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  • H/J-type fiction books for girls?

    Hi, all. I have an 11-year-old niece who of course loves horses. She's been taking lessons for over a year, and is now starting to learn to jump. When she comes to visit from out of state, she rides here with me. Her 12th birthday is coming up and I'm looking for recommendations for good fiction books that have H/J riding or riding in them. I've gotten her a bunch of black stallion books, but aside from that I don't know of any. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it!
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ¯ Oscar Wilde

  • #2
    Summer of Horses...I don't know who it's by..I'll have to dig out my old book! I also loved the Thoroughbred series...about racing and steeple chase but still loved it at that age!

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    • #3
      I too loved the Thoroughbred series. I also loved the Dancer series, by Shelley Peterson. There were three books Dancer, Abby Malone, and Stagestruck. Those books were awesome to read. I really enjoyed them.

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      • #4
        The Thoroughbred Series has an offshoot about Ashleigh's daughter named Christina that's all about 3 day eventing/show jumping she might like. Those were always my favorites when I was that age. I want to say one of them is called 'Christina's Courage' or something like that...they then follow Parker trying to qualify for the Olympics or something after Christina starts racing. There's also some flashback books about Ashleigh where she competes in jumping stuff. I haven't thought about these books in ages but they were my favorite when I was a kid!

        Saddle Club books have a few as well but that might be a little young. I read those a lot when I was 6-8 then read a lot of Thoroughbred after that.

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        • #5
          A Perfect Distance. It's heroine is 17 yo daughter of a big name stables barn manager. She works off her rides and show expenses, cleaning up after the rich kids who come to train for the Big Eq classes. In her last year of riding as a junior she wants so much to win, but what price must she pay?

          It is well written by a USEF judge. The characters face dilemmas that they have to solve without too much involvement from adults. It's about growth, honesty, self-esteem and wanting to fit in. I've read it several times myself and given it as a gift to teens.

          Horse Country used to carry it, still might, but the book lady is off today so I'm not sure. Amazon prolly has it. Horse Country also has a great selection of British kids horse books written in the 50s, 60s, & 70s written as only the Brits can write them. Many have protagonists in their tween & early teens.

          What a great Aunt you are!
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            #6
            Great, great ideas so far! Thanks so much. Keep 'em coming!
            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
            ¯ Oscar Wilde

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            • #7
              Anything by Jean Slaughter Doghtery or Patricial Leitch. I think PL's books are out of print for the most part, but you can still get them used from Amazon or alibris.com
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              • #8
                Canterwood Crest may be too young, but I find when it comes to horse books, age has no limit

                There was another series about another boarding school, Chestnut Hill, that are probably equally cheesey but still h/j related, iirc.

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                • #9
                  The Canterwood Crest series is good and they are mostly hunter jumper stuff. I believe the author grew up showing hunters, so they are fairly accurate in the details.

                  I think there are about 12 books in the series now and the author is still writing more. They follow a young girl who goes to an equestrian boarding school. They are mostly about horses, but of course have some boy/friend drama too.

                  Here is a link to the first one: http://www.amazon.com/Take-Reins-Can...t_at_ep_dpt_12

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PinkPonies View Post
                    The Canterwood Crest series is good and they are mostly hunter jumper stuff. I believe the author grew up showing hunters, so they are fairly accurate in the details.
                    I wouldn't call them super accurate. The girl stopped riding in middle school, so her "accuracy" is basically a childs view.

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                    • #11
                      Everyday Friends by Lucy Diggs is a favorite. The Crumb by Jean Slaughter Doty is really good, but sad, and Beauty by Bill Wallace is a real tear-jerker.
                      The journey is the destination.

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                      • #12
                        COTH's Jody Jaffe's books are some of my favorites.


                        There's always The Saddle Club series. I like to go with series, rather than single books for teens - it encourages them to want to keep reading to see what happened to the people they "met" in the previous books.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by netg View Post
                          COTH's Jody Jaffe's books are some of my favorites.
                          These might be a *titch* too adult for an 11 yo but they're some of my favorites too.
                          ~Kryswyn~ Always look on the bright side of life, de doo, de doo de doo de doo
                          Check out my Kryswyn JRTs on Facebook

                          "Life is merrier with a terrier!"

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                          • #14
                            Thank you, thank you, thank you, Chaila -- I was given JSD's The Monday Horses as a kid and loved it but lost track of my copy and couldn't remember the title or author. Now I can go track it down again!

                            Two that I adored in my childhood are Tic-Tac, by Leslie Baird, and The Horsemasters, by Don Stanford. They're both rather dated, but each (esepcially The Horsemasters) conveys the joys and terrors of horsey life really well. I ended up tracking both down again as an adult, and I still enjoy reading them from time to time.

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                            • #15
                              Canterwood Crest is fairly entertaining although the accuracy is questionable. Not awful though. The discipline in that book is some mix of eventing and an occasional hunter hack class.

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                              • #16
                                Another vote for The Saddle Club and Thoroughbred series. Loved both!

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                                • #17
                                  Banner Year by Betty Cavanna

                                  One of my favorites when I was young. I don't think it's super accurate, but it's got a girl, a horse she loves and a good-looking boy.
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                                  • #18
                                    K.M. Peyton's "Fly-by-Night" and the sequel, "The Team"... I think there's another one that continued the series, but I haven't come across it yet.
                                    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Kryswyn View Post
                                      A Perfect Distance. It's heroine is 17 yo daughter of a big name stables barn manager. She works off her rides and show expenses, cleaning up after the rich kids who come to train for the Big Eq classes. In her last year of riding as a junior she wants so much to win, but what price must she pay?

                                      It is well written by a USEF judge. The characters face dilemmas that they have to solve without too much involvement from adults. It's about growth, honesty, self-esteem and wanting to fit in. I've read it several times myself and given it as a gift to teens.

                                      I second this book, it's really good!

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                                      • #20
                                        Second Horse Country - they do ship so if you're not in the area - I'm sure they would help you via phone

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