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Wild Girl

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,662 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
A contemporary and irresistible story from Patricia Reilly Giff

Lidie lives in Jales, Brazil, where she’s free to ride, to be a wild girl, and to dream of going to live with her father and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Finally Lidie is 12—time to leave Brazil for New York.

Meanwhile, a filly is born and begins her journey to a new home. As Lidie’s story unfolds, s
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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Sep 29, 2011 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth, pony-books
I was hesitant to get this book. I dislike horse racing, and this is a book about the daughter of a racehorse trainer and a racehorse to-be. She wants to be a jockey. Her brother is a jockey. It takes place on a racing farm. They go to the races. Obviously, this book didn't really scream "take me!"

But I kept seeing good reviews. The book was cheap, and short, and minus the racing bit, the story really did sound interesting! So I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did. The story is short and sweet, an
Dec 13, 2012 Memrock rated it it was amazing
Lidie is a not-so-average girl. She has lived with Tio Paulo and Titia Lusia in Jales,Brazil. When Her mother died her father, the horseman, and brother Rafael moved to NYC without her when she was seven. In NYC the horseman could train racehorses. Ever since that day Lidie has hoped and dreamed that one day, some day the horseman and Rafael will come get her and take her to their home in New York. Finally Lidie is twelve and the day has come for her to pack up and move to the horseman and Rafae ...more
Kiara Lafromboise
Oct 16, 2012 Kiara Lafromboise rated it it was amazing
This book was interesting. This girl named Lidie lives in Jales, Brazil. She loves to ride horse all the time. But her dad moved to New York City with her brother Raefael. Her dad said that he would bring her to New York City until he gets enough money and buys a house which he does and paints her room Snow White and the seven dwurfs. But she was living with her aunt and uncle. She sad when she has to leave because she gonna miss her horse. But when she gets to New York City she get's to pick ou ...more
May 14, 2011 Jeannie rated it it was ok
Okay, my rating is probably a little harsh, but it drives me nuts when writers choose characters from other countries and seemingly do no more research than look up a few foreign words and foods. Aside from that complaint, (or perhaps as a part of that) the main character seems through most of the book to be more bratty than wild, and the outcome is too pat. But hey, I'm not the target audience, and although I haven't anything against horses, stories about them wouldn't necessarily be more first ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really good. It reminds me of me trying to prove myself as not a little girl anymore to my family. It was also funny in some parts. This book is about a girl who moves from South America to New York to live with her dad. When she gets there her room is pink, she goes to school where no one speaks spanish, and she knows how to ride horses, but her brother and dad don't know that. She tries to prove to her brother and dad that she is not little anymore. If you want to see t ...more
Lindsey Klump
Oct 10, 2016 Lindsey Klump rated it really liked it
Lidie is a powerful, independent, young girl who is eager to prove she can hang as a jockey. She leaves Brazil and finally arrives in New York to meet her father and brother who went to America five years before her after her mother got sick and passed away. Since they haven't seen her in so long, they still see her as the little girl that she used to be. America is the opposite of her home in Brazil and she misses it there. She then develops a special relationship with her father's new horse, n ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
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Daniela Cosentino
May 06, 2015 Daniela Cosentino rated it it was amazing
Twelve year old Lidie spent three years imagining what her life would be like living in America. Her father and brother had lived there since she was 7, Which is the year her mother had died. Lidie stayed back in Brazil living with her aunt and uncle, waiting for her father to let her know when she can go to america to live with him. Then one day she gets a call that it is time for her to come to New York to live on her fathers farm.When she got there it was pretyy tough. Her father and brother ...more
Bella P.
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Rebecca Bruns
May 01, 2014 Rebecca Bruns rated it liked it
How did I pick this book?
I picked this book because it had a horse on it and i’m obsessed with horses, so I read the back and wanted to read it.

The setting of this book?
South Carolina to live with her dad and brother at their farm house.

The conflict of this book?
The conflict in Wild Girl is Liddie doesn’t know hardly any english since she came from Brazil. Her father told her she got to go to school and she was excited. Until her first day and she wet her pants because she didn’t know how to ask
Michelle Kelley
Lidie is a 12 year old girl living with her Tio Paulo and Titia Luisa in Brazil. Her father and older brother Rafael left for America many years ago after her mother died. The day has finally come for Lidie to join them in New York where her father works at a racetrack. Lidie enjoys her final moments in Brazil racing bareback on her uncle's horse Cavalo and looks forward to the reunion with her father and brother so they can be a family together at last. The reunion is a disappointment when Lidi ...more
Dec 08, 2009 *LadyElk#30!*(KD) rated it really liked it
this book is definetly for people @ a 3rd-6th grade reading level. this book show s the life of a girl that moves from brazil who faces the hardships of a new life ina america where you only know youre brother and father, and end up wetting your pant on the first day of sixth grade! but the book also tells about a horse and her journwey through life with an erge to run and run until you cant feel your legs moving underneath you.
Sami Mahon
Sep 02, 2014 Sami Mahon rated it it was amazing
Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff presents a girl and her massive love for horses. This book is about a little girl and her mom died when she was five. then her dad and brother moved to America to rise horses. so she lived with her and uncle. when one day her dad called and said "I want you to move here and live to America". he was going to miss her aunt and uncle but she was ready to go live with her dad. then she remembered that her dad told her when you move out here with me I want you to bri ...more
Paige Lent
Oct 21, 2016 Paige Lent rated it it was amazing
Name: Paige Lent
Date: 10/21/16
Assignment: Book plug

Book title: "Wild Girl"
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Just imagine riding a horse. Feeling free and wild. This is exactly how 12 year old Lidie felt when she went to her father's house. The move was difficult for her. She moved from Brazil to New York. After Lidie's mother did when she was only seven, life has been difficult. After finally adjusting to her father's farm, Lidie began to ride his horses. Then, both Lidie and h
Allie 2
Jan 15, 2014 Allie 2 rated it really liked it
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Oct 16, 2015 Laela rated it really liked it
This is a nice short book for a quick read. In some spots I lost interest but other spots I could not put the book done. I figured since I ride horses this would be a great book for me. However it was more than that. It can relate to a lot of people not just the ones that ride. It is a struggle of friendship, love, and a girl with big dreams. Lidie has dreams and hopes as a rider but once she is with her father in New York these dreams are now possible. Back in brazil she would have never had an ...more
Leila K.
Feb 06, 2015 Leila K. rated it really liked it
In the book Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff, Lidie is a little girl from Brazil who was forced to move to New York City to live with her dad and older brother. It is a great book about love and how strong family and friendships can be. Lidie is reluctant to move, but she soon adjusts to her new life and loves every minute of it. The main plot of the story is Lidie becoming more comfortable with herself and getting a taste of different ways of life. She falls in love with the country and astoun ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing
This is exactly the kind of book that I hungered for back when I was in Middle School. Anything with horses...or dogs, or cats, or animals of any sort, were high on my list of reading materials. When this book came into our library, I knew that I had to read it. It's not a big book, nor a long book, but it is a very good book. I really liked how the author told the story, simply, from two points of view - the girl & the horse. It is a story of a girl, who speaks very little English, from Bra ...more
Marie Rubalcava
Oct 16, 2014 Marie Rubalcava rated it liked it
In my opinion, "Wild girl" is a very emotinal and sad at the same time. It was very sad and emotinal because liddie's mother died when she was about 9 years old. I am able to relate to Liddie because in the book she turns 10 which I'm 10 right now, so shes my age. I like this book "Wild girl" because its a very interesting book and i love how the author wrote this book.I would deinently recamend this book to one of my classmates because this book is so amazing. This book gives full explained det ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Owlboyle rated it liked it
Shelves: gsf-2011-2011
An interesting story about a horse and a young girl. The horse is from South Carolina and the girl is from Brazil. When her Father and older brother leave for America, they leave Lidie with her Aunt and Uncle. Years pass and Lidie's Father finally has a place where he can bring Lidie to America. Lidie's Father is a Horse Trainer at the Belmont Racetrack.
They buy a horse from a farm in Pennsylvania. It was love at first sight for Lidie, as soon as she saw Wild Girl, she knew that they would be g
Oct 27, 2013 Ash24 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
one of my closest friends gave me this book as a gift and its really good.
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 Addison Children rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
Lidie at last gets to leave her home in Brazil and join her father and brother in America. But it is not at all how she dreamed it would be. Her father and brother are expecting the little girl they left behind five years before. Lidie finds it difficult to be reunited with the family she has missed for so long, and more difficult to begin school with her extremely limited English skills. In a shorter parallel story, a filly is born and grows to trainable age, but is wild and frightened. Lidie a ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Lucky rated it liked it
Shelves: horses, not-great
not too excting but real good
Anny XD smiles forever!!!!
Feb 18, 2011 Anny XD smiles forever!!!! rated it it was amazing
It was interesting
Hattie Rose
Oct 17, 2014 Hattie Rose rated it liked it
Shelves: wjhs, lesson-learning
Wild Girl is an exciting story about Lidie, a girl who is transferred to America form Brazil to live with her father. Lidie's father owns a horse stable full of race horses. The only thing I didn't enjoy about this book is that there wasn't enough action or adventure for me. So, if you are looking for a book that involves adventure, this may not be the book for you. Also, if you are horse crazy like me, you will enjoy the horses in this book. I give Wild Girl a three star review for these reason ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Elaine rated it liked it
KBA 2012 nominee. Fifth or sixth(?) grade girl character named Lidie. Recently left her home country of Brazil to join her father and brother in New York. Father and brother train and race horses. Her reunion with her family was less than she expected - - they still think of her as a little girl and father doesn't remember important events from Lidie's past. Lidie became an outstanding rider during her years in Brazil but can't share this information with her father and brother. Lidie struggles ...more
Feb 20, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok
Patricia Reilly Giff has a sweet writing style that is all her own, and I love the fact that through the years she has stayed so true to that personal and fulfilling way of writing.

This book tells the parallel stories of Lidie, a Brazilian girl who is sent to America to join her father and brother in New York, and a spirited South American horse named Wild Girl. Lidie's father has come to the new country with the aim of raising horses to compete in racing, and of making Lidie's brother, Rafael
Mar 04, 2013 Brett rated it liked it
For the second time, acclaimed author Patricia Reilly Giff changes out her usual historical settings for the books she writes for high middle grade readers for a current setting, & a story about a girl figuring out who she is & how she fits in a place that seems like it could never be home.

Lidie hasn't seen her father & older brother since they left their home in Brazil to find work in America when she was seven. Now twelve, Lidie has spent the intervening years living with her aunt
Aug 07, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it
From the ages of 10 until about 13 I was obsessed with horses. And no, that word is not too strong. I had tons of books about horses that I read over and over again, I'd read all of The Saddle Club and Thoroughbred something or other, I had posters all over my room, and my favorite day of the week was whatever day my riding lessons were on. My obsession was so deep, I was the subject of much ridicule among my older brother and his friends, but he also used to like Korn, so I'd say we're even.

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PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Several of her novels for older readers have been chosen as ALA-ALSC Notable Books and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. They include The Gift of the Pirate Queen; All the Way Home; Water Street; Nory Ryan ...more
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