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Kyle, Aryn.
New York : Scribner, 2008
ISBN 1416533257
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Desert Valley, Colorado has always been Alice Winstonís home, but it hasnít been an easy place for her to grow up. When she was a baby, her mother went upstairs to take a rest and never came back downstairs. Now Alice is twelve, and her beloved older sister Nona has run off and married a rodeo cowboy. Then her friend and shop partner, Polly, drowns in the canal near the Winston family ranch. Meanwhile, Aliceís father relies on her more and more to help keep the ranch afloat. Money is tight, so the Winstonís board horses for their wealthy neighbors and provide riding lessons to a rich but untalented girl named Sheila, who tries to befriend Alice. Struggling to deal with the changes in her world, Alice is drawn into a complicated relationship with her English teacher. Secret builds upon secret until everything begins to unravel in a series of disasters. The fate of horses, first love, and family bonds all hang in the balance in this beautifully crafted, unforgettable first novel.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Program, 2009-2010)
SUBJECTS:     Ranch life -- Fiction.
                        Colorado -- Fiction.

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