The Georges and the Jewels

By Smiley, Jane

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ISBN
978-0-37586-227-4 978-0-37596-227-1
Publisher
Knopf


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Gr 5-8 A quiet novel about the relationships surrounding 12-year-old Abby on her family's rural horse ranch in 1960s California. Due to her parents' strict religious views (no TV or rock music), Abby often feels like an outcast in her small seventh-grade class and she is often subjected to ridicule by the popular girls. She finds solace in working with the horses (there are numerous detailed scenes of riding, jumping, and grooming) with the except...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

The time Abby spends riding horses is an important part of her dad's horse training business (he likes to be able to tell clients that "a little girl can ride them"), but Abby's not allowed to get attached, which is part of the reason her dad calls all the mares Jewel and all the geldings George. Abby calls one particular gelding Ornery George, though, because he seems "dedicated to bucking [her] off," and he scares her. And when a foal ge...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Though it's not allowed by her horse-trainer father, Abby grows attached to one particular gelding and an orphaned fo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

The writing is strong, with a beautifully realized setting and compelling characters. Abby is sympathetic...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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