BOOK REVIEWS AND AWARDS
Gold medal award winning author Valerie Ormond’s Believing in Horses, Too takes thirteen-year-old Sadie Navarro to new challenges. Sadie wants more than ever to make her father proud by riding in her first show on her gelding, Lucky. Her father, Lieutenant Commander Navarro, is deployed to Afghanistan. She always fears for his safety and during the first six months of his deployment, Sadie had preoccupied herself by taking on the challenge of saving ten horses on their way to an auction and a very uncertain future. Read more....
Valeire Ormond's Believing In Horses, Too, continues the adventures of 13-year-old Sadie Navarro. Although Sadie is quite mature, and adults entrust her with tasks and duties beyond her young years, she also suffers from the crushing insecurities of the average teenage girl. Toss in the local mean girl, and a father stationed in Afghanistan, and Sadie has a lot to deal with. Read more....
By Chaplain Ron Camarda on Believing In Horses, Too
Valerie Ormond encourages the reader to take a soulful ride with rescued horses that have survived a certain early death. Believing in Horses, Too might just rescue you too! Ormond allows her 13 year old heroine to realistically grow up with the help of honest parents, teachers, mentors and bullies. Yes, bullies and antagonists can offer great opportunities for growth.
Being a rescued horse turns out to be a way to walk, trot or cantor into the souls of human beings; especially veterans, differently-abled, and children of parents deployed in a war zone.
The book is very spiritual. It is informative about horses and human behavior. “And those guys have a way of connecting with the soul like no other animals.” Sadie found facing her fears enriched the soul. She isn’t the only family member who needs the horse therapeutic approach to face her fears.
Believing in Horses, Too is very spiritual and a fun read. Ormond’s book could be used as part of a holistic approach to veteran family therapy and coping skills. And let’s not forget grandparents! Valerie’s long and distinguished Navy career and love of horses is just the training needed for a blue ribbon finish.
Inspiration and Motivational! These two words and more best describe Ormond’s sequel to “Believing in Horses” titled “Believing in Horses, Too.”
A country whose children are engaged has a future. Sadie, the main character is the poster child for engaged.
Thirteen going on 30! Wise beyond her years, focused, goal oriented, she will become a hero to all who read about her.
In a time where children are dismissed as unimportant, lazy or simply overly attached to their electronic world, Sadie demonstrates page after page what hard work and relentless effort can attain.
Parents, if your child’s school does not have this in their library, does not make it required reading you need to be “Sadie” at the next school board meeting.
Reviewed by: Jim Greenwald
I like this book because it has adventure and horses. They are two of my favorite book topics. The author wrote this book in a friendly, easy tone. If she wrote it any other way, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it nearly as much. I hope that whoever reads this book likes it as much as I did. I recommend it for anyone 10+.
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TheHorseStudio.com Copyrighted Review:-
There is good reason this book has won so many awards. It is a really lovely tale that is carefully threaded with life lessons and perfect for the 9 year olds and up, regardless of whether they are a horse crazy kid or not. This book is well written and the plot carries the reader effortlessly along while quietly educating at the same time. The main character Sadie Navarro inspires empathy and her development throughout the tale as she takes on bigger responsibilities, has to overcome fears and learns to trust herself, is a well rounded and highly likable personality. Overall an intelligently written, non preachy, highly entertaining read that leaves the reader feeling happy and inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars forBelieving in Horses, October 16, 2012
Looking for an excellent book for middle schoolers and YA readers? Believing in Horses is just that! Sadie, the main character faces struggles when she has to move and her father deploys to Afghanistan. Sadie is a twelve-year-old who proves that kids can accomplish great things, that it is okay to struggle, and things don't always go right, but struggling for what you believe in can be worth it all in the end. Life isn't easy, and this book is realistic in sharing that fact. People who love horses or other animals will especially enjoy this book, but it should not just be read for that reason. This book shares how a young person can set goals and what it takes to achieve something very special. Author Valerie Ormond added tension and suspense to Believing in Horses, which opens up the book to many more readers. This is an uplifting book, which I highly recommend.
As a teacher/parent, I want people to know that Valerie Ormond's brother, Edward Ormond (who has an educational background) has created Teacher's Tack, a teacher's resource to accompany Believing in Horses. I can see Mr. Ormond's teacher's heart come through this guide. It is packed with high-level thinking activities. As a teacher of 36 years, who truly believes in challenging our students, I was thrilled to see the inclusion of activities based on Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences. Teacher's Tack is a superb resource for home schoolers and/or public schools. If I was still in the classroom, this would be one book I would share with my students, and we'd enjoy learning through the experiences provided in this resource.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read! What a delightful book, "I believe", October 10, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitement abounds!, February 19, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Persistence Pays!, June 17, 2011
By T. Bosworth
This book is not only entertaining and suspenseful, it is instructional for both children and adults! I really enjoyed reading the story and learning about issues related to horses. This story artfully weaves in some important skills for students: researching a topic, communicating with adults, e-mailing, and showing respect for others even though you may not agree with them. It is a great story about not dwelling on loneliness, becoming passionate about something, becoming an advocate, reaching out to others, making new friends, and helping animals - all things young readers will love! Young readers are very altruistic at heart and will really relate to the main character's persistence and this story's ultimate lesson in finding out that when you help others, you are helping yourself!
This is a beautifully told story of a young girl who embarks on an adventure to save unwanted horses. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and look forward to a sequel. I loved the photographs at the beginning of each chapter and I felt like I was right there with Sadie at every turn. I would definitely recommend this book for people of all ages who love horses, are from military families, have teenagers, have an interest in politics or just plain love a good story. And on top of being an emotionally beautiful story, it is educational too! Get yourself a copy...you won't be disappointed!
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AND A GOODREADS FIVE STAR REVIEW FROM AUTHOR SHERRY ELLIS
Sadie Navarro is a twelve-year-old girl who loves horses. She is thrilled when she gets a horse of her own. Through an interesting turn of events, Sadie discovers ten more horses that are destined for the auction block. ...more
STARS AND FLAGS BOOK AWARDS
Believing In Horses is a YA reader concerning horse rescue and the determined twelve year old who vows to save them.
Sadie Navarro couldn't be more unhappy, her family is moving from San Diego to Bowie, Maryland......READ MORE
"An emotional story, writer Valerie Ormond takes Sadie and her tri-colored Pinto horse, Lucky, through a tale of heartbreak, suspense, determination, and love."