Jan 1, 2008

Requests

We at the Whitebrook Farm Blog strive to review every Thoroughbred Series and Ashleigh Series book in print, however we're not above taking requests for books outside of Thoroughbred. If you want to see a post about a book, we will try to do so, but there are no guarantees. Post your horsey fiction requests here.

(Make sure to check the MASTER LIST of stuff we've already reviewed first!)

84 comments:

Molly (formerly anonymous) said...

Yeah, well, y'all were dumb enough to mention the request thread, so prepared to be INCREDIBLY ANNOYED as I throw the title of every horse book ever written at you guys :)

Off the top of my head, though

If Wishes Were Horses - Virginia Vail

Battlecry Forever! - Joanna Campbell

Star of Shadowbrook Farm - I believe this was another of Joanna Campbell's, but I can't recall off the top of my head.

Keeping Barney - Jessie Haas

Riding Academy series - Alison Hart

The Palomino - Virginia Vail (hell, if you can FIND a copy of this? I'll buy it for twice what you paid. It seems to have disappeared. Except, strangely, for the copy I found in the mental ward at St. Vincent's hospital when I was locked in there a few years back.)

A Summer of Horses - I think this one was by Carol Fenner

Horse Crazy series - Virginia Vail


Anyway, just some of my favorites, should they spark any fond memories :)

Claire said...

Star of Shadowbrook Farm and Battlecry Forever have both already been reviewed. I do have a copy of The Palomino, but it's so awful I've been putting off reviewing it. Now that I know there's a demand, I'll move it up in the queue :D

Claire said...

...Except for Star of Shadowbrook Farm hasn't been reviewed? I'm confused. Regardless, Battlecry Forever has.

Mara said...

Battlecry Forever! is definitely reviewed. Star of Shadowbrook Farm I do have a copy of, and I remember the Horse Crazy series. Oh, I'm definitely going to find that one.

sundae-mourning said...

i second "Keeping Barney"! and its sequel, "A Horse Like Barney" or something like that. i'd also love to see The Golden Filly and High Hurdles series if you can stomach the God loving, anything by Jean Slaughter Doty, "Indian Paint" and "A Horse For XYZ" which is one of my most favorite horse books of all time.

Monique said...

oooh! I am halfway through Star of Shadowbrook Farm, so expect a review soon!

Lei said...

I tackled Book 1 of The Golden Filly books. I *think* I have book 3 of the High Hurdles series.

I could put in a request for them, since they'd be an inter-library loan. I'd just have to find my library card, and hope the damn library doesn't lose it again (skeeves me out because it's happened twice, and the book is gone, and they blame me. Idiots!)

Narmowen said...

I'd love to hear some more about the Saddle Club Series.

Heather said...

This isn't so much a request, but...

You all have done such wonderful work with your reviews that I'm interested in you opinion: what are the most unnecessary angsty scenes in the Thoroughbred series? If you were to rewrite the series starting with book one, what would you change, while keeping the bare bones of the plotline? I'd love to hear what you all think.

My personal opinion. If Wonder was such a useless foal, what if Townsend had just given her to Ashleigh in the first book. Unrealistic, perhaps, but think of all the asinine WANGST that would have been avoided. It's as feisable as some Thoroughbred plotlines.

Kerry said...

Hello :)

I was going through my bookcase today, and I came across a book that I do not think you guys have reviewed yet. The book is Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton. I haven't read it in years, but when I read it, it seemed interesting.

Your reviews make me laugh!

~Kerry

Mara said...

@Heather:
I would have kept Wonder's career more realistic, first and foremost. I could never figure out what they were doing racing her against colts other than it provided the necessary drama with Brad...and while that drama was great it was mostly pointless in the long run. If Wonder had become a fairly successful runner against fillies Ashleigh still might have received her half share. I also would have killed Wonder's Pride in Pride's Last Race...what was he useful for after that book anyway?

After that, I'm pretty sure every issue in the series could have been improved on. Cindy could have been Beth's daughter, Wonder's Champion could proceed to not exist, etc.

It's a good question. I love hearing everyone's hypothetical plots. My biggest guilty pleasure, though, is a Thoroughbred Series where Ashleigh and Brad wind up together. It's so forbidden I want it more. ;)

Mara said...

@Kerry:

I have run across Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton in the library catalogs, and it has intrigued me enough that I keep reminding myself to pick it up. I will definitely put it on the list.

Glad you like the reviews! :)

Nienna (mask_and_mirror) said...

You guys, I absolutely love the reviews here. I was reading a couple the other day and laughing so loudly at my computer that my family thought I had gone insane. So, if I could request a couple:

The BEST horse racing romance I ever read: "Legends Lake" by JoAnn Ross. The actual horsey information in this book is so horribly wrong that it is a wonder to behold. Also, the description on Amazon says it's "a lovely blend of contemporary personal issues, Irish magic, and Kentucky horse racing," since you couldn't possibly be sick of Irish horse trainer stories yet. Mainly, I remember picking this up when I was 13 because I saw the horse on the cover and being shocked(!).

"Seastar, Orphan of Chincoteague" by Margeurite Henry. They SELL Misty! The pony that only ever loved them! I was full of righteous indignation when I read this at 11.

"Ride a Dark Horse" by Lynn Hall. This one I only ever found at my library, but it's kind of a cool horse racing mystery, as I recall.

...if nothing else, at least you'll be amused by these.

Claire said...

I totally call Ride a Dark Horse.

Caballos_Muchacha said...

Please review 'Wild Horse Summer', by Hope Ryden

AND\OR:

'Night Mare' by Vicki Kamida

Heather said...

A friend of mine just ordered the Saddle Club Season 1 for me, so if you like, I could write up a review once it gets here. I've seen a few scattered episodes, and it's alright for a kids show.

Anonymous said...

I highly suggest "Riding Lessons" and "Flying Changes" by Sara Gruen. She's the same author who wrote the amazing book (the truly, honestly amazing book) "Water for Elephants", but she started out with these two equestrian novels that were actually pretty good.

Molly said...

How about the Galloping Detective series? Seriously, did anyone but me ever read those? I loved them.

And if we're putting in Marguerite Henry requests, how about Born to Trot? That was always my favorite for some reason (sorry, Misty.)

Monique said...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253550/

watch this movie Mara. you know you want to!!!

Mara said...

@Monique:

Oh, man, Ready to Run has Jason Dohring in it? How did I miss this before? And, you know, for a movie I only watched once I can remember far too much of it. But yeah, I will make sure to review it. Just for you, Monique. :)

Kelsey said...

I would absolutely love it if one of you got the time to read The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag. I'm reading it right now and I keep thinking one of you would have the time of your life reviewing this.

There is also the prequel, Dark Horse, but I haven't, and won't be, reading it.

Anonymous said...

Have you guys ever considered reviewing the horse racing series "Wildfire"? It aired on ABC Family for 4 seasons, then was canceled. I don't believe they show reruns on the channel, but the first two seasons are available on DVD and the rest can be found on ABC Family's official site and also iTunes.

Mara said...

@Kelsey:
I've been pondering The Alibi Man for a while, and now I have it in my possession. Look out for a review soon. :)

@Anon:
I've been trying to get a library copy of Wildfire for a while, but it's in repair. Such is life. So now I'm resorting to Netflix. Wildfire will see some reviews come November.

clrottge said...

The Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice. Much fodder for snarkiness!

cate said...

Dancer, Abby Malone, Stagestruck, Sundancer, all of which are by Shelley Peterson. Note: the only place I have found these is in Canada.

Mara said...

@cate:
Easily obtained! I've got Sundancer in the house, and the other three are on their way now.

miserychick2602 said...

Have you considered the Silver Brumby books by Elyne Mitchell? They're not too bad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Brumby This has a list, but I think a 10 year old fangirl has written the whole page.

Anonymous said...

Hey~.

I love the reviews you do, and was wondering if you could review:

I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade - Diane Lee Wilson

I read this a long time ago when I was in middle school and really liked it.

Malone said...

Well off the top of my head I can think of a few books.

Stealing Thunder-Mary Casanova
This was a book fair find and the main character could easily be another version of Christina but with a horse stealing Cindy mixed in.

Best Friends Series-Maggie Dana
There's only four of those but the list of them can be found here:
http://www.maggiedana.com/html/horse-books.html

They're out of print and I discovered them at the library in elementary school seven years ago. So they might be hard to find.

Schatzi said...

I must demand Can I Get There by Candlelight, a horse book I inherited from my older sister. And Misty books, of course.

Anonymous said...

Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead

hauntedvixen said...

I'm waiting for reviews of the new Canterwood Crest books. I'm reading number 4 now - and it's pretty bad. Lots of "you're posting on the wrong lead" and "OMG my ex-BFF and ex-BF are TOTALLY an item." Please review so I can get my giggle on.

Natalie said...

If it's possible, could you try and review some of these.

Ruffian: Burning from the Start - Jane Schwart

The Snow Pony -Alison Lester

Yeah, that's all I can think of at the moment.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

In the Thoroughbred series,

Stars Inspiration and Bridal Dreams.

Anonymous said...

Could you do a review on "Rider in the Dark" by Victoria Holmes? It's sitting on my bookshelf, but it's seriously been a long time. I vaguely remember liking it...

Anyways, I love reading these reviews and it would be interesting to see what your opinion on it is.

Daqu said...

Can you review On The Run by Iris Johansen? :D

KayBee said...

Just some that come to mind, some good, some really good, and some fairly decent:

Bluegrass - Borden Deal
The Perfect Distance - Kim Ablon Whitney
Green Grass of Wyoming - Mary O'Hara
Flambards - K. M. Peyton
The Far Distant Oxus - Katharine Hull and Pamela Whitlock
Summer Pony - Jean Slaughter Doty
Impossible Charlie - Barbara Morgenroth
When I Dream I Hear Hoofbeats - Jesse Colt
Shadow Horse - Alison Hart
Wild Girl - Patricia Reilly Giff
Abby Malone and Stagestruck - Shelley Peterson
Black Storm Comin' and Firehorse - Diane Lee Wilson
Man O' War - Page Cooper and Roger L. Treat (and/or the novelization by Walter Farley)

Also, some of my friends have really enjoyed the Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island series, and the Chestnut Hill, Horsefeathers, Canterwood Crest, and Winnie the Horse Gentler books.

Movies: Running Free, The Man from Snowy River and Return to Snowy River, National Velvet, Moondance Alexander, Blue Fire Lady, Dreamer, Sylvester, Touching Wild Horses, The Derby Stallion, Thicker Than Water, Two Bits & Pepper, The Horse Whisperer...White Mane and Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.

Sorry that was so long. I didn't realize how long it actually was until after I was done. Hope you don't mind.=(

Anonymous said...

Could you possibly review
Ruffian, Burning from the Start - Jane Schwartz. I know it isn't fiction, but I really love it, and I would like to read about your thoughts on it.

KayBee said...

I second that. It really is a great book. I actually cried. And, according to my bestie Z, I have an official Heart of Stone, so I'm guessing that's a big deal?

Anonymous said...

How about Alyssa Brugman's "For Sale or Swap".
I think she also has quite a few more pony books but I have only read this one. They may be a little Australian for some but...
As for film, how about "The Silver Brumby" with a young Russell Crowe :)

The Warden said...

The Pony Pals series. 30-something (I think) books about girls. And their ponies.

Anonymous said...

@KayBee Are you talking to me? Cos if you are, I almost cried when Frank said "I ain't got nothing to go there for".

Natalie said...

How about 'Bow Down Shadrach" by Joy Cowley?

Anonymous said...

please, please, PLEASE review the Unicorns of Balinor series by Mary Stanton. I know you reviewed one of her books recently and weren't impressed, but these books shaped my childhood! I would love to hear your snark on them.

muffin said...

Please review some of the Riding Academy series..! :D Also, I think i'd be pretty funny to see you guys do some reviews of the Pony Pals series, too.

On another note, I really adore this blog- especially where i've recently taken to re-reading the TB series, myself. :)

Meg said...

There's a book about a talking horse for younger kids that had me laughing out loud. It's called Casey, the Utterly Impossible Horse by Anita MacRae Feagles. It was published around the same time as some of the Saddle Club books in 1989.

Zenyatta said...

How about....

The Morgan Horse series?? I am DIEING for those books to be reviewed... I happen to love them, :P

The books in the series:

Blackjack,
Frosty
Rusty
Robin
Annie

I don't know if there are any more... but please review them!

Maggie said...

I would really love to see the original Black Stallion series gone over. I saw some of the television show (or all, I'm not sure) had been done, but not the books. Pretty please?

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to hear more about the
the Saddle Club.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, I love your site!

This morning, I was asked to recommend some horse books for a third grader--anything that "really meant something to [me]." Came up with a couple off the top of my head, but one in particular I wanted to recall and couldn't, and after much annoying googling, came across it here: The Sweet Running Filly. So, thanks for reminding me. Also, hysterical review!

Anyway, onto the requests. I've read the Master List like five times because I can't believe my eyes... have you really not done the Marguerite Henry books?! Misty of Chincoteague, to start with? (Also recall loving Stormy, Misty's Foal.) You must have read those books as a kid, though, right?

One you may have missed, but the first book that pops into my head as a childhood favorite (not even necessarily horse related): A Horse Called Mystery. You must get your paws on this book! It is awesome! Okay, I haven't read it in twenty years, but I'm telling you, it's gooood. Marjorie Reynolds wrote it. Great cover, too!

-Kristin

Anonymous said...

How about Black Beauty and the Black Stallion books?!

Anonymous said...

How about The Little Red Riding Book by Jonathan Boudin? It's meant for younger kids, and is a neat stoery that is full of fun learning about horses.

Shari said...

Has anyone come across a book set in New Zealand, YA, entitled SUMMER OF DREAMING?
Shari

Torey said...

Just out of curiosity, have you ever considered doing Ruby Ferguson's "Jill" books? An older friend let me borrow Jill's Gymkhana once and I freaking loved it.

Stacie said...

I just read two of these recently.
, and by Michele Scott. They are an adult series. The 'Saddled' book involves horses more then "Tacked". You might have some clever things to say about these books! Very quick reads.

BTW. Keep this site going! I really enjoy it. I'm 31 and I still read the TB and Saddle Club series.

coulrophobic agnostic said...

http://www.marshahubler.com/contact.html
I love Christian horse fiction - probably because it's rarely if ever written well - and I think this woman could be the next Lauraine Snelling! Hehe.

hauntedvixen said...

I just finished reading a young adult book called Chancey of Maury River that was actually really really good. I can't think of a single sarcastic thing to say about it, which is rare for me :) It's a story told from the horse's POV, and while it's overly sentimental, it is well worth a read. I'd love to see a review of it. As incentive, you get to experience magic girl love from the horse's view point :) And speaking of horse POV, how about War Horse? That was another really good YA read.

Stacie said...

My book titles didn't show up on my post from the 20th of May. Anyway. Here they are again.

Tacked to Death, Saddled with Trouble and Death Reins In. Have fun with these. All three are short reads.

Anonymous said...

Ruby ferguson and the Jill series-they are quite old books but are REALLY good!
and also don't forget all the new zealand writers! what about pony club rivals (stacy gregg) and the white cloud sttion series (by trudy nicholson)
they are both alright series, a bit predictable, but still an amusing read.
and also the great australian series the silver brumby (book series and movie too)
and also the movie man from snowy river

Anonymous said...

ooo chancey (gigi amateau)
its not bad ;)

Anonymous said...

books by patricia leitch
they are old but good
and also the A Circuit....i dodn't enjoy it very much, but it's still a horse book

Nicole T said...

Pony Pals series by Jeanne Betancourt

Anonymous said...

yeah chancey is alright-just tat the horse is albino-i don't think this is possible. there is no such thing as an alive albino horse...they all die at birth and it is not possible for the genetics or something....
any way
High Fences: Julie WHite
and
Kaimanawa Princess
and pony club rivals

Anonymous said...

You HAVE to review THE CUP, an Australian movie that came out about, well, the cup. The Melbourne cup. Its basically about "Damien Oliver (jockey)'s emotional journey to win the Melbourne cup on Media Puzzle a week after his brother Jason died. Enjoy.

Morgan Lindsey said...

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say how DISAPPOINTED I am with this blog. I came to it, looking for other people who like the Thoroughbred series and all I see is terrible reviews from people who obviously know nothing about horse book for pre-teens/teens. One word for this blog-pathetic

RiiverHeightsFangirl said...

There are still a few TB books left to review!!! PLEASE review #64, the Price of Fame. It is sooooooo awful! :)

Maggie said...

Um, love this blog! Who didn't want Ashleigh and Brad to end up together?? Who didn't think Cindy was the most annoying fictional character ever written?? I could go on and on! Totally reliving the books while I read your reviews!

I don't really have a request for a review but a question, do y'all know any other sites worth checking out? In particular any fanfic sites?

Again, so glad I found this site - I will definitely be keeping up with it!

Anonymous said...

I haven't been by in the better part of a year...no good reason; just fell out of the blogger habit. Anyway, I'm reading the first Chestnut Hill book and I'm pretty impressed with it so far. It has the usual mean girl, but the rest of the characters are pretty normal. And the main character (at least for this one; I think it's an alternating POV series) is awesome to me in that she comes to this boarding school thinking she's a hot shit rider, but it turns out she's no better than anyone else there. Instead of being humbled so far, she remains frustrated and sarcastic. I actually kind of love it. I'm so tired of the "untrained girl with natural talent coming out her ass!" trope, or even the "I think I'm awesome, but I'm not actually THAT awesome, so I learn a lesson and become humble and meek and a better rider for it!" thing. I don't know. She reacts to things like an actual teenager would, and I like it.

It's written by the chick who did Heartland, so I wasn't expecting much, but this is so far a pleasant surprise and one you guys might want to check out. Of course, I'm not done yet, so it could still start to suck.

The author has one quirk that bugs me, though. EVERY SINGLE HORSE MENTIONED IS A DIFFERENT COLOR. I think so far we've seen a paint, a "pure gray," a dapple gray, a buckskin, a dun (gotta be honest I can't tell you what the dif is there), a palomino,a bay and a blue roan. If this were a western stable or even a general riding stable I might not notice, but elite jumpers? Mostly some shade of brown, with the occasional gray tossed in there.

Iantha Desdemone said...

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

Anonymous said...

Scorpio Races

Anonymous said...

Christina's Shining Star! I read it when I was 10. It took me, like, 50 tries to get through it because it was so bad. Haha.
Also, you guys should do My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara, because it's a classic :P

Morgan Bee said...

I just finished reading The Dressage Chronicles and it was actually fantastic! Would love to get your take on it. I could probably even get you an e-book of it if you'd like. Please review it! :)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Dressage-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B005AX8HX4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Anonymous said...

Hey, I would love to suggest some books...

-the rest of the Canterwood Crest series.. They get worse and worse as the series drags on

-A Horse to Remember. I think you all would get a kick outta that.

Anonymous said...

Could you please review :
The Eighty-Dollar Champion-Elizabeth Letts
Thanks!:)

L.Williams said...

The Riding Academy books by Alison Hart!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you're still taking requests, but have you seen the movie Breaking Free (1995)? It's got some wackado shenanigans in it: brooding teen, blind girl, a horse named Ghost...

Ria Selvaggio said...

A review was posted for Barbara Van Tuyl's Bonnie books and I wanted to let you know that she has written another book. Book 6 of the Bonnie books series, "A Special Kind of Courage", will be coming out ::fingers crossed:: this week. You can find updates on Barbara's OFFICIAL site at http://www.thebonniebooks.com Thank you all for your devotion to the series over the years, looking forward to bringing you more!

E said...

Thoroughbred #70, please!!! It's the only one that hasn't been done!! I love this site!

Anonymous said...

"A Horse By Any Other Name, Jenny Hughes" and "Pieces of Blue" by Kerry McGinnis. And I don't think this blog is pathetic, I think that whining and being rude while remaining anonymous is though. I think this blog is fair, where praise is deserved, it's given. Some books just suck :p Thanks guys for a great blog


Anonymous said...

If you're looking for e-books, do Ann Hunter's "Born To Run." It's a new series trying to start up and I'd honestly love to see you guys rip it apart...

Kate said...

Happy to provide copies of my e-books if you want to review, I will brace myself for any criticism you want to throw my way ;)

I have 3 full length novels out with another coming in a couple of weeks and am just starting a short series as well:

Books are:
"Dare to Dream" & its sequel "Dream On"

"Flying Changes" and its sequel "Against the Clock" (out Apr 19th)

"First Fence" and it has upcoming sequels too, hopefully the first of those will be out by the end of April but I do have to find time to write it yet!

http://www.amazon.com/Kate-Lattey/e/B0065G24JI for more on the books.

Flick me an email nzponywriter at gmail.com if you're interested.

Shadowhawke said...

Dorothy Lynns books..
Golden sovereign midnight moon silver birch and a slew of others.
The black stallion books.... All of them. :)


Sydney said...

Hi, I just published my first horse book, and it's a fantasy romance. A girl falls in love with a man who thinks like a horse. Here's the trailer if you're interested! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kctLsKC6H8g

I'd love to share the story with you. :)