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Thoroughbred #1: A Horse Called Wonder Paperback – Aug 15 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (Aug. 15 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061061204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061061202
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.2 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Joanna Campbell appears here with her six-year-old Thoroughbred, Meyersville Magic, known around the barn as CC. He's a son of Horatius out of Northwich by Timothy's Champ and is owned by Cathy Day. Formerly trained for racing, he is now being trained for eventing. Last Year he was the Maine Entry Level Champion in Combined Training.

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FROM THE FRONT PORCH OF HER NEW HOME, ASHLEIGH GRIFFEN looked out to the rolling pastures and white-fenced paddocks of Townsend Acres. Read the first page
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A Horse Called Wonder is the first book in the Thoroughbred series, created by Joanna Campbell wrote herself. As of spring 2003, the series has grown to 57 titles, 4 super editions, three reissues, and a spin-off Ashleigh series, which makes the original 14 books and 2 super editions even more precious. Most loyal readers agree that Joanna Campbell, as the original author and creater, was the best. She created real situations with flawed but likable characters.
From the very beginning Ashleigh is both stubborn and determined, but also painfully loving. It isn't much of a surprise that she's afraid to love any horse ever again - she's 12 when this series begins, which means that she's had to face a lot of death very early in life. Later books tend to forget what a strong bond Ashleigh and Wonder had - simply because of Ashleigh's initial resistance to getting close to a horse.
Ashleigh also makes us laugh - her complete disinterest in her appearance, which becomes a stronger theme as she gets older, and her absolute hatred of math, which many people will sympathize with. No one ever blames her for wanting to spend all her time with Wonder, instead of doing boring math problems at her desk.
Ashleigh fights hard to save Wonder - first from influenza, then from being sold because she's too small and weak. The love between them is so strong and so well-written. And yet we are also reminded, many times, that this is NOT Ashleigh's farm and NOT Ashleigh's horse, which makes it very scary when it looks like Wonder might be sold.
As with all good books, the story doesn't end here - there are still fears. What if Wonder doesn't train well? What if she doesn't race well? Okay, so Townsend decided to keep her at the farm for another year - but what if ...?
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Ashleigh and her family move to Townsend Acres. Ashleigh is scared to get close to another horse after losing her horse Stardust. She eventually gets involved with a mare named Holly. She is the mares groom. Then Holly has a foal. It is born, but it has no strength. That is the beginning of a hard journey. The owner of the farm (which is Mr.Townsend)has a son and his son is a brat, but Ashleigh doesn't give up. They decide to name the filly Ashleigh's Wonder. Then Wonder starts to get better and can stand. Wonder got to go out in the pasture with Holly a few times. Then Wonder gets sick. Charlie Burke helps Ashleigh nurse the filly back to health. Then Mr.Townsend picks the fillys and colts that he is going to keep. He was going to send Wonder to auction, but Ashleigh overheard and begged him to give her time with the filly to make her good enough to be kept. Mr.Townsend gives her a month. Ashleigh and Charlie bring Wonder on long walks to get her conditioned. When Mr.Townsend looks at her in a month he says they will keep her!!!
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Ashleigh Griffen moved to Townsend Acres when her little family breeding farm, Edgardale, was swept by a deadly virs. At Edgardale Ashleigh had a specil horse, Stardust. Ashleigh had to sell Stardust when she moved to Townsend Acrces, and she swore she'll never get attached to another horse! That was before she met Holly. Holly was a beatuiful Thoroughbred just like Stardust. Holly was also a retired race horse, now used for breeding, and was due to have a foal soon. Ashleigh felt drawn to Holly right away.
Soon Holly had her foal. It turned out to be a filly. But the filly wasn't strong, but instead was weak. Everyone thought the filly would die, everyone but Ashleigh. Ashleigh was determend to save the foal because it was Hollys foal, Hollys filly. Ashleigh, and a retired trainer, Charlie, worked on the filly. The filly was still under height but she was stronger.
Soon everyone started calling the filling Ashleigh's Wonder, and so the name stuck, WONDER. Mr. Townsend the owner of Townsend Acres was surportive, but his son Brad wasn't. Brad was a BIG pain to Ashleigh. Brad hated Wonder, and hated Ashleigh, and Ashleigh hated him! And what really kills Ashleigh is that her older sister, Caroline, has the biggest crush on Brad, infact almost all the girls in Ashleigh's class has a crush on him.
Soon Wonder grows to be one years old, and Mr.Townsend is planning to sell her! Ashleigh knows Wonder is smaller than the older yearlings, but Wonder is still strong. Ashleigh rushies to tell Charlie. Charlie, and Ashleigh decides to take Wonder on long walks to build up her muscles.
One day Caorline told Ashleigh that she's dating BRAD!
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I have owned, read and loved the TB series for many years, now at 18 I decided to go back and read my old favorites, the first of course is this book. It couldn't have come at more of an emotional time for me since my own horse, a 3yr old paint filly just recently came down sick. I could total understand where Ashleigh was coming from, and feel her pain and worry at the thought of her beloved filly being in harms way. I have read most of the books in the series and I would have to say I enjoyed the books about Ashleigh and Sammy the most. Cindy kind of bothered me some, she was kind of rapped up into herself and didn't have as much common sense as the other two did, but I didn't hate her. I just think the series kind of started to go down hill after she was introduced. I also think when Joanna stopped being the main writer of the series it also started to go downhill. The first few TB books were definetly good and were written in the same writing style. You can tell she knows what she is talking about and that she does truly care for horses. Some of the other writers didn't seem to know as much or put as much effort into the later books. Well that is about it. I definetly recommend this book and the next 10 or 15 books to follow. Also the diaries and special editions are quite good and I recommend those also.
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