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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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Danielle It's more for kids than teens - if you know a horse-crazy girl of about 8 or 9, this would be perfect for them. It's in a similar vein to The Saddle…moreIt's more for kids than teens - if you know a horse-crazy girl of about 8 or 9, this would be perfect for them. It's in a similar vein to The Saddle Club and books like that. There isn't any romance until about the fourth or fifth book, if I'm remembering correctly.(less)
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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
Michelle
Jun 09, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses, favorites
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
Shelly
Apr 06, 2008 Shelly rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2011 Haley rated it really liked it
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
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Ashley
Apr 21, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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
Wendy
Sep 30, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok
Shelves: horses-fiction
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
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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
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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 to 10) to be staggeringly tedious. I stopped buying ...more
Jes (RebelReads)
2016: still one of the best horse series for kids. still my favorite.

2015: Ahhh, such a flashback to the past. I was wondering if these would stand up to the test of time for me and it sure did. Ashleigh is such a fighter, reminds me of how determined I used to be with horses. It may have even brought back a bit too many memories. I grew up riding at a big barn and it was me and four other girls that formed a bit of a posse. The girl I was closest to and I would read these books and talk about t
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Cori
Dec 02, 2012 Cori rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2011 Stefanie rated it it was amazing
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
Kristine Hansen
Oct 01, 2016 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-horses
This is one of those books that I'd had for years and only just now got around to reading. The frustrating part...? Now I want to read the rest of the series and have just realized the challenge involved in tracking them all down. It's going to be a lot of work!

I loved Ashleigh. I loved her dedication in working with the foal, and the reality of how the story is portrayed. Honestly, before having a foal of my own to tend, I might have questioned more here. I think of course there's a lot of 'wor
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Elora Cook
Sep 28, 2016 Elora Cook rated it it was amazing
I used to be OBSESSED with any horse book and the Thoroughbred books were a huge part of it. I loved this first one and the second, but fell away from the series a few more books in, because of it's sway away from the first main characters. Maybe if I was older reading them it wouldn't have mattered as much.
Either way, this first book really helped to let the 10-year-old Elora fantasize about her own farm & horse.
Sarah
Aug 11, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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
Tina
Dec 04, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing
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
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Kaetlyn
Oct 17, 2016 Kaetlyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I like that Asliegh finds a new horse like her old one Stardust. I don't like that they had to move from their farm to a different one they didn't own. I like that she gets to name a new born foal WONDER. I like that Asliegh starts to like the new farm they are living on. I also like that she helps the foal get big and strong.

Asliegh family moves to another farm to help over there. They cannot go back to their farm, and that makes Asliegh sad. Soon she befriends a horse like her old one on the
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Kim Burean
Jun 22, 2012 Kim Burean rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic, youth
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
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Ashlee Hyden kiser
Mar 07, 2013 Ashlee Hyden kiser rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Janusch
Aug 16, 2013 Janusch rated it really liked it
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
Stevie
Feb 14, 2013 Stevie rated it really liked it
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
Virag
May 18, 2011 Virag rated it it was amazing
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
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Maddux
Jun 06, 2012 Maddux rated it it was amazing
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.
Teresa
May 12, 2013 Teresa rated it liked it
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.
Amanda
Jan 07, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This series was my childhood! I remember my dad would take me to a bookstore downtown about once a week and we'd order the next few books in the series because I'd read one book in the series every few days. I think I ended up getting up to book sixty-ish before I sort of grew out of it, but these books are PERFECT for any horse crazy little girl :)
Kinsey
Sep 03, 2014 Kinsey rated it it was amazing
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 !!
Rochelle
Sep 24, 2008 Rochelle rated it liked it
Not bad. I read another of Joanna Campbell's books when I was a kid and I think it was better. I was really disappointed that the protagonist could not keep up her grades in Math. Bringing home a D report card is pretty bad in the sixth grade.

If my mom buys me #2 in the series I will probably read it.
Hayleehudson
Jun 17, 2014 Hayleehudson rated it really liked it
As a horse lover, I scooped this book up and took it home ASAP. Within moments I read it all and was scrounging around for the sequel.

Of course... It had its flaws. The book was NOT well written. Not to mention the plot was a bit cliche. There wasn't much of a twist in the story- but it'll do.

As for now, I'm on the fourth book.
Jill
Oct 28, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
I admit it, I still read the books I read when I was younger. I even go and read the later books in the series that weren't out yet when I was originally reading it. This is one of those, and I love every minute of it, even when the later books get so horribly, cringeworthy, terrible...I love them all.
Sgg
Jun 06, 2015 Sgg rated it it was amazing
I finished this book around second or third grade. I was really really really into horses at the time (I still am now) and since I was looking for something I could read long term, this book series was perfect. I remember being completely in love with these books and look back on them now with a continued sense of wonder and appreciation.
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