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  • I need the author and title of a book . . .

    So, like the famous artists, such as Picasso and whatnot, I tend to go through phases. Currently, I am in one where all I want to do is eat Jolly Rancher lollipops and read horse books from my youth. I've been through most of my old Saddle Clubs (which - and don't flame me for this . It's only my worthless opinion - upon a second reading, I found, are boring as all hell) and have since moved on to Shelly Petersen's novels and the like.

    Anyway, I'd like to order an old book from back in the day, the title and author of which I cannot remember for the life of me. All I recall is that it was about a girl who rides her horse to some other chick's estate and doesn't realize that she's been going back in time until the other girl tries to keep her there. It has a very melancholy tone to it and at some point includes the following little nursery rhyme:

    How many miles to Babylon?
    Three-score and ten.
    Can I get there by candlelight?
    Yes, and back again.

    I last read this thing when I was a little girl. I'd wander around the woods behind my house, wishing I had a horse on which I could jump all the gates and gallop away from evil kids hiding in time-portals.

    Cheers,
    Susie
    http://www.kachoom.com

    "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson
    "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson
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    #2
    So, like the famous artists, such as Picasso and whatnot, I tend to go through phases. Currently, I am in one where all I want to do is eat Jolly Rancher lollipops and read horse books from my youth. I've been through most of my old Saddle Clubs (which - and don't flame me for this . It's only my worthless opinion - upon a second reading, I found, are boring as all hell) and have since moved on to Shelly Petersen's novels and the like.

    Anyway, I'd like to order an old book from back in the day, the title and author of which I cannot remember for the life of me. All I recall is that it was about a girl who rides her horse to some other chick's estate and doesn't realize that she's been going back in time until the other girl tries to keep her there. It has a very melancholy tone to it and at some point includes the following little nursery rhyme:

    How many miles to Babylon?
    Three-score and ten.
    Can I get there by candlelight?
    Yes, and back again.

    I last read this thing when I was a little girl. I'd wander around the woods behind my house, wishing I had a horse on which I could jump all the gates and gallop away from evil kids hiding in time-portals.

    Cheers,
    Susie
    http://www.kachoom.com

    "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson
    "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson

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    • #3
      "Can I Get There By Candlelight?" by Jean Slaughter Doty.

      One of my favorite horsey authors when I was little! "Summer Pony" was my favorite book!

      "There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." - Will Rogers
      \"So shines a good deed in a weary world\" - Willy Wonka

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      • #4
        aww the saddle club books werent THAT boring...have you ever watched the tv show? its so bad its actually hillarious.

        'Saanb ke rakh ni ey jovan butri
        Hun mur ke na aauni bahaar' -punjabi mc

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        • #5
          Yep, Drifting Cloud named it. You might also check out the rest of Ms. Doty's books. She had several that revolved around the showjumping world. Two titles that spring to mind are "Monday Horses," and, "Dark Horse."

          If you really are into blowing a few hours on a horse book but are craving something more mature, check out pretty much anything by Dick Francis. His books won't send you racing for a dictionary, but are wonderful entertainment!
          "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." -Henry Ford

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          • #6
            Is that the book where the girl finds out Babylon is next door or something? At the end there is some ordeal with the carriage and saddle?

            I read it a long time ago, but if it's the same book, it was fabulous.

            I have been looking for a book about a boy separated from his mother... and then he lives in a cave in the countryside, with a family (after a fire in their woodshed), and with his mother's friend.

            It's set in Europe, and he meets up with his mother again. So very vague, but I would love to read this book again.

            Dressager
            You don't throw a whole life away just because its a little banged up - Tom Smith
            You don't throw a whole life away just because its a little banged up - Tom Smith

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            • #7
              And I know ETBW once told me on another book thread, but I forgot it now ... which is the Glenn Balch book where Ben and Dixie buy that racehorse Peck O'Trouble while they are living in Boise with Aunt Mary and Uncle Ed?

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                #8
                drifting cloud - yay! You're my new hero! I'm thrilled and will now set about attempting to order this thing. Would you believe that up till now, I've been wandering the aisles at used bookstores, hoping to happen across it and get lucky? Not easy when you don't remember the title, I tell you .

                JinxyFish - oh no, you did NOT just ask me if I've ever watched the TV show !!!! Not only have I obsessively watched the TV show, I would come here afterwards to write long, ranty, fun-making posts about the episodes that I would force everyone to read. Ask anyone. That show is awesome, but for all the wrong reasons .

                Tiramit - now, how have I gone years and years without ever knowing this? If there are books out there about showjumping, I must have them. I'll check out the ones you've mentioned, as well as a few Dick Francis books (my old equitation coach was addicted to them and would spend ages detailing the storyline of whichever one he was on at the time).

                dressager - that would be the one! And I love that you're using that quote - it gave me goosebumps in the movie .

                Coreene - hmmm . . . I must go and look up this book thread you mention. Perhaps I can get some ideas for future reads there.

                Cheers,
                Susie
                http://www.kachoom.com

                "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson
                "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson

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                • #9
                  I love "The Crumb" - also a Doty book. I also loved some that were about Vicki and the Brown Mare, and another called something like Vicki and the Dark Horse? Anyone remember those? I remember rereading when I had a bit more knowlege and still liking them, without finding all the irritating stuff like you find in some. (The ones where the horse that everyone thought would die and will only race with the farm manager's 14 year old daughter aboard, and they only discover this the day before the Ky Derby, and the kid rides and wins even without ever racing before, with some other tragedies playing in involving blindness, limping, or friends who are mean!!!!)
                  I do still like the Walter Farley books, however, even though they are totally unrealistic - hmmm - like I just moaned about - oh well. I loved his "Man 'O War". I need to write books like these.

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                    #10
                    race_run_jump - ha ha! Or one where the intrepid 13-year-old heroine finds the horse tangled in the bracken, where an abusive owner has left him to starve to death. Saving his life, she wins the animal's (a stallion, naturally) undying devotion. While he will try to savage anyone else who tries to come near him, little Sienna can hold his head in her lap as he sleeps. Together, they qualify for the Olympics in showjumping (never having jumped before and only having realized Thunder's - yes, Thunder's - talent while out hacking through the countryside one day and deciding to take an eight foot wall just for the heck of it). Naturally, the day before the individual competition, the evil rich person (they're always evil, rich, and someone who has tormented the heroine for years) who abandoned Thunder in the first place has taken note of his success and comes back to claim him as theirs. There is much pain and suffering, and Sienna weeps until there is not one tear left in her body. Then, with moments to go before the competition, the evil, rich person is thwarted (be it via incapacitating accident, some sort of legal issue, or whatever) and Thunder, somehow having been set free in the wild, instinctively gallops over miles of wilderness, back to his mistress' side. She throws her arms around him, then leaps upon him bareback, to win the gold medal and the hearts of the world!

                    Okay, perhaps I got a smidge carried away there. In fact, that's actually better than a lot of the plots a lot of horse books have. Hell, I'd read it .

                    Cheers,
                    Susie
                    http://www.kachoom.com

                    "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson
                    "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson

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                    • #11
                      Winter Pony is another great Jean Slaughter-Doty book...one of my favorites!

                      And of course re-reading the REAL Black Beauty (the actual Anna Sewell novel) is always a treat.

                      There was another series I loved as a kid, but for the life of me I can't remember what the books were called...only that the heroine lived on a ranch, rode western, and owned a buckskin mare named Amber. The herione and her friends solved all kinds of mysteries, including the kidnapping of an Arab show horse (I think that book was called "The Silver Stallion," or something like that). P.S.: The trainer did it!

                      Another one I LOVED was "A Summer of Horses." I will have to look up the author, but it was my absolute favorite.

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                      • #12
                        Ah, now ... alas, Kachoo, anything by Ms. Doty and my other fav, Patsey Gray, will not be readily found at a reasonable price at a used book store unless the owner has not checked the prices on eBay and ABE. You MIGHT be able to find it at a library or come across an ill-used copy at a reasonable price but ... let's just say Mr. Beezer is concerned I'm going to bankrupt us with my collection of kids horse books!

                        As for new adult horse fiction ... I just read a good show jumping yarn: Cutthroat, by alas, can't remember but it's a man. It's a mystery set in England, guy is a U.S. rider who has bad wreck, gets chance to redeem himself in England, bad things keep happening at the yard ... it's a damn cracking fine tale!

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                          #13
                          sbt78lw - I know which series you're talking about!!! I don't remember the name of it either, but the cover had the title all underlined with a lariat, didn't it? I remember the one where Amber is hired to star in a film, and the heroine (who has long black hair she wears in a braid - honestly, the things that stick with you) has to watch in turmoil as the horrible actress does a miserable job riding her beautiful horse! Oh, the humanity! It was awesome.

                          Beezer - then I shall make a pilgrimage to my local library and borrow the book. If it's as great as I remember, perhaps I will selfishly deprive other little horse-loving girls of it by "spilling" something on it and having to buy it. Cutthroat sounds interesting. Anything set in England is the best! Does everyone say "bloody" and "bollocks?" God, I hope so! I'll check it out .

                          Cheers,
                          Susie
                          http://www.kachoom.com

                          "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson
                          "That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson

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                          • #14
                            Oh Kachoo I too go through those phases... glad I'm not the only one. Instead of Jolly Ranchers, I make a hot cup of tea and burrow under the bed covers. I'm not anti-social, really I'm not!

                            Can I recommend a real feel-good book that I read time and time again when I was a teenager? It's called Fly-by-Night by a lady called K.M. Peyton (she who also wrote the magnificent Flambards). It's set in England (sorry no bloodies or bollocks in this one) about a teenaged girl who is desperate for a pony of her own but her family cannot afford one. After perusing expensive sale barns which leave her feeling depressed and hopeless, she manages to find one cheap but it is unbroken and she is inexperienced... you can take it from there. It's beautifully written and I've read it about 20 times.

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                            • #15
                              <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kachoo:
                              Or one where the intrepid 13-year-old heroine finds the horse tangled in the bracken, where an abusive owner has left him to starve to death. Saving his life, she wins the animal's (a stallion, naturally) undying devotion. While he will try to savage anyone else who tries to come near him, little Sienna can hold his head in her lap as he sleeps. Together, they qualify for the Olympics in showjumping (never having jumped before and only having realized Thunder's - yes, Thunder's - talent while out hacking through the countryside one day and deciding to take an eight foot wall just for the heck of it). Naturally, the day before the individual competition, the evil rich person (they're always evil, rich, and someone who has tormented the heroine for years) who abandoned Thunder in the first place has taken note of his success and comes back to claim him as theirs. There is much pain and suffering, and Sienna weeps until there is not one tear left in her body. Then, with moments to go before the competition, the evil, rich person is thwarted (be it via incapacitating accident, some sort of legal issue, or whatever) and Thunder, somehow having been set free in the wild, instinctively gallops over miles of wilderness, back to his mistress' side. She throws her arms around him, then leaps upon him bareback, to win the gold medal and the hearts of the world!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                              I loved that one!
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                              • #16
                                <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>posted by Beezer:
                                As for new adult horse fiction ... I just read a good show jumping yarn: Cutthroat, by alas, can't remember but it's a man. It's a mystery set in England, guy is a U.S. rider who has bad wreck, gets chance to redeem himself in England, bad things keep happening at the yard ... it's a damn cracking fine tale!
                                <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                Have to laugh at this. We had so many rainy weekends in NY this Spring, that I feel like I've become an expert on "made for TV" or "Lifetime" movies. I'm also enjoying "Murder She Wrote" reruns.

                                Beezer, you just described the plot to almost every single movie or show I've seen this year. Change a few things - the country, the sport, the injury or "bad luck" the person is recovering from - and it is almost guaranteed that it will become a movie or show, and I will be mesmorized (again and again) by it!

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                                • #17
                                  My favorite is "Beat the Turtle Drum". (Oddly enough, even as an adult, I can't figure out the title.) A girl who wants a horse above everything else finally saves enough money to rent one for a weekend, keeps it in her garage, rides it with her sister and friends, and...I won't give the ending away, but it is the first book that made me cry at 9 years old.

                                  As a horse-crazy child who desperately wanted her parents to buy a horse which she would keep in the garage, I so related to this girl!

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                                  • #18
                                    Does anyone remember an old book about a girl who I think either had an ordinary pony or no pony at all of her own but was quite jealous of a girl who had a wonderful black pony named Stove Polish? I think there were at least two books with some of the same characters and in at least one book they go to a Pony Club rally where the protagonist is the horse manager (I think?)?

                                    I know my description is vague...but maybe someone else remembers Stove Polish and can help me!

                                    ****
                                    NYHR

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                                    • #19
                                      Paddys Mom - I have that book on my bookshelf at home. It made me cry, too!

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                                      • #20
                                        Oh Paddy's Mom- I had forgotten about Beat the Turtle Drum! I loved that book when I was a kid and re-read it many times despite the fact that it made me cry every time.
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