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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  167 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Sometimes when things are broken you can't fix them on your own - no matter how hard you try. When Nell is sent to stay with distant family, she packs a suitcase full of secrets. A chance encounter with a wild horse draws Nell to Angel - a mysterious, troubled girl who is hiding secrets of her own. Both girls must learn to trust each other, if they are to save a hundred ho ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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Olive
Oct 20, 2014 Olive rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love horses and mysteries
Recommended to Olive by: A good friend
This book is about a girl named Nell. Nell loves to visit her loving nanna where she can play cards and watch TV all day. Nells mother has had to work ever since something happened to her dad. Every year Nells mother goes on a business trip and Nell gets to visit her fun loving nanna. Nells nanna can't watch Nell this year because she has had medical issues. When Nells mother tells her she will be going to the country with her aunt and two younger cousins, Gem and Alfie, she does not want to le ...more
Kate
Halfway through reading this short children's book, I lost it among the stacks and stacks of books in my apartment for about four weeks and wasn't really in any hurry to find and finish it. I think that says a lot about the kind of book it is - I enjoyed it, certainly, and I think the target audience will too. But in the end, the main character Nell failed to captivate me. I finished the book mostly to find out the resolution of her relationship with Angel, and to tie up the music box storyline, ...more
Betsy
This is really a bit of magical realism in the guise of realistic fiction. A book more about a young girl starting to "find herself" and her growing friendship with another lonely girl than it is about horses. It didn't grab me, and I'm trying to figure out why. Sometimes the writing felt slow, the pacing off a touch. I also got annoyed with the vernacular/bad grammar. Not a bad book, just not awesome.
Gaby
Eleven-year-old Nell has a very busy schedule during the school year with all her after school activities. There's drama club, math tutor, and swimming club to start. When she gets home, it seems like her mother is always working or on the phone or focused on something else. Nell was looking forward to spending her two weeks of Spring Break with her Nana just playing cards, talking, watching videos and tv. But a medical emergency causes a change of plan and Nell readies herself to spend her week ...more
Linnae
A story of an unlikely friendship, with just a bit of magical realism thrown in.

Nell is sent to live with her cousins for the summer who she barely knows. Once there, she is surprised by the freedom she experiences at the farm and how much she comes to care for the people, particularly Angel--a rebellious runaway who loves horses and Rita--a grieving widow who might be the only one who cares about Angel. That is, until Nell comes along.


It was okay, I just didn't connect with the characters on
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Susan P
11-year-old Nell is reluctantly shuttled off to her Aunt's for her two week school vacation. She's never met her aunt or cousins before, and doesn't know anything about living on a farm, so she isn't enthusiastic about this change in her usual schedule. But as it turns out, the farm is a wonderful place, and her aunt and little cousins soon make her feel at home. The only bad thing in a girl Nell's age named Angel, who steals something of Nell's and won't give it back. Under mysterious circumsta ...more
Rosalie
Nell has to spend her spring vacation on a farm with her aunt and 2 young cousins she has never met. All she brings with her is 2 suitcases; one with clothes and one with the parts to an old music box with 16 small painted horses that had once belonged to her father. Nell plans on putting the music box back together during her 2 week stay. Then she meets Angel, a strange runaway, who is the same age as Nell. Angel steals the suitcase with the music box and Nell is trying to find the mysterious g ...more
Ann Marie
I believe this is the second book by Sarah Lean I have read and once again she has hit her mark...it is an easy flowing read...I would recommend it for a middle school summer reading list...I would place it more in the girl read list as it is feminine...a story of getting to know yourself...Nell needs to learn how to trust herself...Angel needs to learn to trust others...Rita needs to see things past her husbands death and the mother needs to release her grip and confront the fact that her daugh ...more
Emily
Serendipity. This books is the best example of this word. As a book reviewer and school librarian, it has become all too easy for me to look at the cover of books and write them off immediately as juvenile crap. Clues that books are not worth my time: animals and pastel covers. I didn't pick this book to read at my last review group meeting. I always get excited to see what my colleagues choose for me when I miss a meeting. Well, Missy Naseman Rivera, you did a great job. I loved this story abou ...more
Melonie
I helped a friend pick out this book for his ten-year-old son. We didn't know if he would like it because it had a girl and a pony on the cover, but gave it a whirl anyway. When he finished reading it, he said, "That was the best book I've ever read." With that, I was curious. What made THIS book the best book ever for the little guy? I had to read it and find out for myself!

What a sweet, sweet book. This is a book about animals, friendship and dreams coming true. Complete with magic ponies, a b
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Jennifer
The novel A Hundred Horses, written by Sarah Lean, is a realistic fiction book about a girl finding herself through the act of friendship. Nell's parents split up recently and she is forced to spend her vacation with her aunt in the countryside. The only remains of her father are a leather suitcase filled with pieces to build a merry-go-round of horses. In the countryside Nell uncovers a secret of an old wives tale about the 100th horse. With the conflict of a girl named Angel she not only uncov ...more
Ashleyd
Grade 3-4th

Genre: Realistic Fiction w/ a bit of fantasy

Nell is a city girl who goes to visit her aunt and cousins in the country during her Easter vacation. There she meets a girl named Angel, a old neighbor named Rita, a horse named Bell and the magical 100th horse. Nell and Angel soon develop a friendship and realize that they are not as different as could be expected.

I liked A Dog named Homeless by Sarah Lean more than this novel. But it is an easy read and good for girls who love horses.
Rena Sherwood
A promising beginning soon spirals out of control. The narrator, supposedly 11 years old, talks like a middle-aged Psych professor. Also, the book's attempts to "Americanize" this English novel are laughable and distracting. There are some crucial plot points that are, quite frankly, bloody ridiculous. I admit that I'm an adult that likes to read kids' books every now and then for relaxation, but even as a kid I would have been disappointed with it.
Rureader
My teacher went to a conference where lots of authors spoke. After that, they gave her books that hadn't been published yet. We had a project and we each got one of the books (some of the books were from other years, so they were already published.) Anyways, I read the book and really liked it, even though it is for 3rd & 4th graders, because the text is big and there is easy vocabulary. Wrote a review and got an A. Overall, loved this book.
Stephanie A.
Angel was too much of a smug brat to stand, or this would have been 4 stars for my personal enjoyment. As it is, it comes A+++ recommended for children under 12 for the lovely setting, the sweetness of the storyline, the fact that Angel dashes around on a beautiful Gypsy Vanner (the most excellent horse breed to highlight), the mystique of the mechanical carousel (I don't even know what it looks like and I want one), the ending, and how every character other than Angel is lovely.
Becky
Nell is being brought up alone by her mother after her father ran off to the United States when she was a small child. She feels like her mother sends her to lots of after school activities just as a form of childcare.

She is looking forward to spending the Easter holidays with her grandmother but at the last minute the plans change and instead she has to go off into the countryside to stay with an aunt she barely knows and 2 young cousins. They live on a small holding and everything is alien to
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Mary
I thought this was going to be a book about a hundred horses. Little did I know that I would be reading about a new family being created, an existing family being reborn, and a distant family becoming close. That is really what this book is about -- families. And how important it is that every member of the family be heard.
Megan G
Jul 30, 2014 Megan G rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tweens and under
this book is my favorite book that I have read so far[ and I have read lots of books] it is so amazing and magical. I love how it is a book where it is like real life then all of a sudden it is magical.
Annajune
This was an excellent book about finding yourself and allowing you to be yourself. Nell is sent to spend a school break in the country side. There she meets Angel and in both of them learn to trust and be friends. Fun read, we discussed in at the library as part of the girls read program.
Hilary
If your daughter loves horses or farms, she'll love this. This was a cute little story about a girl trying to figure out herself. Her dad left the picture some years ago, and her mom has a business trip, so she gets to spend spring break on her aunt's farm with 2 little cousins that she's never met. It really is a heartwarming story and we really enjoyed it. I would like to take a look at some of her other animal stories, especially the one about a whale.
Chlo Woods
this book is so good.It's about a girl called Nell who loves horses when she goes to stay with her aunt Liv Theres a girl called Angel who steals horses.
Luna
Pretty good book. Mystical and intense but confusing and/or boring at times. But, despite its flaws, it turned out to be a pretty good book.
Lydia
February's Mom & Daughter book club. Got a head start on it! I enjoyed this book...but I know each of my girls liked it even more than me.
Leigh Anne Eck
This book left me with a breathless moment just like A Dog Called Homeless. It is a book about family and belonging and wondering why things happen.
Jacqui
A glowing tale of moonlight, magic and mystery; and of the secrets that bring solitary Nell and will-o-the-wisp Angel together.
Zalea.newman
I think this was a great book and I would recommend it to others. I wont say what happened but you need to read this great book.
Susie Tweed
Wonderful story about two girls, unlikely friends, who help each other discover who they really are and how they can become 'whole.'
Niki
"A Hundred Horses" is a simple, enjoyable story by Sarah Lean. The main character, Nell, is unexpectedly sent to spent two weeks with her aunt and cousins that she has never met on their farm. Nell is prepared to find the time unenjoyable, but is pleasantly surprised when she finds herself with new friends - whether they are adults, children, family or animals! Lean incorporates some life lessons through the storyline and her interesting characters. I would recommend "A Hundred Horses" to any yo ...more
Rosie
A good book it's about a little girl who lost a case with something important in it
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Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a page-planner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with University of Winchester.
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