Star Gazer

By Chris Platt
(Peachtree Publ, Hardcover, 9781561455966, 184pp.)

Publication Date: September 2011

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Thirteen-year-old Jordan McKenzie loves draft horsesgentle giants, as theyre known in the horse industry. Her favorite is the sweet, dependable Black Percheron, and she hopes that her mom will let her have one someday. But considering they dont own even one animal on the small farm they rent in their new southern Michigan town, that seems very unlikely. Jordans fortunes change at a local livestock auction. With the help of a Mennonite boy, Jacob Yoder, she and her mom bid on a draft mare who is in danger of being sold to a slaughterhouse. Shes thrilled to become the proud owner of a large, two-thousand-pound draft horse named Star Gazer. But Jordans joy is short-lived when she learns that her new horse, once the winner of many log pulling contests, is lame and depressed due to years of neglect. Furious, Jordan vows to beat Star Gazers former owner in the state pulling contest at the end of the summerbut can she get Star Gazers health and confidence back?

About the Author
Chris Platt has been riding horses since she was two years old. At the age of sixteen, she earned her first gallop license at a racetrack in Salem, Oregon. Several years later, she became one of the first women jockeys in that state. Chris has also trained Arabian endurance horses and driven draft horses. After earning a journalism degree from the University of Nevada in Reno, she decided to combine her love of horses with her writing.
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