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- DescriptionKIRKUS REVIEW: . . . The story's theme--about the friendship a child can form with an animal even if that animal isn't his--will be easy for young readers to identify with. Westover is surprisingly adept at capturing a young boy's point of view, and her glossary and discussion topics make this book suitable for reading groups or classrooms. . . .There's a lot to discuss here, and some moments that adults will appreciate as well. . . . This short chapter book is full of charming black-and-white illustrations. . . . What happens when a boy is threatened with the loss of what he loves most? Eleven-year-old Jed with the help of his eight-year-old friend, Tommy, pits his ingenuity against the hard realities of the adult world. Jed has worked a year to buy Dusty, a pony he's helped nurse back to health. Dusty's owner plans to sell Dusty for profit at the county fair auction. Against the odds, Jed goes to the auction where the ante is upped by a pony ring buyer. Tommy adds his allowance savings to Jed's work wages, but Jed is still outbid and crumples in despair. From the back the boys hear a new voice. That jolts Jed to an idea that changes the outcome of the auction. From hot August haying to anguished reflection in Jed's thinking tree and fast-paced, auction tension, this is a story to read aloud and savor.
- Author BiographyPhyllis Galley Westover's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in magazines, literary journals, newspapers, and six anthologies. Two documentary films she wrote aired on public television. In 2003, she received Boulevard Magazine's fiction award. Sold to the Highest Bidder is her first children's book and draws on early summers on her grandfather's Ohio farm. She began her career teaching elementary school in California. For 24 years she taught English and directed adult degree programs at Oklahoma City University and Baker University. She served as humanities editor and columnist for Potpourri Literary Magazine. She and her husband live in Kansas City, Missouri, with their beloved retired racing greyhound, Obie.
- Author(s)Phyllis Galley Westover
- Date of Publication07/01/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight91 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine4 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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