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The Team

(Ruth Hollis #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Ruth acquires what is considered an unsuitable pony and determines to train him so that she can become a member of the Pony Club team. Sequel to Fly-by-Night.
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published December 1st 1967 by Crowell (first published 1967)
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Mary Pagones
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I enjoyed most about The Team was its cast of secondary characters, particularly the battleaxe of a Pony Club district commissioner Mrs. Meredith. Mrs. Meredith has no compunction about sacrificing children’s egos—or even the odd broken limb—to win a rally and there is no twenty-first century hand-holding to her style of coaching. Peter McNair is also a truly unique character, utterly obsessed with his former pony Toadhill Flax, who was sold from under him by his horse-dealer father. Peter ...more
Clare O'Beara
A tale packed with real people, real horses, real occurrences. I almost know these folks, almost rode those horses, almost had this happen to me. I didn't ride Pony Club, which is under 16, but I competed in Riding Club at 16 and found many similarities.
An eventing team is being formed for a one-day event, and a new purchase, a rogue, a stalwart pony and young riders are under consideration. I notice that my copy was published in 1975 and film International Velvet came out a few years later; wo
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as Fly by Night!
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, this was a fast turnaround, certainly! K.M. Peyton has an intriguing knack for writing selfishness as a central character flaw – sometimes it’s really well done and makes you root for the character anyway (Flambards and Will come to mind); other times you end up wanting to slap the character a whole lot (hi Minna from the Roman pony series, I loathe you). This one fell into the latter category, sadly – I liked Ruth in the first book, where she was scrappy and capable but essentially kind. ...more
Priscilla King
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who want to show ponies, fans of the series
Recommended to Priscilla by: author's reputation
Considering that I liked the other Ruth Hollis books when I was about Ruth's age, I think I might just have discovered this one too late. My feeling is that Peyton was just reworking the basic idea of Fly-by-Night: Tough, sweet girl, determined to have a pony although her parents can hardly afford one, has outgrown her first pony, whom it was a challenge just to keep and ride. Now she wants to ride in shows and competitions with her rich friends in a more expensive pony club, and again she can a ...more
Ruth Hollisin tarina jatkuu. Mielenkiintoinen kuvaus vanhan ajan hevoskilpailuista. Onneksi nykyään puututaan hevosten kohteluun vähän toisella tavalla kuin tuohon aikaan. Erikoista on myös se, miten vaativia kilpailuja juniori-ikäisille poniratsukoille oikein järjestettiinkään.
Cheyenne Blue
Sequel to the much better "Fly-by-Night", this story continues with Ruth Hollis, Peter McNair and their families, while introducing new characters.

One of the reasons that "Fly" was so delightful was that it deviated from the usual pony book trope of schooling and endless bloody circles that the worthy pony heroines usually employ to break/school the unmanageable pony they've acquired. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy those books, but it was a nice change to gloss over that in "Fly".

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Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A great sequel to Fly-by-Night. I always enjoy how her adolescent characters have to work for everything, and make an effort. And they don’t always get what they want. Lots of pony background and a little hint of teenage love towards the end.
Tabitha Suzuma
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Favourite childhood author who read my first attempt at a book when I was 17, despite having never met me!
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