One Unhappy Horse

by C. Adler

Here is a moving intergenerational story, set in Arizona, about the friendship that develops between twelve-year-old Jan and Mattie, an elderly resident of a nearby assisted-living facility. Jan’s beloved horse, Dove, needs surgery on one of his legs, but money’s been extremely tight since Dad died, and Mom may not be able to afford the operation. The situation seems hopeless—until Mattie offers to help with a loan. But what will Mattie’s daughter think of her generous offer to a girl she just met?

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547745992
  • ISBN-10: 0547745990
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication Date: 03/19/2001
  • Carton Quantity: 1
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    Here is a moving intergenerational story, set in Arizona, about the friendship that develops between twelve-year-old Jan and Mattie, an elderly resident of a nearby assisted-living facility. Jan’s beloved horse, Dove, needs surgery on one of his legs, but money’s been extremely tight since Dad died, and Mom may not be able to afford the operation. The situation seems hopeless—until Mattie offers to help with a loan. But what will Mattie’s daughter think of her generous offer to a girl she just met?

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    "Once again, Adler has written a well-paces story with interesting and sympathetic characters." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

    Things could hardly get worse for 12-year-old Jan: her father has died, her mother seems unloving, she has no friends, money is tight, and her beloved horse, Dove, is limping. Of course, things do get a bit worse—Dove needs an operation the family can't afford. But along the way Jan befriends Mattie, a resident at a nearby retirement home, and Lisa, a new girl at school. Even better, she realizes that her mother does love her, after all. Adler has created a number of convincing characters for this novel, which is set on a small ranch near Tuscon, Arizona. The initial bleakness of Jan's situation may put off some readers, but girls who love to read about girls who love horses will find this a satisfying story in the end.

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