Read The Georges and the Jewels Storyline:A Pulitzer Prize winner makes her debut for young readers.
Jane Smiley makes her debut for young readers in this stirring novel set on a California horse ranch in the 1960s. Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt has always been more at ease with horses than with people. Her father insists they call all the mares â€œJewelâ€ and all the geldings â€œGeorgeâ€ and warns Abby not to get attached: the horses are there to be sold. But with all the stress at school (the Big Four have turned against Abby and her friends) and home (her brother Danny is goneâ€”for good, it seemsâ€”and now Daddy wonâ€™t speak his name), Abby seeks refuge with the Georges and the Jewels. But thereâ€™s one gelding on her familyâ€™s farm that gives her no end of trouble: the horse who wonâ€™t meet her gaze, the horse who bucks her right off every chance he gets, the horse her father makes her ride and train, every day. She calls him the Ornery George.
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