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Raising the Bar #9 [Paperback]

Lauraine Snelling
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Aug. 15 1999 High Hurdles (Book 9)
DJ Randall Draws Ever Closer to Her Olympic Dream

Against difficult odds, D.J. Randall has discovered God's plan in her life and started her quest for Olympic gold. A terrific role-model and inspiration if you ever wanted to tackle a dream, D.J. faces real-life issues that you'll recognize while remaining determined and faithful throughout. In Raising the Bar, she faced with an obstacle that seems to big for even her to overcome.

Summer has arrived and DJ is enjoying her vacation fully. Only it's not totally a vacation. Every day she's off to Briones Rising Academy to train with Herndon. That that he's her horse she struggling to learn his habits and tricks. After some early frustration she begins to miss her old horse Major and wonders if she and Herndon will ever have that same connection.

Two weeks at the U.S. Equestrian Team training camp, however, appears to answer her questions. The pair are making solid progress. When the return home, a mysterious fire threatens not only their growing bond but the safety of all the horses in the barn. DJ most overcome a deep, secret fear to be able to save her horse.


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"Raising the Bar is a good reading experience for preteen girls, especially horse lovers." -- Parent Life, January 2001

About the Author

Lauraine Snelling is an award winning author of over 30 books, both fiction and non fiction for adults and young adults. She has two horse series for young teen girls, the GOLDEN FILLY SERIES which is completed and HIGH HURDLES. Lauraine is also the author of the popular RED RIVER OF THE NORTH series set in North Dakota in the past part of the 19th century. The Bjorklund brothers bring their families from Norway to begin a new life on the land they will turn from prairie to fertile farms.

Besides writing both books and articles, Lauraine teaches at writer's conferences across the country and has an active speaking career. She and husband Wayne have two grown sons, four grand dogs and live in the country where Lauraine can garden, sew, do crafts, cross stitch, enjoy her birds and eventually have a horse again.

size : 5.2 x 7.5

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that raises the bar on young adult novels Sept. 11 2001
Format:Paperback
When DJ is forced to become used to a new mount, Herndon, after her beloved Major is injured and can no longer show with her, DJ isn't sure she's up to the challenge. She has the opportunity to spend time at a USET (United States Equestrian Team) training camp though, and she feels she has made a connection with the horse she'd come to think of as even being snobby! Her quirky sense of humor comes through beautifully as she deals with showing up late for classes due to her coming from the other side of the country. Previously she'd been at an art school, and I loved that part of the story. DJ's ability to reach out and capture a moment and sketch it on paper is wonderfully defined by the author. The personality of the art teacher really shines through. DJ helping a homeless woman and her two cats is refreshing; I am sick of young adult novels about high-school girls chasing after "cute" guys. For once we have a character that is believable, caring, and puts real effort into everything she does. But here DJ must face her fear of fire. It was a theme that recurred often earlier in the series, and I'd wondered how Lauraine Snelling was going to lay it to rest. The answer: in a far more dramatic and enthralling way than I'd ever imagined. The burning barn, the sounds of frightened horses, and the ever-present choking smoke never seemed so real in any other barn fire I'd read about. This is a totally engrossing book, I read it in one day, like all the others in this fine series. I think everyone who ever dreamed of horses or believes in God should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, exciting book!!! Nov. 1 1999
Format:Paperback
DJ's summer is in full swing. Every day she heads to Riding Academy to train with Herndon. Now that Herndon belongs to her, DJ struggles through learning his habits and tricks. She misses the friendship she shared with Major and wonders if she and Herndon will ever connect in the same way. But after two weeks at the U.S. Equestrian Team's training camp, DJ finally feels they're making progress. They arrive home just in time for another show, but she's barely there when a midnight barn fire endangers Herndon and the other horses. Can DJ overcome her deep-seated fears in time to save her horse?
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5.0 out of 5 stars raising the challenge Nov. 21 1999
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Format:Paperback
In the ninth book of the High Hurdles series,Laurine Snellinghas giving DJ new discoveries and surprises!She shows DJ kindness inhelping a homeless woman,gives her the chance to spend the week with other kids at a USEcamp.Her greatest challenge of all,however,lies when her horse,Herndon,is caught in a barn fire and it is up to DJ to break through the barriers to save her horse!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, exciting book!!! Nov. 1 1999
By Jessica (jessica_saddleup@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
DJ's summer is in full swing. Every day she heads to Riding Academy to train with Herndon. Now that Herndon belongs to her, DJ struggles through learning his habits and tricks. She misses the friendship she shared with Major and wonders if she and Herndon will ever connect in the same way. But after two weeks at the U.S. Equestrian Team's training camp, DJ finally feels they're making progress. They arrive home just in time for another show, but she's barely there when a midnight barn fire endangers Herndon and the other horses. Can DJ overcome her deep-seated fears in time to save her horse?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raising the challenge Nov. 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the ninth book of the High Hurdles series,Laurine Snellinghas giving DJ new discoveries and surprises!She shows DJ kindness inhelping a homeless woman,gives her the chance to spend the week with other kids at a USEcamp.Her greatest challenge of all,however,lies when her horse,Herndon,is caught in a barn fire and it is up to DJ to break through the barriers to save her horse!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that raises the bar on young adult novels Sept. 11 2001
By Star Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When DJ is forced to become used to a new mount, Herndon, after her beloved Major is injured and can no longer show with her, DJ isn't sure she's up to the challenge. She has the opportunity to spend time at a USET (United States Equestrian Team) training camp though, and she feels she has made a connection with the horse she'd come to think of as even being snobby! Her quirky sense of humor comes through beautifully as she deals with showing up late for classes due to her coming from the other side of the country. Previously she'd been at an art school, and I loved that part of the story. DJ's ability to reach out and capture a moment and sketch it on paper is wonderfully defined by the author. The personality of the art teacher really shines through. DJ helping a homeless woman and her two cats is refreshing; I am sick of young adult novels about high-school girls chasing after "cute" guys. For once we have a character that is believable, caring, and puts real effort into everything she does. But here DJ must face her fear of fire. It was a theme that recurred often earlier in the series, and I'd wondered how Lauraine Snelling was going to lay it to rest. The answer: in a far more dramatic and enthralling way than I'd ever imagined. The burning barn, the sounds of frightened horses, and the ever-present choking smoke never seemed so real in any other barn fire I'd read about. This is a totally engrossing book, I read it in one day, like all the others in this fine series. I think everyone who ever dreamed of horses or believes in God should read this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Dec 10 2012
By In the Bookcase - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Another great book from the High Hurdles series. I enjoy learning about the training of horses, attempting for the Olympic equestrian team, plus the parts about DJ's artwork and business. A refreshing read, to say the least, and it all centers around God and prayer. Awesome.
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