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At first, Cole is not happy about his injured Uncle Daney coming to his family's farm to stay, but when Daney brings along his horse Nip, Cole gets involved in a plan to keep his parents from sending Nip away.
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Jessie Haas has written over 30 award-winning books for children, including Horse Crazy! Chase, Chico's Challenge, Unbroken, and the American Girl books Saige and Saige Paints the Sky. She lives in Vermont with husband Michael J. Daley, two cats, a dog, a hen, and a Morgan mare named Robin. Learn more at www.jessiehaas.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7-Cole, 12, has never met his paralyzed uncle, a former logger, but he imagines him to be a burly, hard-drinking, rough sort, and is not looking forward to having him come to live in his family's barn. But Daney turns out to be old and small, with a twinkle in his eye and a huge, handsome skidding horse as a companion. Nip proves to be a marvel of disciplined power and intelligence, and is the pride of Daney's life. But times are hard for this rural Vermont family, and Pop doubts they can afford to keep the animal. So, despite his useless legs, Daney cleverly schools Cole in the art of harnessing and driving a work horse, and together they improve Nip's usefulness. When Daney learns from neighboring farmers of a chance for winning money in the Farm Horse Contest at the upcoming fair, he intensifies Cole's training, and the culmination brings the boy into tight competition for the recognition and dollars that will ensure Nip's salvation. This is much more than a horse story-it is a finely crafted tale of human ingenuity in the face of hardship. With subtlety, insight, and economy of language, Haas creates a satisfying cast of believable characters working through fears and uncertainties to achieve moments of joy, pride, and kinship.
Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Junior High School, Springfield, VT
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