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The Language Of Hoofbeats

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : 1628994274
Genre : Fiction
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"When Jackie and Paula's teenage foster daughter Star disappears with Comet, their disapproving neighbor's spirited horse, the neighbors are thrown together--far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to putaside their animosity and confront the choices they've made and the scars they carry"--

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Warning This is an independent addition to The Language of Hoofbeats, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. INTRO Jackie and Paula knew that moving their two foster children and adopted son to the rural town of Easley might take a period of adjustment. However they never could have prepared themselves for their new neighbor, Clementine - a bitterly mean old woman who instantly and vocally disapproves of the idea of two women raising a family. The two household immediately clash over the issue of Clem's horse Comet when Jackie and Paula's troubled teenage foster daughter Star discovers that Clem has been neglecting the horse. Jackie and Paula offer to buy Comet from Clem, but she refuses to part with the horse that once belonged to her daughter, Tina, who tragically took her own life years before. Then when a desperate Star takes drastic measure, the two families are forced to work together to ensure the safety of the troublesome members of their family. The fascinating thing about The Language of Hoofbeats, and the reason the novel works so well, is that the two narrators, Jackie and Clementine, have such completely different perspectives on the same events, giving us a window into two incredibly diverse and complex personalities. In fact, diversity is a key component of this book, and readers will fall in love with the way Catherine Ryan Hyde handles topics of race, gender, sexuality and mental illness with deftness and compassion. This is a story about how families are made. SETTING The book takes place in the rural, unincorporated town of Easley, California, where Jackie and Paula have moved with their two foster teenagers and young adopted son, in order for Paula to set up her practice as a large animal veterinarian. Jackie, one of the book's two narrators, is initially uneasy about the move to this dusty town, anticipating small-town attitudes that might not look too kindly on a married lesbian couple with children. However with the exception of their antagonistic neighbor Clementine, no one in the town seems to have a problem with Jackie and Paula's family, and they even receive congratulations for the work they are doing with foster children. This seems somewhat unrealistic, as it is impossible to deny that homophobia still exists in the United States, but it is understandable considering the relatively low number of people Jackie and Paula seem to interact with throughout the book. In fact, the book is much more concerned with exploring the inter-family relationships than in discussing the attitudes of other townsfolk. The book's other narrator, Clementine, has lived in Easley all her life, but her disapproval of Jackie and Paula's family seems to stem from something other than her small-town values. Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

Pay It Forward

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : 9781481409421
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The internationally bestselling book that inspired the Pay It Forward movement is now available in a middle grade edition. Pay It Forward is a moving, uplifting novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts his teacher’s challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: do a good deed for three people, and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to “pay it forward” to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading across the world, and in this “quiet, steady masterpiece with an incandescent ending” (Kirkus Reviews), Trevor’s actions change his community forever. This middle grade edition of Pay It Forward is extensively revised, making it an appropriate and invaluable complement to lesson plans and an ideal pick for book clubs, classroom use, and summer reading. Includes an author'snote and curriculum guide.

Hoofbeats Of Danger

Author : Holly Hughes
ISBN : 9781497646544
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Set in 1860 as the first wagon trains rumble into the American West, this adventure-filled novel centers on a frontier girl and the beloved pony she tries to save Born in the back of a covered wagon traveling west from Vermont, Annie Dawson dreams of someday seeing what’s on the eastern side of the great Mississippi. For now, she’ll have to be content living with her parents and younger brother in the Nebraska Territory at the Red Buttes Pony Express station run by her family. That is, until her favorite pony starts going wild, and Annie’s friend—Pony Express rider Billy Cody—suspects that someone is poisoning her. But who’d want to hurt gentle Magpie? Indian tribes stirring up trouble? Or the Butterfield Mail, the Pony Express rival that seems to feel threatened by the ponies’ speed in delivering mail to California? The night before Magpie is scheduled to be put down, Annie steals out to see if her half-Shoshone friend Redbird Wilson can cure Magpie’s mysterious ailment. But the pony just gets worse. Unsure whom she can trust, Annie must use her wits to find the culprit before Magpie dies and other horses meet the same fate. This ebook includes a historical afterword.

Where We Belong

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : 9781446487822
Genre : Fiction
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A remarkable, moving story about family and the many forms this can take, which will be loved by fans of Jodi Picoult and Susan Lewis. Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mum are on the brink of homelessness... again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has a form of autism, and a tendency to shriek. Home never seems to last long. Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge Great Dane. Sophie falls in love, and begins to imitate the dog’s calm nature. The shrieking stops. Everyone relaxes. Until Paul, the dog's grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves away. Much to Angie's humiliation, her mum thinks they can follow Paul and his dog. Once reunited, despite a huge age gap, Angie and Paul form the closest friendship either has known. But Angie risks everything to help Paul's dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home – the only thing she's dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she won’t be thrown out of. A place she can feel she belongs.

Hollywood Hoofbeats

Author : Petrine Day Mitchum
ISBN : 9781620081716
Genre : Performing Arts
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The horses that captured the moviegoers’ hearts are the common denominator in Hollywood Hoofbeats. As author Petrine Day Mitchum writes, “the movies as we know them would be vastly different without horses. There would be no Westerns—no cowboy named John Wayne—no Gone with the Wind, no Ben Hur, no Dances with Wolves…” no War Horse, no True Grit, no Avatar! Those last three 21st-century Hollywood creations are among the new films covered in this expanded second edition of Hollywood Hoofbeats written by the daughter of movie star Robert Mitchum, who himself appeared on the silver screen atop a handsome chestnut gelding. Having grown up around movie stars and horses, Petrine Day Mitchum is the ideal author to pay tribute to the thousands of equine actors that have entertained the world since the inception of the film medium. From the early days of D.W. Griffith’s The Great Train Robbery to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, this celebration of movies promises something for every Hollywood fan… the raucous comedy of Abbot and Costello (and “Teabiscuit”) in It Ain’t Hay, a classic sports films like National Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor, a timeless epic with Errol Flynn, and films featuring guitar-strumming cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. INSIDE HOLLYWOOD HOOFBEATS Movie trivia and fascinating anecdotes about the stars of yesterday and today An inside look at the stunts horses performed in motion pictures and the lingering controversies Hundreds of illustrations, including rare movie posters, movie stills, and film clips Updated, expanded text including coverage of new movies and photographs Chapters devoted to action films, Westerns, comedies, musicals, child stars, and more Famous TV programs and their horses including Mr. Ed and Silver (Lone Ranger)

The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats

Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
ISBN : 9781590514641
Genre : Fiction
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A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

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