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Thoroughbred #1: A Horse Called Wonder [Paperback]

Joanna Campbell
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June 20 1991 Thoroughbred (Book 1)
Ashleigh wouldn't care about anything, ever again.

Ashleigh Griffen swore she'd never give her heart to another horse -- not after a terrible disease wiped out her family's breeding farm, along with Ashleigh's favorite mare, Stardust.

Now the Griffens are starting over as breeding managers at Townsend Acres, and Ashleigh's sure she is going to hate living there.

Then a small, sickly foal is born -- a beautiful copper filly that looks like Stardust. No one thinks the foal will live or that it's worth trying to save. No one but Ashleigh.

Can one girl's love alone work miracles?

Read Thoroughbred and experience the love and friendship between a determined girl and a very special filly.


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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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Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars How good is A Horse Called Wonder? Nov. 3 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A MIRICLE! April 6 2002
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST TB Book out there Sept. 20 2001
By Lydia
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 more
Published on June 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Series
All I can say is this, wonderful book, SUPER author, wonderful series.
P.S. Come back Joanna Campell!!
Published on March 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the worls's best series!
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 more
Published on Oct. 20 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the worlds best series!
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 more
Published on Oct. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Horse Called Wonder
Holly Has A weak foal. That No one but ashleigh beleves in.Ashleigh help the weak foal to helth.
Published on Aug. 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, inspiring, sad
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 more
Published on June 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is the Best Book Out There
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A sicly filly turns into a Champian!
This is a great book! Ashley falls in love with a filly no one believes she can make it,exept Ashley. Read more
Published on April 20 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS STARTED MY THOROUGHBRED CRAZE
A beautiful story--great for any horselover 9+! (I'm 12.) I JUST LOVE this book and am looking for more!! Read more
Published on March 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A horse called Wonder
This is a great book!! It's kind of sad but then it gets happier. This is a great book for horse lovers.
Published on Jan. 26 2003
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