Believing in Horses by Valerie Ormond


After her family moves to Maryland and her dad deploys to Afghanistan, Sadie gets a new young horse named Lucky who proves to be a handful—but all of that is just the beginning of the trouble in this young adult novel. Together, Sadie and Lucky encounter horse thieves, Maryland storms, and unwanted horses destined for auction and uncertain futures. Sadie makes it her personal mission to save these animals, meeting fellow people dedicated to rescuing horses along the way, while learning that others are driven only by greed

Sampling of Reviewer Comments

This is a beautifully told story of a young girl who embarks on an adventure to save unwanted horses. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and look forward to a sequel. I loved the photographs at the beginning of each chapter and I felt like I was right there with Sadie at every turn. I would definitely recommend this book for people of all ages who love horses, are from military families, have teenagers, have an interest in politics or just plain love a good story. And on top of being an emotionally beautiful story, it is educational too! Get yourself a copy…you won’t be disappointed! – L. Harrington

This book is not only entertaining and suspenseful, it is instructional for both children and adults! I really enjoyed reading the story and learning about issues related to horses. This story artfully weaves in some important skills for students: researching a topic, communicating with adults, e-mailing, and showing respect for others even though you may not agree with them. It is a great story about not dwelling on loneliness, becoming passionate about something, becoming an advocate, reaching out to others, making new friends, and helping animals – all things young readers will love! Young readers are very altruistic at heart and will really relate to the main character’s persistence and this story’s ultimate lesson in finding out that when you help others, you are helping yourself! – T. Bosworth

I truly loved the book! The explanations of training, riding and caring for the horses taught me a lot. I cried quite a bit as the plight of the horses and the dedication of Sadie turned a terrible plight into a cause for celebration! I intend to pass the book to my 13 year old niece and hope she will enjoy it as much as I have. Thank you for writing such a wonderful story! I can’t wait for the next book!Honor Rosar


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  1. Pingback: Valerie Ormond | Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog

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