Charley’s Horse

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Charley's Horse, a novel by Judith ShawA novel for horse lovers by Judith Shaw

Charley Rittenberg was born loving horses but, way out in the country where she lived, there were no horses for her to love. So she did what she could to get close to horses in her mind.

Her bookshelf held copies of everything she could find about them: Misty of Chincoteague, The British Horse Association Horse Care Manual and everything in between. She had 34 porcelain horses, including every breed from Clydesdales to tiny Shetland ponies.

All of a sudden the world turned inside-out. Her parents started yelling, then clammed up and became scarily silent. Her dad stopped coming home at night. Charley and her brother were told they had to go away for the summer. They were being sent to camp.

Charley wanted to stay home to keep the family together, but the lure of riding camp was hard to resist. She’d be around horses all day every day with girls who loved them as much as she did. And she would learn to ride! It would be heaven.
It wasn’t.

Firefly, Charley’s horse for the summer, hated her. Sitting on a horse was terrifying, and she couldn’t even learn how to post. The girls in her cabin made fun of her for bringing books to camp! She longed to be home with her friends, her dreams, and her illusions, but home was a whole summer away.

How was Charley going to survive eight weeks of horse camp hell? Would she ever learn to ride? Did she even want to?

Horse-mad girls will love this book, and so will their mothers and grandmothers. Anyone who’s ever loved a horse will find themselves in this honest and heartfelt coming-of-age story.

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  1. Doug Norton

    Judith, nice lead-in to your novel. I like the way you write and I want to find out how Charley survives! Great to meet you and Ron at dinner and hear about your travels and your writing. Keep it up.

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