When eighth grader Abby Lovitt looks out at those pure-gold rolling hills, she knows thereâ€™s no place sheâ€™d rather be than her familyâ€™s ranchâ€”even with all the hard work of tending to nine horses. But some chores are no work at all, like grooming young Jack. At eight months, his rough foal coat has shed out, leaving a smooth, rich silk, like chocolate. As for Black George, such a good horse, it turns out heâ€™s a natural jumper. When he and Abby clear four feet easy as pie, heads start to turn at the ringâ€”buyersâ€™ headsâ€”and Abby knows Daddy wonâ€™t turn down a good offer. Then a letter arrives from a private investigator, and suddenly Abby stands to lose not one horse but two. The letter states that Jackâ€™s mare may have been sold to the Lovitts as stolen goods. A mystery unfolds, more surprising than Abby could ever expect. Will she lose her beloved Jack to his rightful owners?Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley raises horses of her own, and her affection and expertise shine through in this inviting horse novel for young readers, set in 1960s California horse country and featuring characters from The Georges and the Jewels.From the Hardcover edition.