperienced but determined. She has enough money saved up and she buys her.

Everyone thinks Jordan's crazy, except Jacob. Star Gazer was once a prize-winning log-pulling horse and Jordan is determined to restore her to her former glory. She spends the summer under the tutelage of Jacob and the Miller family, to learn how to manage this great horse well enough to enter her in competition. No, this is not a new story, but it is an easy-reading book for horse lovers.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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