The Georges and the Jewels

By Jane Smiley; Elaine Clayton (Illustrator)
(Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780375862281, 232pp.)

Publication Date: September 14, 2010

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A Pulitzer Prize winner makes her debut for young readers.

Abby Lovitt has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, but Daddy hasn't let her name a single one. He calls all their geldings George and their mares Jewel and warns her not to get attached. The horses are there on the ranch to be sold, plain and simple.

But with all the stress at school (the Big Four—Linda, Mary A., Mary N., Joan—have turned against her) and home (nothing feels right with her brother, Danny, gone), Abby can't help but seek comfort in the Georges and the Jewels, who greet her every day with soft nickers. Except for one: the horse who won't meet her gaze, the horse who bucks her off, the horse Daddy insists she ride and train. Abby knows not to cross her father, but she knows, too, that she can't get back on Ornery George. And suddenly the horses seem like no refuge at all.

From Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley comes an emotionally charged and action-filled novel for young readers, set in the vibrant landscape of 1960s California horse country.




About the Author
Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres and more than ten other works of fiction, as well as three works of nonfiction, including a critically acclaimed biography of Charles Dickens. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in northern California.

Elaine Clayton is an artist, author, certified Reiki Master, Intuitive Reader, and creator of "Illuminara Intuitive Journal". She is also the illustrator of children's books and conducts workshops in schools, libraries, and museums on the connection between drawing and empathy. She practices Reiki and Intuitive Healing in New York City and Connecticut, where she lives with her family.
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