|Bea and the new deal horse|
Author: Elliott, Laura
Abandoned by her father after Black Tuesday, thirteen-year-old Bea convinces Mrs. Scott to take in her and her sister in exchange for farm work and Bea bonds with a seemingly untrainable horse.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 520742
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/23)
School Library Journal (00/02/23)
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Booklist - 01/01/2023 Bea, 13, and younger sister Vivian are secretly abandoned by their father on the farm of their late mother’s friend. After Bea rescues a temperamental chestnut horse with colic, the girls are discovered by the farm owner, Mrs. Millicent Scott, whose brisk demeanor initially dissuades Bea from revealing their connection. That “beaten-up horse and beaten-down girl” prove quite a pair and potentially Mrs. Scott’s best hope of saving her farm from foreclosure. Bea shows resilience as she confronts hardships and navigates life within her newfound family. Riding terminology and Virginia hunt-country gentility infuse the emotional text while Depression-era cultural facts, economics, and racial tensions color interactions among side characters. An extensive note details Elliott’s (Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves, 2022) admiration for notable female horseback riders as well as research that informed this work. Distrustful but determined Bea has a lot riding on her, but she harnesses her stubbornness amidst sorrow in this blue-ribbon pick for fans of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's The War That Saved My Life (2015). - Copyright 2023 Booklist.