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The Language Of Hoofbeats

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : 1628994274
Genre : Fiction
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"When Jackie and Paula's teenage foster daughter Star disappears with Comet, their disapproving neighbor's spirited horse, the neighbors are thrown together--far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to putaside their animosity and confront the choices they've made and the scars they carry"--

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Warning This is an independent addition to The Language of Hoofbeats, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. INTRO Jackie and Paula knew that moving their two foster children and adopted son to the rural town of Easley might take a period of adjustment. However they never could have prepared themselves for their new neighbor, Clementine - a bitterly mean old woman who instantly and vocally disapproves of the idea of two women raising a family. The two household immediately clash over the issue of Clem's horse Comet when Jackie and Paula's troubled teenage foster daughter Star discovers that Clem has been neglecting the horse. Jackie and Paula offer to buy Comet from Clem, but she refuses to part with the horse that once belonged to her daughter, Tina, who tragically took her own life years before. Then when a desperate Star takes drastic measure, the two families are forced to work together to ensure the safety of the troublesome members of their family. The fascinating thing about The Language of Hoofbeats, and the reason the novel works so well, is that the two narrators, Jackie and Clementine, have such completely different perspectives on the same events, giving us a window into two incredibly diverse and complex personalities. In fact, diversity is a key component of this book, and readers will fall in love with the way Catherine Ryan Hyde handles topics of race, gender, sexuality and mental illness with deftness and compassion. This is a story about how families are made. SETTING The book takes place in the rural, unincorporated town of Easley, California, where Jackie and Paula have moved with their two foster teenagers and young adopted son, in order for Paula to set up her practice as a large animal veterinarian. Jackie, one of the book's two narrators, is initially uneasy about the move to this dusty town, anticipating small-town attitudes that might not look too kindly on a married lesbian couple with children. However with the exception of their antagonistic neighbor Clementine, no one in the town seems to have a problem with Jackie and Paula's family, and they even receive congratulations for the work they are doing with foster children. This seems somewhat unrealistic, as it is impossible to deny that homophobia still exists in the United States, but it is understandable considering the relatively low number of people Jackie and Paula seem to interact with throughout the book. In fact, the book is much more concerned with exploring the inter-family relationships than in discussing the attitudes of other townsfolk. The book's other narrator, Clementine, has lived in Easley all her life, but her disapproval of Jackie and Paula's family seems to stem from something other than her small-town values. Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

Pay It Forward

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : 9781481409421
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The internationally bestselling book that inspired the Pay It Forward movement is now available in a middle grade edition. Pay It Forward is a moving, uplifting novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts his teacher’s challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: do a good deed for three people, and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to “pay it forward” to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading across the world, and in this “quiet, steady masterpiece with an incandescent ending” (Kirkus Reviews), Trevor’s actions change his community forever. This middle grade edition of Pay It Forward is extensively revised, making it an appropriate and invaluable complement to lesson plans and an ideal pick for book clubs, classroom use, and summer reading. Includes an author'snote and curriculum guide.

Funerals For Horses

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : UCSC:32106014663303
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Ella Ginsberg embarks on a journey to find her missing brother and, while searching for him, comes to terms with the tragedies of her past, including her sister's suicide and her mother's descent into mental illness

Where We Belong

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : 9780857520616
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Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mum are on the brink of homelessness... again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has a form of autism, and a tendency to shriek. Home never seems to last long. Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge Great Dane. Sophie falls in love, and begins to imitate the dog's calm nature. The shrieking stops. Everyone relaxes. Until Paul, the dog's grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves away. Much to Angie's humiliation, her mum thinks they can follow Paul and his dog. Once reunited, despite a huge age gap, Angie and Paul form the closest friendship either has known. But Angie risks everything to help Paul's dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home - the only thing she's dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she won't be thrown out of. A place she can feel she belongs.

When I Found You

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : 9780552775724
Genre : Abandoned children
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"Nathan McCann is out walking when he finds a new born baby boy half buried in the woods. At first Nathan thinks he's too late, but then the baby moves. This day is the most remarkable day of Nathan's life, and always will be. When the child is returned to his grandmother, Nathan asks her to make him one simple promise that one day she will take the boy to Nathan and tell him, This is the man who found you in the woods.' Years later, Nathan finds an angry, troubled boy on his doorstep. And so begins a magical relationship between two ordinary people, profoundly effected by a single, extraordinary event."

Worthy

Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
ISBN : 1477830138
Genre : Fiction
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They might ve been a family. Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together. Nineteen years later, Virginia is engaged, though she has not forgotten Aaron or Buddy. When her dog goes missing and it comes to light that her fiance set him loose, a distraught Virginia breaks off the engagement and is alone once again. A shy young man has found the missing pet, and although he s bonded with the animal, he answers his conscience and returns the dog. Before long, Virginia and the young man discover a connection from their pasts that will help them let go of painful memories and change their lives forever."

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