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A spine-tingling adventure with as many twists and turns as a steeplechase course. "The Jagged Circle is full of suspense and a perfect book for horse lovers." - Amber Marshall, equestrian and star of CBC's Heartland It's spring break and Evangeline Gibb is bored, stuck at her Gran Mary's farm mucking stalls while her friends are away on vacation. She decides to spend the time training her horse, Kazzam, to ride cross-country to compete in the March Madness Steeplechase. But everything changes when Evie takes Kazzam for a gallop through the woods and makes a grisly discovery. In a hoof-pounding race against time, Evie and her heroic horse team up to solve a mystery that involves, murder and deception, her troubled stepsister, a circle of runaway teen girls, and long-hidden truths about her family.
A troubled girl and a damaged horse find each other, and against all odds - mistaken identity, abandonment, corruption, and fraud - make an unbeatable team. His name is Sundancer, and from the moment he arrives at Saddle Creek Farm, Bird is fascinated by him. The horse is suspicious and guarded, touchy, and even cruel. Bird's Aunt Hannah calls him "unrideable," and Bird has to admit that Sundancer might be trouble. But Bird, whose mother left her to be raised by her aunt halfway across the country, is a bit of trouble herself. How else would you describe a girl who hasn't spoken since she was six, and hears things no one else can hear - like the thoughts of the animals she befriends? Sundancer is a wounded horse with a story he's not ready to share. Bird starts to feel like, maybe, they aren't so different, and maybe she needs him as much as he needs her. Will she be able to reach him before it's too late?
Romance and the supernatural mingle with uncontrolled dark ambition, and Abby - with the help of her extraordinary horse, Dancer - must put a stop to it before her entire community is destroyed. Champion showjumper Dancer needs a new rider for the upcoming Grand Invitational, and Abby Malone is delighted to be chosen. It's a dream come true, and she can hardly wait to get started. However, it turns out that Abby and Dancer may have some unexpected - and dangerous - hurdles to jump. The community is staging a play in the old converted barn, and as strange events begin to occur, Abby soon discovers something about the theatre is not quite right. Is she imagining things? Or is someone out to get her?
Death, deception, discrimination, and cruelty to horses confront Bird as she uncovers the secrets of her past. When nefarious and inhumane acts shake the horse show world, the lives of horses are thrown into peril. Bird's ability to communicate with animals leads her to work with an undercover RCMP officer. Together, they - and Bird's extraordinary horse, Sundancer - must bring the perpetrators to justice. But while Bird struggles to rescue horses in the night, there are mysteries closer to her heart that still need investigating. As her family is on the verge of falling to pieces, secrets from the past surface, revealing shocking truths about who she really is and why she possesses her remarkable gift.
CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2016) - Commended 2016 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Selection A teen girl's quest to find her mother leads her to the big city, and gives her the courage to fulfill her dream of becoming a jockey. Evangeline "Evie" Gibb lives a seemingly charmed life on a thoroughbred racehorse farm. But in reality, Evie feels alone in the world, cheered only by the affection of a racehorse named No Justice. She's always been told that her mother, Angela Parson, is dead. Then, on her sixteenth birthday, a card arrives from her great aunt Mary with the suggestion that Angela might still be alive - and Evie's life is turned upside down. In hopes of winning enough money to leave her hateful father and find her mother, Evie enters the Caledon Horse Race. But something she overhears her father say changes everything, and Evie steals the racehorse in the night and runs away. With a stray dog named Magpie at her side and help from Aunt Mary, Evie unearths long-hidden family secrets, finds unexpected love, and takes the racing world by storm.
Bird returns to Saddle Creek and her beloved horse Sunny for Christmas. Bird always dreads Christmas. For as long as she could remember, her mother Eva goes into a tailspin of selfishness and drama as the holiday approaches. This one will be no different, as Bird is once again dumped at Saddle Creek Farm with her Aunt Hannah while Eva parties. At midnight on Christmas Eve, in the midst of an ice storm, Cody (the loyal coyote) alerts Bird that elderly Laura Pierson is in danger down the road. Bird mounts her champion show jumper Sundancer, and with Cody they head out to save her. The family's plans change because of the storm, but everyone finally gathers for Christmas dinner. Then, while the after-dinner bonfire burns, a Christmas miracle unfolds, but at great cost to a loved one. In Christmas at Saddle Creek, Bird beholds the magic of the universe and the circle of life, and learns the true meaning of Christmas.
Summer vacation has finally started, and Bird is looking forward to an extended stay with her Aunt Hannah at Saddle Creek Farm. But before she can settle into a normal routine of riding Sunny and preparing for shows, the community is thrown into chaos. A neighbourhood woman is brutally attacked on a local side road, and when the police don't act fast enough to satisfy the demand for justice, the situation goes from bad to worse - with neighbour accusing neighbour, and a bent-on-revenge vigilante group springing up to take matters into their own hands. Although she starts by observing the fuss from the sidelines, Bird quickly finds herself embroiled in the mystery. Who had reason to attack Sandra Hall? Does the strange man Bird and Sunny met in the woods have something to do with the crime? And how does her grandfather's reappearance fit into the picture? As Bird struggles to get to the bottom of the mystery, she learns more than she bargained for about her community, her past, and human nature.
Her first novel, "Dancer," continues to be a Canadian bestseller and now Shelley Peterson brings you her eagerly-awaited second novel, "Abby Malone." Abby is a young teenager striving to make things work out right. Animals - a coyote, twin baby raccoons, a speedy bay mare named Moonlight Sonata - are things she can handle, but the human world is a more confusing and dangerous place.
Abby Malone sits at her desk in a sweltering classroom in June and daydreams about the beautiful mare across the road. Before we know it, she's out the window, borrowing' the mare and rounding up the neighbour's escaped cows, adding another black mark to her record of bad behaviour at school.
Things are not easy at home: an alcoholic mother and an incarcerated father add to her ever-present fear of eviction, yet Abby doggedly tries to make the best of every situation. All my problems are with humans, ' she tells her raccoons.
But not all humans are bad; Pete and Laura Pierson, the elderly farm couple who live beside the school, give her assistance, encouragement and support while Abby tackles a mystery, falls in love, and competes in a perilous steeplechase. This is a fast-paced story that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of heartache and personal triumph.
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