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

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Uncategorized.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz Malice by Chris Wooding

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


January 2010
M T W T F S S
« Dec   Feb »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Feeds


%d bloggers like this: