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A Hundred Horses

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  534 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published 2013)
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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
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. ...more
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
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.
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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. ...more
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
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. ...more
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

Rachel Sharpe
Realistic. Realistic. Realistic. Realistic. Fantasy?!?!?!
a quick read, however, I didn't really enjoy it. Can't connect with them all, right. ...more
Halsey's Little Hurricane
this book is really gripping... it is amazing! i love the storyline and the characters!
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
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I give this book five stars, I love how the writer of the book made it like a little bit of mystery and a little bit of drama. Whenever I would stop reading this book, I got sad or mad at my teacher for making me stop because it was time for something else, I've read this book like 10 times, it is my favorite book ever, I remember ever single scene, even though I read this book 1 or 2 months ago at my latest. I'm so thankful that this book is on this app, if it wasn't, this would not be a really ...more
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
Hailey Baldwin
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every time I tried to read this book I always ended up finding something else that I thought I might like more but I finally decided I wanted to try to finish the whole thing, and I'm glade I did because I couldn't stop reading it. Sometimes when I was reading it I tried to predict what was going to happen next and I was so confident about my prediction, but when the part I was predicting came up I was always wrong. I like how this book kept me guessing, which also made me want to read more this ...more
Katherine Jackson
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4th to 5th
I'm definitely a little old for this book, but my inner horse person said to read it. I think it was one of those cliche horse books for sure, but it has a good plot to it. I think someone in 4th or 5th grade would really enjoy this book. It's just right to transition them into more detailed books with more detailed characters. It was a cute book for some light reading. ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I could not put it down. when I read it I felt like I was in the book along side the vary real characters.
this book will be appealing to all ages. this is a soon-to-be classic of its own time.

I LOVED THIS BOOK and would recommend it to all ages!

Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wondrous story about two girls and horses Sarah lean truly outdid herself , guaranteed to make you cry

Different from all the other books I have read in a fantastic way, fast reading and will certainly bring different emotions
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. ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightful junior book about friendship, angels-among-us, wishes and friendship.
crescent bea :)
This was not the best book. It does not really make much sense.
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mandy Williams is an amazing actress, I could listen to her all day. Beautifully read and performed; we all fell in love with the story.
May 03, 2021 rated it liked it
It was OK. Nothing to write home about.
“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
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
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
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
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My fascination with animals began when I was aged 8 and a stray cat walked in the back door and decided to adopt me. As a child, I wanted to be a writer and used to dictate stories to my mother, but eventually I bought a laptop and decided I could type them myself. I live in Dorset and share the space around my desk with two dogs, Harry and Coco. MA in Creative and Critical Writing from University ...more

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