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Pretty Saro

by Roger Mcguinn

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Grade 5-9 This story begins promisingly, in the dramatic realm of the show arena, but the emphasis quickly shifts from girl-with-horse to girl alone. Properly known as Sarah Jean, this 14-year-old is sometimes reminiscent of an immature, bubble-headed Scarlett O'Hara living in contemporary Kentucky. Other characters are fairly well drawn except for a stereotypical portrait of a snobbish Southern mother. The plot hinges on the soundness of Sarah's show pony and her realization that she wants to make horse training her career in spite of her mother's objections. She also copes with the discovery that she has a hearing problem, new neighbors, music lessons, and a first love. The writing is adequate, despite some cliched words and phrases. Windsor does convey a nostalgic feeling for a lifestyle in which genteel landowners have little to worry about except winning the next trophy. Her ending lacks resolution, however, leaving many questions unanswered regarding Saro's relationship with her mother, Saro's ability to walk again after a serious accident, and how much more of his wife's behavior Saro's father will tolerate. Also unrealistic is the romance between young Saro and older Johntheir dialogue seems more appropriate to older teens. Overall, this book will disappoint horse-loving readers. A better girl-horse story is Jean Doty's Dark House (Morrow, 1983), which features a superior plot and theme. Charlene Strickland, Los Angeles County Pub . Library, Valencia
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Sarah Jean seems to get along better with horses than with other kids, until the realization that she is hearing impaired brings her a hearing aid and friends.



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