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Shadow Horse (Shadow Horse #1)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  1,562 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Horses + mystery + rescuing abused animals = a triple crown of perpetually popular preteen genres!

Thirteen-year-old Jasmine is found guilty of assaulting Hugh Robicheaux, the owner of the horse farm where she works. But she's still determined to prove that Robicheaux killed Whirlwind, the mare she loved. Jas is sure that Shadow Horse, a scrawny brown gelding she rescues at
Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 27th 2001 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 2001)
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Rebecca McNutt
May 22, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting much from this book at first, but Shadow Horse turned out to be a fast-paced middle grade mystery with likeable characters, interesting vocabulary and vibrant imagery. Definitely a great book for kids and I highly recommend it.
Feb 24, 2009 Shealyn rated it it was amazing
i loved this book the most out of all the books i have read this one is my favorite. i loved it when she found out that horse she had was a horse that she thought had died . settings : human society and a barn summary : after assaulting the owner of a horses farm she worked at she got sent to juvenile jail for about 2 to3 years there I think . she went on to live with her grand father but she found out that she had to go live with someone different she had to be at a adoption home because her gr ...more
Sarah Parker
Dec 23, 2008 Sarah Parker rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
loved it but didn't like ending they didnt solve the mystery
Nov 12, 2013 Chelsea rated it really liked it

“She was a flash of gold as she cantered around the ring. Ears pricked, neck arched, she moved like a movie star in the spotlight as she sailed over the last fence. Landing smoothly she slowed to a trot in front of the crowd, tossing her mane as if to say ‘Wasn’t I great?’ / Because she was great. She was the most beautiful horse in the world. / But now she was dead.” (Hart #6) Jas’ life was torn apart that day they found Whirlwinds body, dead in the pasture with remanence of poisonous yew bran
Oct 01, 2015 Abby rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I really liked this book because it was about horses. This book also taught me that having a horse isn't always about showing them and getting the blue ribbon, it's about your feelings toward them.

Plot Summary:
In the beginning of this book Hugh killed his horse Whirlwind, and had blamed Jas’s grandfather. While he was getting blamed for killing a horse he had a stroke and fell. Jas got mad and ran at him with a hoof pick and slashed his cheek with it. Jas ended up going to J
Sep 13, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
They were on their way to bringing home a blue ribbon in the National Hunter Division class when 13-year-old Jasmine Schuler found her favorite mare, Whirlwind, lying dead in her pasture. Now she must face the inside of a courtroom and juvenile hall. No one will believe the true side of the story; that she only attacked the owner of High Meadows Farm because he had poisoned Whirlwind on purpose. But Hugh Robicheaux never loses. Jas knows that, but she never gives up. When Jas is pronounced guil ...more
Olivia Hochstadt
Apr 03, 2012 Olivia Hochstadt rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-quarter
Do you think it's fair if you are put into a Juvenile Detention Center for hitting someone after he killed your beloved prize-winning horse? Neither does 13-year-old Jasmine Schuler. Jas had a horse. A beautiful winning horse named Whirlwind. She rode at a very high-class riding barn and went to fancy horse shows each week. That was until her horse was killed. The stunning Whirlwind was murdered. The only person who would do such a thing would be Hugh Robiceaux, the owner of Jas's riding barn. T ...more
Oct 22, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-own-read
This book was originally written in 1999 and it definitely reminded me of the simpler, sweeter YA that I used to read. Even the packaging of the story is like the slim, 250 page YA books of that time. There's nothing over the top in the book, and it's a nice, refreshing change of pace from today's dystopians, and tear-jerker contemporaries.

The heroine, Jas, is 13, so it's probably suited to a young YA audience or the older middle grade reader.

The mystery is nice and I sure didn't see where it wa
Sep 12, 2014 Oceane rated it liked it
I greatly enjoyed the topic of this book, but found it lacking in word choice and such. Being 14 years old and an accelerated reader, I was quite disappointed upon finding that the author's style of writing wasn't as eloquent as I would have liked. There were also some elements in the story that were unbelievable — why would he hint towards Aladdin? How was her foster mother right there at the right time? Sadly, I can't give this book a 5 star review, but I felt it portrayed relationships betwee ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Sami rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves animals
Shelves: must-read-again
This is without a doubt one of my favorite books out there! I've read it so many times and I can relate to the main character so well. I have horses and I would do anything to protect the baby I love...
..Ticket To My Heart..
Jan 02, 2009 ..Ticket To My Heart.. rated it it was amazing
Jasmine's favorite is poisened.She get mad and attacks someone with a hoofpick.It is a good mystery for mystery lovers and a book for horse lovers. like me!
Jan 13, 2014 Solange rated it it was amazing
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Jan 03, 2017 Alexis rated it liked it
Taylor Geare
Oct 10, 2014 Taylor Geare rated it really liked it
Jas sits on a hard wooden bench, struggling in the cold metal cuffs that chain her hands together. She listens reluctantly to those called to the stand, refusing to say a word as she glares into the back of Hugh's head. Her Grandfather taken from her, her favorite horse dead, and now the threat of being taken to juvenile prison? What could possibly go wrong next. She finds out quickly. Instead of being sentenced to sit in the slammer, she is sent away to Second Chance Farms with a foster Mother. ...more
Oct 28, 2010 Clare rated it it was amazing
Jas Schuler loved her horse Whirlwind more than anything. So, when she went out to ride her, and found her lying dead in the paddock, she was shocked....moreJas Schuler loved her horse Whirlwind more than anything. So, when she went out to ride her, and found her lying dead in the paddock, she was shocked. Whirlwind died of poisoning,but she knew that her grandfather who also took care of the barns grounds cleaning would have seen the deadly yew,and gotten rid of it. So, the only other one to b ...more
Jul 16, 2012 Miquaelia rated it really liked it
I loved it. Although it was a bit predictable. Once 'Shaddow'came along you could kind of guess that it was all a fraud but it was a really good book and i really enjoyed reading it.

I can relate to this book because i find it very hard to trust people too but there is always that one person you know you can count on.

'Jas' is a 13 year old girl who is horse crazy. She is an amazing rider and was going to go far in her riding career on her favorite horse but when the mare gets poisoned and died,
Abby Rowe
Jan 03, 2015 Abby Rowe rated it it was amazing
Loved It!

To be honest I first picked up this book in the library and read the back thinking that if it had a horse on the cover I would like it, wrong. At that point in my reading I was not one for violence in books that concerend animals mainly horses. But after a while I went back grabbed the book off the shelf and checked it out hoping I was making the right decision on reading it. Now that I look back at it I am glad that I did. A mystery in disguise this one can deal with multiple changes o
Jan 27, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Jas Schular loves her horse Whirlwind more than anything in the entire world. Her love for that horse surely surpasses what every other equestrian feels. Then one day, all of that is torn away from her when she finds her horse dead. Whirlwind was poisoned, but her grandfather must have caught the deadly plant and extinguished its being. Jas would bet her life on the fact that one man in particular was out to get her beloved horse and break her fragile heart. This book is a heart warming story ab ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book starting at 8pm and finishing at 10:30pm, not putting it down once except to brush my teeth. It was amazing.

Jam packed with heart-wrenching and eye flushing moments, "Shadow Horse" has the perfect amount of suspense, romance, and horses. An ideal and wonderful book for me. I am so excited to start Hart's next book in the series, Whirlwind.

This was a marvelous book and I recommend it to any horse or mystery novel lover.
Miriam Cook
Sep 10, 2015 Miriam Cook rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. I was at first skeptical when starting the book and the first chapter really confused me but I kept reading and continued. The main character Jasmine was hard to like for me and first but then she started to blossom and open up. Once I finished the book I could not wait to read the next one. This book is great for all kids of any age is was not to hard to read and any horse person would be touched by the main character, Jasmine's, determination.
May 02, 2012 Bailey rated it really liked it
the perfect blend of mystery and horses, two of my favorite things!! I love this book because it's not normal. i mean, she's a criminal living on a horse-rescue farm. it really adds a different aspect to the book. this book really gets you hooked, and you don't really have to be into horses to love it. if you read Shadow Horse, be sure to read its sequel, Whirlwind. love, love, love this book!! awesome! :)
Feb 04, 2016 Jas rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I mean, it's totally ideal for a person who LOVES horses and... likes...romance. Yes, romance. It is not adult romance. It is the kind of romance you would love to read about. If you don't know what kind of romance I am talking about, then you should probably read it. Just READ IT!!!!!!!! The book is really awsome. I might make a summary about it. This book is PERFECT for book tests. And just if you like or LOVE to read like me. Just read the book. Trust me.
Stephanie A.
Jul 22, 2012 Stephanie A. rated it liked it
Doesn't necessarily hold up over time, but I loved this a lot when I was closer to the age of the main character. I can see why it's got an award stamped on the cover. It's a good introduction to the concept of non-Thoroughbred horse auctions/horse rescues and (view spoiler), and features a plucky temporary-foster kid who loves horses more than anything.
Nov 29, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved the book. It had a good mystery behind it because Jas knew that Hugh had done it she just wasn't sure how. It is a good thing that Alison Hart wrote a second book to the series, Whirlwind, because otherwise the book would have had a bad ending because they don't completely figure it out. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes horses and/or is looking for a good mystery.
I read this book in elementary school, fourth grade or something, I think, and I remember loving it! I don't know what made me think of it again, but I decided to look it up and here it is! I should read it again someday, but all I remember right now is that I checked it out at least three times from our library :D
Sep 24, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses
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Donald Scarborough
Great Read!

I gave this book 5 stars. It is well written and keeps you guessing. I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to reading the next book. I think anyone who likes horses and a good mystery will like this book.
Jun 23, 2012 Bailey rated it it was amazing
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Annie J
Aug 20, 2014 Annie J rated it it was amazing
This is honestly one if the best books I've ever read!!! I read it a couple years ago and have read it at least 4 times since!!! This is the perfect book for horse loving mystery readers!!! This book is one of my favorites and I would strongly recommend this book to anyone that will listen!!!
This would be a 3.5. Pretty sure I read this twice, neither recently. The first time I really liked it. Original for a horse book in that it includes a girl charged with a crime. I think I was a little less impressed the second time.
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Alison Hart is a pseudonym for writer Alice Leonhardt

A Virginia author of over twenty mysteries and historical fiction novels for children and teens, loves “writing books that keep young readers glued to the pages.” At the age of seven she wrote, illustrated and self-published The Wild Dog, a book which she shows to readers to make the point that it is never too early to be an author.
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“That night, Jas wore the only dress she owned.It was made of soft,clingy fabric.The skirt was short, showing off her now tan and muscular legs.When she came down the steps barefoot,Chase's eyes widened in surprise. "Um...what happened to your jeans?" he asked.
"Never mind." Linking her arm with his,she steered him away from the kitchen door."Is Danvers here?"
"In the kitchen standing very close to Miss Hahn,tasting spaghetti sauce."
"Okay.Here's the plan." she lowered her voice."Call him into the living room for something. I'll run up and get the album."
Chase nodded his head with utmost seriousness"And I'll drop the salad."
"Right." He was bent slightly to hear her and without warning, he suddenly angled his head and kissed her. When he pulled back, he was grinning like a little kid."Sorry.I couldn't help myself. It's all this intrigue."
"Right it's the intrigue," Jas repeated, too surprised to say anything else. Her heart was beating like a drum, and when he went into the kitchen, she thumped up the steps, touching her lips. Thinking to herself "Did he really just kiss me?"...........”
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