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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Set in the early days of the Great Depression, this novel by Anton DiSclafani introduces Thea Atwell as she is deported from her protected home and family to a secluded horseback riding camp for rich girls.  While it is apparent that Thea has done something she and her parents consider terrible, this tragic incident is revealed slowly.  There is a lot of suspense in this story, though it’s not a suspense story in the usual sense.  This is a mystery without a dead body. 

The Cinderella Horse

The Eighty-Dollar Horse: Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth LettsThe afternoon auction ended. The leftovers, old horses, were packed tightly into a trailer for the final trip of their lives. These horses were the ones no one wanted. The ones destined for the glue factory.

Harry de Leyer, a stable instructor, planned to attend the auction. He wanted to buy a strong, sturdy horse but a flat tire dashed his plans. He arrived late and the only horses left were the rejects sandwiched together in the trailer.

War Animals

Many film studios reserve some of their biggest releases for the last two weeks of the year. One of the movies premiering on Christmas day is called War Horse and is based on a historical fiction book of the same name written by Michael Morpurgo. The film is set during World War I but it is not a war movie, according to director Steven Spielberg.

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