The Eighty dollar Champion

The Eighty dollar Champion
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publsiher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0345521099
ISBN 13: 9780345521095
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Eighty dollar Champion Book Review:

Traces the story of a champion equine jumper and the Dutch farmer who rescued him from the slaughterhouse, recounting how the farmer discovered Snowman's jumping talents and trained him to compete against the world's thoroughbreds.

The Eighty Dollar Champion

The Eighty Dollar Champion
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-08-23
ISBN 10: 0345521102
ISBN 13: 9780345521101
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Eighty Dollar Champion Book Review:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The dramatic and inspiring story of a man and his horse, an unlikely duo whose rise to stardom in the sport of show jumping captivated the nation Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

The Eighty Dollar Champion

The Eighty Dollar Champion
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2014-05-15
ISBN 10: 1472111230
ISBN 13: 9781472111234
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Eighty Dollar Champion Book Review:

Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry's modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War-era America-a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. They were the longest of all longshots-and their win was the stuff of legend.

The Eighty Dollar Champion

The Eighty Dollar Champion
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publsiher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-11-10
ISBN 10: 9780593127131
ISBN 13: 0593127137
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Eighty Dollar Champion Book Review:

Adapted from the #1 New York Times bestselling adult novel, this inspiring true story of a man and horse duo who rose to the top of the competitive equestrian world is one of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all, perfect for animal lovers and history buffs alike. On a bleak winter afternoon, Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse. Noting a spark in the horse's eye, the Dutch immigrant bought the beaten-up animal for only eighty dollars and took him to the family's modest farm on Long Island. Though Snowman thrived in his new home, Harry needed money. Reluctantly, he sold Snowman to another farm a few miles down the road. But the shaggy horse had other ideas. When he turned up back at Harry's barn, dragging an old tire and a broken fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the horse. Snowman then began his extraordinary path to stardom as Harry trained him to show jump, taking Snowman all the way to the very top of the sport. This dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo is based on the insight and recollections of the Flying Dutchman himself. Snowman and Harry's story captured the heart of Cold War-era America--a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. Elizabeth Letts's message is simple: Never give up, even when the obstacles seem sky-high. There is something extraordinary in all of us. Praise for the Adult Edition of The Eighty-Dollar Champion "A classic American dream story, with a down-on-its-luck horse galloping in for good measure."-USA Today "If you loved the story of Seabiscuit, the surprise champion racehorse, make a date to check out the true story of Snowman."-San Jose Mercury News "This is a wonderful book--joyous, heartfelt, and an eloquent reminder that hope can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Most of all, it's a moving testament to the incredible things that can grow from the bond between animals and humans. If you love a great animal tale, you'll love this book!"--Gwen Cooper, author of Homer's Odyssey

The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-08-23
ISBN 10: 0345544811
ISBN 13: 9780345544810
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Perfect Horse Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the remarkable story of the heroic rescue of priceless horses in the closing days of World War II WINNER OF THE PEN AWARD FOR RESEARCH NONFICTION In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the U.S. Army’s last great cavalrymen, Colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed’s small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses. Pulling together this multistranded story, Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler’s imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator’s son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm’s surrender. A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of these events. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor. Praise for The Perfect Horse “Winningly readable . . . Letts captures both the personalities and the stakes of this daring mission with such a sharp ear for drama that the whole second half of the book reads like a WWII thriller dreamed up by Alan Furst or Len Deighton. . . . The right director could make a Hollywood classic out of this fairy tale.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Letts, a lifelong equestrienne, eloquently brings together the many facets of this unlikely, poignant story underscoring the love and respect of man for horses.”—Kirkus Reviews

Snowman

Snowman
Author: Catherine Hapka
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2016-08-30
ISBN 10: 1481478141
ISBN 13: 9781481478144
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Snowman Book Review:

A twist of fate brings a man and horse together in this remarkable true story now available in a new version adapted by the author of the Marguerite Henry’s Ponies of Chincoteague series. Snowman, an Amish plow horse, was bound for the meat market when Harry deLeyer, a Long Island riding instructor, spotted him at auction. After making eye contact with the gentle giant deLeyer decided to purchase him for $80. At first, Snowman was just a horse that children rode during lessons, but when deLeyer sold him to a neighbor, the horse had other ideas. He would jump the high fences so he could return “home.” Harry then began training Snowman as a show jumper. Less than two years out of the plow fields, Snowman won the 1958 horse show jumping Triple Crown—the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman’s Association Champion, and Champion of Madison Square Garden’s Diamond Jubilee. Snowman was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992.

The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publsiher: Yearling
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-02-07
ISBN 10: 0525644776
ISBN 13: 9780525644774
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Perfect Horse Book Review:

When a small troop of American soldiers capture a German spy, they uncover an unexpected secret- Hitler has kidnapped the world's finest purebred horses and hidden them in a secret Czechoslovakian breeding farm. But starving Russian troops are drawing closer, and the horses face the danger of being slaughtered for food. With little time to spare, Colonel Hank Reed and his soldiers cross enemy lines to heroically save some of the world's most treasured animals. In this thrilling young readers' edition of her New York Times bestselling book, Elizabeth Letts details the terrifying truth of Hitler's eugenics program during World War II and shares the story of the courageous American troop dedicated to stopping it. Highlighting bravery in the face of incredible odds, this tale will shed light on a little-known piece of our past and speak to history fans and animal lovers of every age.

Horse Crazy

Horse Crazy
Author: Sarah Maslin Nir
Publsiher: Simon & Schuster
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-08-04
ISBN 10: 1501196235
ISBN 13: 9781501196232
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horse Crazy Book Review:

ONE OF USA TODAY'S “20 SUMMER BOOKS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS” In the bestselling tradition of works by such authors as Susan Orlean and Mary Roach, a New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist explores why so many people—including herself—are obsessed with horses. It may surprise you to learn that there are over seven million horses in America—even more than when they were the only means of transportation—and nearly two million horse owners. Acclaimed journalist and avid equestrian Sarah Maslin Nir is one of them; she began riding horses when she was just two years old and hasn’t stopped since. Horse Crazy is a fascinating, funny, and moving love letter to these graceful animals and the people who—like her—are obsessed with them. It is also a coming-of-age story of Nir growing up an outsider within the world’s most elite inner circles, and finding her true north in horses. Nir takes readers into the lesser-known corners of the riding world and profiles some of its most captivating figures. We meet Monty Roberts, the California trainer whose prowess earned him the nickname “the man who listens to horses,” and his pet deer; George and Ann Blair, who at their riding academy on a tiny island in Manhattan’s Harlem River seek to resurrect the erased legacy of the African American cowboy; and Francesca Kelly, whose love for an Indian nobleman shaped her life’s mission: to protect an endangered Indian breed of horse and bring them to America. Woven into these compelling character studies, Nir shares her own moving personal narrative. She details her father’s harrowing tale of surviving the Holocaust, and describes an enchanted but deeply lonely upbringing in Manhattan, where horses became her family. She found them even in the middle of the city, in a stable disguised in an old townhouse and in Central Park, when she chased down truants as an auxiliary mounted patrol officer. And she speaks candidly of how horses have helped her overcome heartbreak and loss. Infused with heart and wit, and with each chapter named after a horse Nir has loved, Horse Crazy is an unforgettable blend of beautifully written memoir and first-rate reporting.

Out of the Clouds

Out of the Clouds
Author: Linda Carroll,David Rosner
Publsiher: Hachette Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-05-29
ISBN 10: 0316432210
ISBN 13: 9780316432214
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Out of the Clouds Book Review:

In the bestselling tradition of the The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen. In the wake of World War II, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, Americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top-and they found it in Stymie, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs. Like Stymie, Jacobs was a commoner in "The Sport of Kings," a dirt-poor Brooklyn city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing's winningest trainer by buying cheap, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners. The $1,500 pittance Jacobs paid to claim Stymie became history's biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, becoming the first Thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900,000. The Cinderella champion nicknamed "The People's Horse" captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story. In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America's most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with Stymie and Jacobs, Out of the Clouds -- the winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award -- unwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own.

Quality of Care

Quality of Care
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publsiher: Nal Accent
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2005
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UVA:X004874381
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quality of Care Book Review:

A dedicated obstetrician, Clara Raymond comes face to face with her childhood friend, Lydia Benson, who had once saved Clara's life following a horseback-riding accident, a brief reunion that ends in tragedy and sends Clara on an odyssey back to her California past and to a rediscovery of the meaning of life. A first novel. Original.

Poisoned

Poisoned
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-10-20
ISBN 10: 1338268511
ISBN 13: 9781338268515
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Poisoned Book Review:

From Jennifer Donnelly, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Stepsister, comes a fairytale retelling that'll forever change the way you think about strength, power, and the real meaning of "happily ever after."

Wild Horse Scientists

Wild Horse Scientists
Author: Kay Frydenborg
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0547518315
ISBN 13: 9780547518312
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wild Horse Scientists Book Review:

Traces the work of two wildlife veterinarians who protect and chart the lives of Assateague Island's wild horses, describing their shared efforts to balance the horses' ecosystem and raise awareness.

The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer
Author: Nicholas Evans
Publsiher: Dell
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2009-12-16
ISBN 10: 9780307574749
ISBN 13: 0307574741
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Horse Whisperer Book Review:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A compelling portrait of three people who love each other but can't break through the self-created walls that keep them apart.”—Chicago Sun-Times His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl’s savage horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her: a reason to believe. Praise for The Horse Whisperer “Compelling . . . a real page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Fascinating . . . moving . . . a big, engrossing book [with] an unexpected endeing that surprises mightily.”—Los Angeles Times “Brilliance pervades this five-hankerchief weepie.”—The Times (London) “Outstanding . . . a book of rare power and beauty.”—Booklist

Free Boy

Free Boy
Author: Lorraine McConaghy,Judy Bentley
Publsiher: University of Washington Press
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2013-03-01
ISBN 10: 029580470X
ISBN 13: 9780295804705
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free Boy Book Review:

Free Boy is the story of a 13-year-old slave who escaped from Washington Territory to freedom in Canada on the West's underground railroad. When James Tilton came to Washington Territory as surveyor-general in the 1850s he brought with his household young Charles Mitchell, a slave he had likely received as a wedding gift from a Maryland cousin. The story of Charlie's escape in 1860 on a steamer bound for Victoria and the help he received from free blacks reveals how national issues on the eve of the Civil War were also being played out in the West. Written with young adults in mind, the authors provide the historical context to understand the lives of both Mitchell and Tilton and the time in which the events took place. The biography explores issues of race, slavery, treason, and secession in Washington Territory, making it both a valuable resource for teachers and a fascinating story for readers of all ages.

Finding Dorothy

Finding Dorothy
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2019-02-26
ISBN 10: 1529403421
ISBN 13: 9781529403428
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Finding Dorothy Book Review:

'A captivating and insightful backstage pass into a timeless classic' Candis Behind the most famous movie ever made is a tale of love, magic and one incredible woman Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband's masterpiece, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, for the screen, Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to visit the set. Nineteen years after Frank's passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book - because she's the only one left who knows its secrets... But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of 'Over the Rainbow', Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her rebellious youth as a suffragette's daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired his famous work. With the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her - the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy. This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud. 'Maud's life behind-the-scenes and the making of the film are uncovered in a thrilling, magical way' My Weekly

The Butter Man

The Butter Man
Author: Elizabeth Alalou,Elizabeth And Ali Alalou
Publsiher: Charlesbridge
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2011-07-01
ISBN 10: 1607341174
ISBN 13: 9781607341178
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Butter Man Book Review:

Nora waits hungrily for her mother to return from work and her father to finish preparing dinner. To pass the time, her Baba tells her abotu his childhood in Morocco and a much longer and hungrier wait for his father to bring back food during the famine.

Chosen by a Horse

Chosen by a Horse
Author: Susan Richards
Publsiher: Constable
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2009-06-01
ISBN 10: 1849011664
ISBN 13: 9781849011662
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chosen by a Horse Book Review:

When she agrees to take on one of the abused horses just rescued by the local SPCA, a new chapter opens in Susan Richards's difficult life. She lost her mother at the age of five and was raised by uncaring relatives; she married unhappily and divorced; and she'd been an alcoholic. Now, at the age of forty-three, she lives with three horses who keep her company: the diva-like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot. While trying to capture another horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susan's horse trailer of her own volition. When Susan agrees to take her, she begins to forge a special, healing relationship that alters her life. Poignant and evocative, this is a book for anyone who has ever loved a horse, and for everyone who has ever lost a loved one.

The Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told

The Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told
Author: Steven D. Price
Publsiher: Lyons Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2004-05
ISBN 10: 9781592280117
ISBN 13: 1592280110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told Book Review:

The most memorable horse tales ever written about great riders, great horses, and great equestrian adventures.

Stronger Than Steel

Stronger Than Steel
Author: Bridget Heos
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 79
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0547681267
ISBN 13: 9780547681269
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stronger Than Steel Book Review:

An introduction to the field of genetics is told through the story of Randy Lewis and his work with golden orb weaver spiders as well as his subsequent creation of artificial spider silk that can be used to save and improve lives. 20,000 first printing.

Half a Life

Half a Life
Author: Darin Strauss
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-05-31
ISBN 10: 0679643826
ISBN 13: 9780679643821
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Half a Life Book Review:

In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death. With piercing insight and stark prose, Darin Strauss leads us on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey—graduating high school, going away to college, starting his writing career, falling in love with his future wife, becoming a father. Along the way, he takes a hard look at loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and, at last, acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force. Look for special features inside, including an interview with Colum McCann.