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A Hundred Horses

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First published by HarperCollins in the U.K. in 2013 under the title A Horse for Angel.

From the author of A Dog Called Homeless, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, comes a gentle tale with a touch of magic about the power of friendship, the truth of belonging, and the most special of a hundred horses. Nell is not happy about spending her school vacation with relati
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published 2013)
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Shelby
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
I really love reading about horses because I love horses. After reading this book it was really cute. Probably the cutest one that I have read so far. I really love the characters Angel and Nella. There personally is probably why I like them the most best to me it is almost like me in a way that loves horses and would anything for them. The story line was great. I am glad I read this book because it was really cute and really good. I would recommend this book to anyone that is loves cut
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Kristen
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook-reads
I wasn't really looking forward to this one because I'm not a big fan of horse stories, but it was surprisingly enjoyable. It focuses on things like family, abandonment, and finding your voice--and the horses are just kind of a side bar. At first our two main characters (Nelly and Angel) are kind of unlikable, but as their stories come to light I found myself enjoying the story and anticipating the ending.
Olive
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Erin Mash
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Theme of this book is friendship because Nellie becomes friends with a girl named Angel who isn't really liked by other people. The book shows that you should always give people a chance no mateer what their reputation is.
Kate
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Suzanne
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Me and my daughter read this. It's a tender story about an unlikely friendship between two young girls, this book demonstrates how love and trust between friends and families can help overcome difficulties in a most unlikely way



KillerFrost
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is such a detailed book i loved it so much. It about a horse and two girls one named Angel and one named Nell.
Christine
a quick read, however, I didn't really enjoy it. Can't connect with them all, right.
Wynee Igel
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is about 11-year-old Nell who thinks her single mom dislikes everything about Nell's father including Nell. She finds a disassembled carousel that was her father's and secretly takes it with her when she visits her aunt on a small farm. Next door is the home of a recently widowed woman with a herd of horses. A runaway girl hiding next door, Angel, takes the case and the two begin a friendship - Nell helps Angel figure out how to take care of the horses and Angel helps Nell put the caro ...more
Rifa.Rahmah123
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Nell was sent to stay with distant family, she packed a suitcase full of secrets. When she got there, she met a girl called Angel. Both girls had secrets, everyone had secrets. But Angel was dangerous, Rita said. Could Nell trust her? Things got stolen, even goats and some blankets. Days have gone by and both girls got closer and closer. The challenge Nell had to take is to find who stole all those things from the neighbours. What I like about this book is that this book is about friendship ...more
Bonnie
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eh. Yawn. Not sure what else to say. I never felt like I knew any of these characters and the story rambled and didn't really make a lot of sense.
Heidi
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightful junior book about friendship, angels-among-us, wishes and friendship.
Diane
“That’s what angels do … they bring things back to life.”

Nell and her mom are on their own. When Nell's Dad left for Las Vegas, her mother emptied the house of all reminders of him. That's why Nell is so surprised to find her father's model carousel in the attic. Did he intend to leave it for her? What would happen if Nell's mother found out she had it? Nell knows she must keep it a secret and when she goes to stay with her Aunt Liv and two cousins, Gemma and Alfie, she hides the suitcase in the
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Gaby
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, childrens-books
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
Courtney Umlauf
This never really coalesced for me, but for others it might be just what they're looking for. It features horses but I wouldn't recommend it to someone solely for that fact as it's not your traditional "horse lovers" story.

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Sandy Grissett
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story. Sarah Lean did a wonderful job on writing this book. It was about a little girl(Nell) that had to go and stay with her Aunt Liv for 2 weeks along with 2 cousins whom she did not know. She was not looking forward to going and before leaving to go she found a suitcase in the attic that had a carousel inside that her dad had made. She wanted to take this with her and put it together while at the farm. Once she arrived and removed her luggage out of the car, a horse startled h ...more
Jennifer
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Tirzah
A Hundred Horses (or published in the UK as A Horse for Angel) is a unique book with unpredictability. The story begins with Nell and her mom having a rocky relationship due to the haunted memory of Nell's father abandoning them seven years earlier. Nell's mom decides to send Nell to her aunt's and cousins' farm. While there, Nell meets Rita, the kind neighbor who is forced to sell her farm animals and Angel, the mysterious girl people say is a thief and trouble. Nell also meets the beautiful ho ...more
Susan  Dunn
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
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
Becky
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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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Emily
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
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
Leslie
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
This book had potential, but I was reading it from my 8-year-old daughter's perspective, since she had just read it (it was on a library list of recommendations for her age group). Nell the narrator speaks like an enigmatic adult, alluding to certain feelings and connections without talking about them directly. All I could think of was how many layers my daughter must have missed. Also, the theme of abandonment is strong throughout this book, something that is unfamiliar to my child. And Nell's ...more
Linnae
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
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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Eric Jolly
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, in our family we have two horses and we treasure a good fairy tale. I love books and seldom rate a story as 5 stars unless it is a story that I think I will remember for years.

This is one of those stories-it was outstanding! Ideal for an 8-10 year old, this story has a lot of parallelism between the main character, Nell and an orphan girl, Angel. Brief synopsis is that Nell's dad is long gone and Nell's mother needs two weeks away for job reasons. Reluctantly, Nell visits her aunt on a farm
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Rosalie
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Melonie
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Ashleyd
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Susan
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slmta
Angel has a reputation for lying and stealing, so when a nanny goat and a few other things--including ahorse--go missing, she's blamed. Rita, Liv's recently widowed and grieving neighbor, holds keys to the mystery of Angel's background, information that is disclosed at a deliberate pace that heightens the sense of mystery and enhances the gradual reveal. Only Angel and Nell together have the power to put the many problems right, if they can find a way to cooperate. Although Nell's voice sometim ...more
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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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