The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley

January 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jane Smiley tries her hand at a young adult novel with fine results. Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt lives on a horse ranch in 1960s California. Her father raises horses to sell and Abby is involved in helping train the horses for sale. To avoid getting too attached, they aren’t allowed to name them, so the geldings are all called George and the mares are Jewel. But one very prickly gelding named Ornery George is at the center of the novel as Abby is made to ride this horse that constantly bucks her. There is a subplot of her school clique which is slightly less absorbing. The novel is punctuated by lovely drawings of various horse equipment that will prove useful to a newbie. The novel has a subtlety to it which may make some younger readers long for a more dramatic ending. But this book should fill an important category on YA shelves—a really good read about animals.

Recommended for all ages in YA.  Bettyjane Surabian, Rye


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