A Good Horse: Book Two of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 6n/a5.366310
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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published on August 23, 2011 by Yearling
ISBN-10: 0375862307
ISBN-13: 9780375862304
6 Book Reviews
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  • lis
    lisFriday, June 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm33 stars
    i am currently reading this book and so far i have liked it. it can get a little boring after reading a few chapters, but this is a great book for horse lovers to read.
    • jenna0106
      jenna0106Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm55 stars
      i loved this book so much!!!!
      • cima
        cimaTuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:38 am
        I'm done with the book. At the beginning it was pretty good but if your looking for a really good mystery, this is not the book you want to get. Abby’s father had bought a stolen horse without knowing. Later a Secret Agency comes requesting it. Yet she has died already, but she did produce a colt that they named Jake. They may have to give up Jake, who is the horse that pulls at Abby’s heart. Yet, I think a lot of it is about Black George. He is a horse that is famous for doing jumping courses with Abbey. Not really the kind of mystery I was looking for but overall it was a good book.
        • cima
          cimaThursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:23 am
          I got this book from the library. So far in the book, I'm really loving it!
          • poptropica
            poptropicaThursday, December 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm
            This sweet tailed book is perfect for horse lovers.
            • rstevens
              rstevensWednesday, September 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm
              I lov horses!!!!!!!!!)!!!!!!so dose my freands