After her best friend, Annie, leaves for a fancy camp in New Hampshire, Ivy can t imagine how she's going to endure the long, hot Nevada summer with no one around but that pain-in-the-neck Billy Joe Butterworth next door and all those melancholy visitors to the Red Star Guest Ranch. Happily, an answer comes to Ivy in a flash of honey-colored topaz, and she cleverly hires herself out to take care of people's farm animals or pets while they re away.
So begins a summer of discovery for tenderhearted but sensible Ivy, who must win over the stubborn pony Chestnut, take on the challenge of training 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 the midcentury Southwest about a young heroine with an exceptional gift, a heart of gold, and a budding dream for her future.
About the Author
Rosemary Wells has written and/or illustrated more than 120 books for children and has received many awards for both her writing and her illustration. She is the author of On the Blue Comet, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; the co-author (with Secundino Fernandez) of My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood, illustrated by Peter Ferguson; and the author of Lincoln and His Boys, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. She is also the creator of the beloved Max and Ruby stories and the illustrator of My Very First Mother Goose and Here Comes Mother Goose, both edited by Iona Opie. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.