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“Abby Lovitt already has a lot of horse sense at 12 years old. She's been riding horses for her daddy, who buys them to train up and resell, boasting that 'even a little girl can ride them.' But Abby must also transfer those skills to dealing with the people around her. Jane Smiley maintains the level of sophistication and character development for which she is known in her adult fiction. I can't wait to put this book in the hands of horse lovers!”
— Janet Blevins, Knight Equestrian Books, Edgecomb, ME
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 20, 2009:
"A lyrical meditation on horses, families, and the vicissitudes of peer relationships among girls."
Review, Booklist, September 15, 2009:
"[A] quiet, psychologically attuned youth debut."
Review, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), October 3, 2009:
"'The Georges and the Jewels' is filled with fascinating details about the care and training of horses, and Abby is a refreshing heroine in today's snark-filled times."
Review, Chicago Sun-Times, October 18, 2009:
"Smiley’s intricate and sophisticated knowledge of horses shines throughout this book, making it a guaranteed winner for horse-loving youngsters."
Review, LATimes.com, September 27, 2009:
"I have never admired [Smiley's] writing as much as I do in the first of what promises to be a series of books for children...'The Georges and the Jewels' can easily take its place on the shelf along with the great horse stories of childhood."
Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, October 2009:
"Readers...will be happy to mount up and ride along."