In a heart- and humor-filled adventure by" On the Blue Comet" author Rosemary Wells, a girl spends a summer caring for animals in the mid-century Southwest.
Brokenhearted after her best friend leaves for the entire summer, Ivy rallies and finds herself something new and exciting to do: she hires herself out to look after people's farm animals and pets while they re away. So begins a summer of discovery and definition for tenderhearted but sensible Ivy, who must win over the stubborn pony Chestnut, take on the training of a puppy named Inca, and patiently court the trust of the magnificent but scarred racehorse, Andromeda. All this while tending to her own private hurts and hopes, and managing the hapless tagalong Billy Joe, who has a knack for trouble and accidents like nobody else. Celebrated writer Rosemary Wells delivers a compassionately observed and exquisitely distilled novel set in mid-century Nevada about a heroine with an exceptional gift, a heart of gold, and a budding dream for her future.
About the Author
Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.
Jim LaMarche is one of the most talented artists working in children's books today. His many successful books include "Rainbabies" by Laura Kraus Melmed and "Albert" by Donna Jo Napoli, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and "Up" and "Raft", which he also wrote. Most recently he illustrated "The Carpenter's Gift" by David Rubel. Jim lives in Santa Cruz, California.