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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Angela Goethals Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch Series Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781490656465
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The 1960s setting and the Lovitt family’s ranch life (and faith) are visceral presences in the book. And when heartbreaking and very adult decisions need to be made, Abby’s love of horses provides a steadfast anchor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Smiley writes beautifully about Abby’s dawning awareness of the small sadnesses of life..[For] serious [horse] enthusiasts…Smiley is a godsend—few other authors can balance dreaminess and realism so deftly.”


  • “Rich, real, and utterly engrossing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Smiley clearly has a deep knowledge of horses, and her love of rearing and riding horses shows through in her vivid descriptions of equestrian competitions.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Angela Goethals’ performance highlights eighth-grader Abby Lovitt’s practical and calm manner…The focus here is on horsemanship, but Goethals deepens the story with her vocal characterizations of the people in Abby’s world. She’s especially skilled at creating male voices as well as that of the crisply efficient riding instructor, Miss Slater. This audiobook will be most appealing to horse lovers but will also be welcome family listening.”


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About the Author
Author Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of five works of nonfiction and more than twenty acclaimed works of fiction, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Angela Goethals is a native New Yorker who has appeared on and off Broadway in Picnic, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Good Times Are Killing Me, for which she won an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination. Since moving to Los Angeles with her husband, she has appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Without a Trace, and Boston Public, with a recurring role on 24.