A young rider encounters well-known horses and new friends in the final installment of the Ellen & Ned trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley.
Ellen’s family has moved to a new town…but some things, like her love for horses, remain the same. Ellen is now the proud owner of her own horse, Tater. She’s learning new skills and challenging herself as a rider…but she still can’t stop thinking about Ned, the feisty former racehorse she sees on the ranch during her lessons.
In the meantime, Ellen’s making new friends and encountering old ones. Most exciting of all is Da, a boy from a riding family who is possessed of a spirit of mischief and daring and knows his own mind.
Ellen still has a lot to learn…about horses, friendship, and herself. And will she ever be able to get Ned off her mind?
A young rider gets to know a new pony, adjusts to a new sibling, and learns a lot about secrets in this charming follow-up to Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley’s Riding Lessons.
Ellen can’t stop thinking about the racehorse Ned–and the secret she shares with him. There seem to be a lot of secrets in Ellen’s life these days. Secrets between friends. Secrets within families. Secrets that are all her own. And secrets her parents are keeping from her that could change everything about her life.
One thing that’s not a secret is how much Ellen wants to jump–to feel herself on a horse as it soars through the air, smooth and fast. The horse she’s riding these days is Hot Potato–a pony she can trust, a pony she can practice jumping with. But he can’t possibly be as interesting as Ned, can he? And will her parents’ secret take her away from the stable forever?
The first book in a new horse trilogy from Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley, starring a feisty young rider.
Eleven-year-old Ellen is a spunky—and occasionally misbehaving—young riding student. Her teacher, Abby Lovitt (who readers might recognize from The Georges and the Jewels), is a high school student who introduces her to jumping, dressage techniques, and most importantly, Ned.
Ned is a colt who used to be a racehorse, until he hurt his leg and moved to Abby’s ranch. Ellen and Ned seem to understand each other, and their companionship is immediate. But Ellen is only allowed to go to riding lessons when she behaves at school. And with all that’s going on, from learning that she’s adopted to finding out her parents are adopting a new baby, it’s harder than ever for Ellen to pay attention and behave in class and at home.
Will Ellen be able to spend more time on the ranch with Ned? And will her parents ever let her have a horse of her own?