True Blue

True Blue Cover

True Blue

Book Three of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch

By Jane Smiley

Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375862311, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011


True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family's ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a home: his owner—a woman brand new to the riding stable--was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has claimed him. Daddy is wary, as always. But Abby is smitten. True Blue is a sweetheart, and whenever Abby calls out, "Blue, Blue, how are you?" he  whinnies back.

But sometimes True Blue seems...spooked. He paces, and always seems to be looking for something. Or someone. Abby starts to wonder about True Blue's owner. What was she like? What did she look like? One moonlit night, Abby could swear she hears a whisper in her ear: "He's still my horse." Filled with riding scenes and horse details, this newest middle-grade novel from a Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a mysterious and suspenseful almost-ghost story.

About the Author
JANE SMILEY is the author of many novels for adults as well as three works of nonfiction. She won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Thousand Acres" and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. She lives in Northern California, where she raises horses of her own.