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A Good Horse

(2010)
(Secret Horse)
(The second book in the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch series)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction
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Praise for this book

"Passion for horses shines out of every page." - Meg Rosoff


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Used availability for Jane Smiley's A Good Horse

Hardback Editions

October 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Good Horse: Book Two of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch
Author(s): Jane Smiley
ISBN: 0-375-86229-3 / 978-0-375-86229-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: A Good Horse: Book Two of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch
Author(s): Jane Smiley
ISBN: 0-375-96228-X / 978-0-375-96228-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Secret Horse
Author(s): Jane Smiley
ISBN: 0-571-27447-1 / 978-0-571-27447-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Good Horse: Book Two of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch
Author(s): Jane Smiley
ISBN: 0-375-86230-7 / 978-0-375-86230-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yearling
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Good Horse: The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 2
Author(s): Jane Smiley
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


September 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Good Horse: The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 2
Author(s): Jane Smiley
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Good Horse
Author(s): Jane Smiley
ISBN: 1-4906-4083-5 / 978-1-4906-4083-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

June 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Secret Horse
Author(s): Jane Smiley
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


October 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Good Horse: Book Two of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch
Author(s): Jane Smiley
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA