Apr 23, 2009

I am going to be so busy this year...

Lots of stuff to look forward to, guys! Take a look:

  • Fans of Alison Hart's Shadow Horse can rest easy -- a sequel, entitled Whirlwind, is in the works and scheduled for release next year.
  • Chris Platt also has a new book -- Storm Chaser -- set for release on October 1. No summary yet, but by the looks of the cover I wouldn't be surprised if this is somehow related to Moon Shadow.

  • Bug Boy by Eric Luper: It is the summer of 1934, and even at the height of the Great Depression, money is no object for the socialites at posh Saratoga Race Course. The trouble is times are tough for everyone else, especially penniless track workers like fifteenyear- old Jack Walsh. When Jack suddenly graduates from exercise rider to apprentice jockey, or bug boy, he is an overnight sensation. Success brings him all sorts of attention, including that of a brainy blond beauty who is more involved with the gritty underbelly of the track than she lets on and a vicious thug who presses Jack to break his code as a jockey for a payoff that could solve all his family’s problems. Set amid the rough backstretch of Thoroughbred racing, this edge-of-your-saddle read follows the course of a young athlete whose rise to glory in the most popular sport in America is accompanied by ever-increasing pressure to do something that could leave him trampled in the dirt. (July 21)
  • Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff: Lidie lives in Jales, Brazil, where she’s free to ride, to be a wild girl, and to dream of going to live with her father and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Finally Lidie is 12—time to leave Brazil for New York. Meanwhile, a filly is born and begins her journey to a new home. As Lidie’s story unfolds, so does the filly’s. Lidie’s father runs a stable at a famous race track, and Rafael is training to be a jockey. As much as they want to make Lidie feel welcome, they still think of her as the little girl they left behind. They don’t even know what a strong rider she is, and that she’s determined to befriend and ride the wild filly her father has just bought: Wild Girl. (September 2009)
  • The Silver Brumby Series by Elyne Mitchell finally arrives as what looks like a giant omnibus in June. I have a feeling this will be an audio book.
  • Homestretch by Paul Volponi: A runaway boy with nothing finds everything he needs, including a family, in the most unlikely of places--at a racetrack. (September 22)
  • The Golden Filly by Lauraine Snelling is being republished as two collections. (Oct. 1)
  • The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley: Jane Smiley makes her debut for young readers in this stirring novel set on a California horse ranch in the 1960s. Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt has always been more at ease with horses than with people. Her father insists they call all the mares “Jewel” and all the geldings “George” and warns Abby not to get attached: the horses are there to be sold. But with all the stress at school (the Big Four have turned against Abby and her friends) and home (her brother Danny is gone—for good, it seems—and now Daddy won’t speak his name), Abby seeks refuge with the Georges and the Jewels. But there’s one gelding on her family’s farm that gives her no end of trouble: the horse who won’t meet her gaze, the horse who bucks her right off every chance he gets, the horse her father makes her ride and train, every day. She calls him the Ornery George. (September 8)


sundae_mourning said...

i am so excited over the Shadow Horse sequel that i don't even know how to describe it. i love that book. love it. i hope the sequel is just as good.

Molly said...

Alison Hart is still writing? I had no idea. I haven't read anything of hers since the Riding Academy series, which really was pretty decent.

Monique said...

Molly, she wrote much of the Melanie and Image books under a pseudonym, Alice Leonhart. Or was it Alison? Either or, she's written plenty since the Riding Academy abortions.

Molly said...

Ha, really? I had no idea that was her!

But then, I liked Riding Academy. As a kid, anyway. I have them now, and...yeesh, not as good as I remembered, though not terrible. Just boring.