Blind Horse Bluff

Author: Culverwell, C. Ellen

Subjects: Horses; Disabilities; Growing Up

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-88092-483-2

Order code: 4832

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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“Horses are just like people,” says Claire Westfield, otherwise known as The Horse Lady. Young Maggie Forrester, an orphan who lives with her grandfather, and Claire, who she helps in her work with abused horses, spend their summer at St. Michael’s, a facility for the blind and handicapped. Here they have to deal with damaged teens as well as horses.

They have students who have a variety of disabilities and who cope in a variety of ways. Most of them appreciate the activity and confidence that riding gives them. The exception is Jeremy, who is blind, privileged, emotionally deprived, resistant, and uncooperative. Claire has the idea that a blind horse could help him, especially if Jeremy is not aware that the horse is blind.

Everyone, including Claire and Maggie, has much to learn in this sequel to Ellen Culverwell’s first novel, The Horse Lady.

C. Ellen Culverwell and her daughter, Hayley, who designs the covers for the books, live on adjoining farms in northern New York. In her youth, Ellen was a competition rider but now is content to train her daughter in hunter/jumpers. Like the character of Maggie, her daughter Hayley lost her father when she was young. Mother and daughter used the rehabilitation of horses to bond and to fill a void in their lives.

Reviews:

"Blind Horse Bluff is a thoughtful, uplifting story, highly recommended for young adults." – Midwest Book Review

"Countless times I have seen the aftermath of what death, divorce, and custody hearings can do to both children and adults. I appreciate the way those situations are handled in Ms. Culverwell’s novels. The characters deal with them in a direct and positive manner. If there is one message I take from her work it is that family are the people who love you, not necessarily the ones you are related to." – Deborah A. Montesanti, former deputy sheriff serving also in community outreach programs

“Horses are just like people,” says Claire Westfield, otherwise known as The Horse Lady. Young Maggie Forrester, an orphan who lives with her grandfather, and Claire, who she helps in her work with abused horses, spend their summer at St. Michael’s, a facility for the blind and handicapped. Here they have to deal with damaged teens as well as horses.

They have students who have a variety of disabilities and who cope in a variety of ways. Most of them appreciate the activity and confidence that riding gives them. The exception is Jeremy, who is blind, privileged, emotionally deprived, resistant, and uncooperative. Claire has the idea that a blind horse could help him, especially if Jeremy is not aware that the horse is blind.

Everyone, including Claire and Maggie, has much to learn in this sequel to Ellen Culverwell’s first novel, The Horse Lady.

C. Ellen Culverwell and her daughter, Hayley, who designs the covers for the books, live on adjoining farms in northern New York. In her youth, Ellen was a competition rider but now is content to train her daughter in hunter/jumpers. Like the character of Maggie, her daughter Hayley lost her father when she was young. Mother and daughter used the rehabilitation of horses to bond and to fill a void in their lives.

Reviews:

"Blind Horse Bluff is a thoughtful, uplifting story, highly recommended for young adults." – Midwest Book Review

"Countless times I have seen the aftermath of what death, divorce, and custody hearings can do to both children and adults. I appreciate the way those situations are handled in Ms. Culverwell’s novels. The characters deal with them in a direct and positive manner. If there is one message I take from her work it is that family are the people who love you, not necessarily the ones you are related to." – Deborah A. Montesanti, former deputy sheriff serving also in community outreach programs

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