A Good Horse
A Good Horse: Book Two of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch
A Good Horse
Jane Smiley
When eighth grader Abby Lovitt looks out at those pure-gold rolling hills, she knows there’s no place she’d rather be than her family’s ranch—even with all the hard work of tending to nine horses. But some chores are no work at all, like grooming young Jack. At eight months, his rough foal coat has shed out, leaving a smooth, rich silk, like chocolate. As for Black George, such a good horse, it turns out he’s a natural jumper. When he and Abby clear four feet easy as pie, heads start to turn at the ring—buyers’ heads—and Abby knows Daddy won’t turn down a good offer. Then a letter arrives from a private investigator, and suddenly Abby stands to lose not one horse but two. The letter states that Jack’s mare may have been sold to the Lovitts as stolen goods. A mystery unfolds, more surprising than Abby could ever expect. Will she lose her beloved Jack to his rightful owners?Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley raises horses of her own, and her affection and expertise shine through in this inviting horse novel for young readers, set in 1960s California horse country and featuring characters from The Georges and the Jewels.

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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"A Good Horse" is about a girl named Abby Lovvit. Her family own a ranch with lots of horses. Her dad trains them then sells them. When they find out one of their favorite horses, Black George, can clear a 4 foot jump easily, Abby knows her dad won't turn down a good offer for the horse. Then Abby gets a letter from a private investigator from Texas. He says that one of their horses, Jack a young colt, is stolen goods. Abby might not lose 1 horse but 2. What will happen? Will Jack be returned to his owner? Will Abby's father sell Black George?

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