for Charley's Horse by Judith Shaw
From the Publisher
Charley's Horse is the story of Charley Rittenberg, an eleven-year-old girl who is crazy about horses. She knows everything about themâexcept how to ride.When her parents split up, Charley is sent to away to riding camp. She resists, but in the end, the lure of her own horse for the summer is too strong. She'll live with girls who love horses as much as she does, and she'll learn to ride. But her summer horse hates her, the girls in her cabin think she's a freak, and riding lessons scare her silly. A secret friend is all that makes camp bearable.Charley's Horse is the story of a young girl's journey through obstacles, isolation, and trials of courage. It's about the chasm between dreams and reality, about the difficulty of fitting in, overcoming fear and insecurity, and finding a way to stay true to herself. It's also about horses and riding, from an author who spent twenty-five years doing nothing but.This is not just a novel for horse-mad girls. Kids of any gender and almost any age will find themselves in this honest and heartwarming coming of age story.
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