Thoroughbred #1: A Horse Called Wonder Paperback – Aug 15 1991
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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 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 ...?Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I absolutely LOVE this book!!!!!!!!! It's definately the best book in the thoroughbred series! I mean, when I first got this book, I read through it in one day. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
All I can say is this, wonderful book, SUPER author, wonderful series.
P.S. Come back Joanna Campell!!
Oh my gosh this was SO good! It was about Ashleigh Griffen, a 12 year old, who's parents breeding farm is destroyed by a virus. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003
Oh my gosh this was SO good! It was about Ashleigh Griffen, a 12 year old, who's parents breeding farm is destroyed by a virus. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003
Holly Has A weak foal. That No one but ashleigh beleves in.Ashleigh help the weak foal to helth.Published on Aug. 26 2003
Ashleigh Griffen does not want to get close to a horse after a virus wipes out her family's breeding farm and seperates her from her horse, Stardust. Read morePublished on June 15 2003
You will love this exciting book about Holly's foal wonder. I could not put the book down when reading this book. It is just wonderful book. Cannot wait to read the second one.Published on May 5 2003
This is a great book! Ashley falls in love with a filly no one believes she can make it,exept Ashley. Read morePublished on April 20 2003
A beautiful story--great for any horselover 9+! (I'm 12.) I JUST LOVE this book and am looking for more!! Read morePublished on March 13 2003