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A Horse Called Wonder (Thoroughbred #1)

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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.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 15th 1991 by HarperEntertainment (first published 1991)
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Tara Lynn
I've always been a horse crazy person. As a horse crazy little girl with little actual access to horses (I grew up in the city,) most of my horse love centered around any horse fiction that I could get my hands on. I discovered the Thoroughbred series at around 11 or 12 during one of the school book fairs, and became hooked. The story focuses (for the first 6 or 7 books, at least) around a young girl of 11 or 12 who works to save a horse named Wonder. Through her love and total devotion, Wonder...more
Shelly
Apr 06, 2008 Shelly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shelly by: My friends
Good book. Not... more like GREAT BOOK!!! It's a little slow at first, then as you get more toward the middle, you can't put it down! Actually, the whole series is like that. I'm now reading the 6th one, and is soooooo good.
Haley
This book was about Ashleigh Griffen, a young girl who just moved from her old family stable, Edgarwood, to a much larger racehorse stable called Townsend Acres. Her family had been breeding Thoroughbred horses for racing when a horrible disease went though the horses and killed many. Now the family is hoping for a new start by becoming breeding managers at Townsend Acres.

Ashleigh is unhappy about moving until she discovers Wonder, a small, sickly filly expected to die. Ashleigh fights to take c...more
Michelle
This may have been the one book that started my horse obsession. As a young teen, the library became my favorite place to go. I found this book by accident, and the rest is history. I read the first three in the series and was forced to stop because it was all the library had. One day while I was in there, the librarian pointed out an entire box full of the series, left by a Mom whose daughter grew out of the horse stage. I read the entire series in just a few weeks and bought as many as I could...more
Ashley
Oh this book! I LOVED this entire series when I was around 7 or 8 eight years old, and I continued reading them until I was about 11 or 12 (it was up to #50-something by then, I think). I don't have my copies any more but I am tempted to buy the first few again just for sentimental reasons. This book and the next two or three about Ashleigh and Wonder are probably still the best of the bunch, but the whole series is pretty cute. I've ridden all my life (hunter/jumper for the past ten years) and...more
Lissa
May 10, 2012 Lissa added it
Shelves: 2012
Indulging my inner child.

Wonder has a snip on her nose, not a blaze! This cover is wrong. Minutely, but wrong. LOL!

I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more when I was a child. Because, obviously, that's the age range it's appealing to. I was horse mad and devoured everything with a pony on the cover.

The best thing about this book is probably the wish fulfilment angle. I reckon a lot of young horse-crazy girls would love the idea of living in Ashleigh's shoes and raising their very own f...more
Wendy
I liked this a lot the first time I read it as a youngster, but it suffers on re-readings. Particularly as an adult--I know it's aimed at kids, but the best in children's literature is usually enjoyable for adults as well--I thought it was not...great. It was just okay.

The writing is simplistic, as one would expect from a kids' book. I might go so far as to say too much so, like the author doesn't expect children to be able to understand words longer than five letters, or complex sentence struct...more
Rena Sherwood
The reasonably good beginning to what would ultimately become a Nancy-Drew type crap young adult series. Only the first five books in the series (apparently written by Campbell) are any good -- the rest is warmed-over rehash of the first five books. The Thoroughbred series was eventually written by a conglomeration of ghostwriters. Although some young adult series are entertaining for adults to read, I found the Thoroughbred series (from book 6 onwards) to be staggeringly tedious.
Cori
After a disease wiped out her family's breeding farm, Ashleigh Griffen swore she would never care about another horse again. When her family relocated as breeding managers at Townsend Acres, Ashleigh fell in love with a small foal named Wonder. No one but Ashleigh thinks the sickly foal will survive, so with love and care, Ashleigh does her best to prove them all wrong. This book was simply heartfelt and touching as I read how Ashleigh helped Wonder with the odds against her. It strengthened my...more
Stefanie
I LOVED this book! Take an eleven year old girl, a sick little filly and you get a sweet, realistic, and heartwarming story! I loved Ashleigh's tenacity and determination to save the filly she loves even when nobody had faith in her becoming anything but a mediocre broodmare. Stories like this should be everywhere, there's no violence, nothing inappropriate, and the story moves along like your watching a movie, I hope someone decides to make the entire Thoroughbred book series into a t.v. series...more
Sarah
I remember when my mom first gave me this book, I was a devoted Pony Pals reader and this book was way too long! I read the first chapter and thought it wasn't ever going to end... It sat on my nightstand for quite some time before I picked it up again and read it straight through. Boy, was I glad I did. Every time we went to the mall after that, I would grab another Thoroughbred book or two from Waldenbooks. For a couple years I collected them up to number 23 when it became harder to find them...more
Mara
This is pretty much the one Thoroughbred book that demands five stars. Giving it anything less hardly seems possible, although realistically it's probably worth just over four stars given that it moves slowly and falls into a monotony that can only be expected when the plot revolves around saving a sickly foal.

Ashleigh is what can only be described as a typical horse story main character, only she's got more emotional backstory than most. Her parents have lost almost everything due to a virus t...more
Tina
When I was younger, I absolutely loved these books! I had my nose stuck in them all the time, and they really fueled my love of reading. I recently decided that since I loved them so much as a kid, I wanted to reread them now. I bought the first 7 books on Amazon and jumped right in when they were delivered. These books are as good as I remember. Ashleigh is a very stubborn and smart young girl who just wants to save a sick foal. She nurtures Wonder every day in hope that Wonder will continue to...more
stephanie
are these books out of print??! why is there no cover?

man, this was one of the formative series of my childhood, and i couldn't WAIT for the next book to come out.

this is the story of a girl who loses her best friend (her horse, stardust), and ends up working at another farm. things aren't looking good until a sick foal is born, one that will breathe life into ashleigh, the farm, and everyone around her.

totally cheesy in that perfect way, this is a great read for a kid who loves animals, much...more
Kinsey
I thought this book was amazing. It definitely had a lot relatable scenes throughout the book!! Being around horses all the time I could really understand how everyone was feeling in the beginning. The end was a real joyous ending to see how far everything has come with Wonder. Cant wait to read the next book!! If you are considering reading this book definitely do it you will love it !!
Maira
Wonder Horse is a story about how a former slave, Bill Key from the 1800's had such a passion for animals and grew up to be a vet who wanted to teach others the importance of kindness to animals. Not only that, but how his horse, Jim Key was educated through kindness. Bill or "Doc" taught Jim to read, identify primary colors,math and much more. He then held an event to show people all that Jim knew. When they saw all Jim could do they believed it was all a hoax. After professors from Harvard Uni...more
Elizabeth
Read this book at about age 11 or 12 when I was just starting horseback riding lessons and I couldn't get enough of the whole series. Started my horse crazy phase and SO wanted to have the life of the protagonist.
Jessica
This book was incredible. There are 72 books in this series and I read them all. They were very amazing. It made me enjoy horses more. I love this book. I read it at least 10 times over.
Kim Burean
Ashleigh is a 6th grader whose family has recently lost their horse farm. Ashleigh's parents go to work as breeders at the prominent Townsend Acres, but she is having a hard time adjusting to moving and having to leave her beloved horse, Stardust. She quickly makes a bond with an older horse, Holly, who is expecting a foal soon. When the foal is born early and small, Ashleigh puts all her energy into nursing it along.

This introduction to the Thoroughbred series would be enjoyable for 4-8th grad...more
Ashlee Hyden kiser
Every little girl should have this book on her shelf. Thoroughbred is a wonderful series, but this book sets the stage for the books to come, and makes every little girl want to go out and clean stalls, then saddle up to run through the woods. It's getting harder to find this series at chain bookstores, so when you do find it, buy several copies to keep on hand as gifts for any young girls in your life. Each of the volumes by Campbell are well worth reading, but once the new authors take over, t...more
Stevie
I remember, even as a 12 year old, thinking the horse names were a little cheezy, and this one farm's unparalled success in the racing world was a little lofty ... but, I was so glad it wasn't the Saddle Club! After exhausting Marguerite Henry and the My Friend Flicka stuff, these books specifically about Thoroughbreds were read in a day - as soon as they became available at the book store... then passed around the barn multiple times while we all daydreamed about baby horses, and a career where...more
Jill
A Horse Called Wonder is an amazing book full of love and care,I loved it!
Grace
This book is not exceptionally written. The story is not that plausible. Yet, Campbell creates a world in which I love to get lost. Anyone who loves horses and/or was that kid who spent all their time in the barn dreaming of becoming a champion rider, 9 or 99, will enjoy these stories. There is something so consoling about Ashleigh's love for horses, hard work, and dedication, that often I find myself picking up one of Campbell's books after a long day of work in the barn for comfort.
Set in a r...more
Virag
Hmm, close contender for my favorite series when I was 12 or younger. It is really long, 70+ books of which I read no more than 12. The first 10 were my favorite ones, but after that the same problems arose. I'm glad that the only characters I knew were the original ones - Asleigh and Samantha, and not the later girls. I actually did read No. 60 and 62 because I got them for free, but I did not like those at all.
Anyway, this was a good series, biut make sure you read the ones that the author (J...more
Janusch
I came across this book among my recommendations (yeah, that's what you get when you mark 'Black Beauty' as to read... lot's of horses in that list - sigh), and thought I recognised it. Indeed, I read this years ago, when I was still a little girl into horseback-riding. Having aged a little, I'm not quite sure what I'd think now, but gosh, did I love it back then. Apparently, this is the first of a long, long, LONG series, but I only read this first one. If the rest is similar, which I strongly...more
Taylor
Oct 15, 2014 Taylor added it
My favorite book of all time!
Kacy Reagan
Absolutely loved this series as a kid!
Teresa
This started out kinda slow and repetitive, but then once Wonder was born, it improved pretty dramatically. It's far from my favorite book, but I think it's the perfect book to give to young girls who love horses. Although I do wish that Ashleigh's parents had wanted her to at least get a B in math, rather than being fine with a C+, but that's only because I'm giving this to a girl I tutor, and I want her to aim higher for her own grades.
Maddux
I read most of this series when I was about 9 or 10. And I have to say that these books kick-started my love for reading.

I fell in love with these stories, especially being horse-centered. There was such a romantic feel to these books, a nostalgia that brings on that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Definitely recommend these for your horse-crazy kids.

I wish they were in eBook format. I'd probably revisit them.
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