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Abby Malone [Paperback]

Shelley Peterson
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Aug. 1 1999

Her first novel, Dancer, continues to be a Canadian bestseller and now Shelley Peterson brings you her eagerly-awaited second novel, Abby Malone. Abby is a young teenager striving to make things work out right. Animals -- a coyote, twin baby raccoons, a speedy bay mare named Moonlight Sonata -- are things she can handle, but the human world is a more confusing and dangerous place.

Abby Malone sits at her desk in a sweltering classroom in June and daydreams about the beautiful mare across the road. Before we know it, she's out the window, `borrowing' the mare and rounding up the neighbour's escaped cows, adding another black mark to her record of bad behaviour at school.

Things are not easy at home: an alcoholic mother and an incarcerated father add to her ever-present fear of eviction, yet Abby doggedly tries to make the best of every situation. `All my problems are with humans,' she tells her raccoons.

But not all humans are bad; Pete and Laura Pierson, the elderly farm couple who live beside the school, give her assistance, encouragement and support while Abby tackles a mystery, falls in love, and competes in a perilous steeplechase. This is a fast-paced story that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of heartache and personal triumph.


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`Abby Malone has a favourite dream in which she pictures herself on a beautiful little mare, winning the local Caledon steeplechase competition and being congratulated by her idol. In reality though, Abby's life couldn't be worse. Her father is imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, her family is out of money, and her mother has taken to drink. But Abby is not alone; with the caring attention of her elderly neighbours and her faithful pet coyote, she bravely faces life. Abby doggedly overcomes all obstacles, not only achieving her dream but reversing the family fortunes as well ...

`As in her first novel, Dancer (1996), Shelley Peterson tells a horse story and skilfully mixes elements of mystery, suspense, romance and family drama to create an exciting read. Although there is no doubt that there will be a happy ending, it is fun to find out how Abby will manage it. Young-adult readers will relate to Abby's passion as well as to her frustration with authority and the injustice that she experiences.

`... Abby Malone is written in the style of classic children's stories, with ... old-fashioned charm [that] is both endearing and enduring. This well-produced book is a ``must-have'' for all school and library collections. Highly recommended.'

(Canadian Book Review Annual)

`Abby Malone is a very likeable main character in very challenging circumstances, but occasionally displays human weaknesses that make her more believable. She lives in a world of both peers and adults all too willing to put her down. She is so likeable that naturally she does have at least one good friend her own age and attracts the protection of some kindly older adults. Not only are horses key characters, but so also is a coyote and to a lesser degree other animals.'

(The Rider)

`Obviously an animal-lover, Peterson writes with warmth and understanding of animals and their emotions and of those who are able to respond to them. In doing so, she has designed a compelling and suspenseful story that is difficult to set aside once it is begun. And in her title character, Abby Malone, Peterson has fashioned a bewitching young girl whose intelligence and resilience do justice to this tautly woven tale. ...

`Sprightly Abby Malone has a charm reminiscent of L.M. Montgomery's young girls, of such intrepid problem-solvers as Jane of Lantern Hill and Sara Stanley of The Story Girl and The Golden Road. She combines an adventurous spirit with sensitivity, common sense and a good degree of feisty courage. Abby is a memorable character, well drawn by Peterson, whose knowledge of young people and animals is noteworthy.'

(London Free Press)

`...This is a story that will inspire any reader, young or not, and would make a great gift or prize.'

(Horse Action International)

`Former Londoner Shelley Peterson is a writer of exceptional talent.'

(London Free Press)

About the Author

Shelley Peterson was born in London, Ontario. She appeared there in her first theatrical production, Pinocchio, at the Grand Theatre at the age of ten. Her professional acting career began at the age of nineteen with a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. Since then she has played over a hundred roles on television, in film and on the stage.

Shelley Peterson was educated at the Banff School of Fine Arts, at Dalhousie and at the University of Western Ontario. She has had a lifelong love for animals, big and small, and horses in particular. Her trilogy of books about girls and their love affairs and adventures with horses has been enjoyed and praised.


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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Dancer! July 21 2000
By Alex
Format:Paperback
I loved Dancer, and as soon as I saw Abby Malone hit the shelves I knew I had to get it. Abby is a girl who, unlike Mousie, the heroine of Dancer, doesn't own her dream horse. She has her eye on Moonlight Sonata, a beautiful mare, and is lucky enough to get the chance to ride her, after a very interesting incident. A more real life novel, Abby has to deal with serious problems, like an alcohalic mother, and a father in jail for a crime she beleives he didn't do. I loved the action and suspense, and truly felt Abby's emotions as she dealt with cruel reality. Once again, Ms. Peterson has written a fabulous novel, and think animal lovers everywhere will love Abby Malone as much as I do. It was a great touch to have Mousie 'drop by' in it, now soon-to-bemarried to her love from Dancer. I hope Ms. Peterson gives us another novel as fabulous as Abby Malone and Dancer, but in the meantime I'll have to be content re-reading them over and over and over. I know I'll never get tired of the excitement and thrill these books bring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Fiction Nov. 11 2000
Format:Paperback
With Dancer, Shelley Peterson launched herself as a wonderful young adult fiction writer. She wrote a timely and beautiful tale about a girl and her horse, about love and humanity.
With Abby Malone, she surpasses herself tenfold. While it remains an excellent piece of young adult fiction, Peterson has created a timeless classic, appealing to all age levels. As is nearly impossible in an optimistic manner, she deals with the darker sides of humanity, with deception and betrayal, all the while maintaining a gripping plot that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. As a 25-year-old literature lover, I am not ashamed to classify Abby Malone among my favorite all time books, across all genres.
I can only wait to see what literary gift Peterson delivers us with her next work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTICAL Dec 10 2002
Format:Paperback
This book as soon as I read thefirst chapeter had me. It is filled with excitement, adventure and real life problems. I think that dancer is more of a real life fairytale but abby malone has her ups and downs and it has a great ending. You also get to know the characters through the book and there is a great twist. It is also kind of a mystery and of course it has that touch of romance, which is not in the book all the time. It kind of just comes into it now and then. But readers of this book will find themselves taken away in th life of abby, (thats my name too!!!) and the mare that she rides Moonlight Sonata.
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