Review: Pie in the Sky by Jane Smiley

Pie in the Sky
Jane Smiley
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction/Children's
Expected Publication: September 11, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
ISBN: 0375869689
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Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will ride her horse? Abby's dad seems to think it will be Abby. Pie in the Sky is the most expensive horse Abby has ever ridden. But he is proud and irritable, and he takes Abby's attention away from the continuing mystery that is True Blue.

And then there's high school—Abby finds new friends, but also new challenges, and a larger world that sometimes seems strange and intimidating. She begins to wonder if there is another way to look at horses, people, and life itself.

Accompanied by the beautiful imagery of 1960s Northern California, Abby's charming mix of innocence and wisdom guide us through Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley's latest middle-grade horse novel.


I recently read Pie in the Sky by Jane Smiley. I thought it was a very good book. In Pie in the Sky Abby has a has a horse named Blue. He is not very good at jumping so she takes him to a clinic. The man who does the clinic does not like Blue very well. A girl in Abby's class quits riding for an unknown reason. She askes Abby to ride her horse named Pie in the Sky. Abby and Pie in the Sky help his owner get back her confidence to ride. God gave Abby a chance to help Pie's owner. Anyone who likes horses and learning about God would like this book. I really liked reading about the different horses in the story. Pie in the Sky was a great read and I hope Jane Smiley writes another book
I didn't read the whole thing. I am trying to get this schoolwork under control. It is killing me. I thought that what I read was well written. It seemed fast paced with lots of descriptions of horses. Abby liked that it was a Christian book and talked about God. She liked all of the different horses that the author talked about.

*The Book Blogging Beauties  received a copy of this book from Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are that of the reviewer. We were not compensated for this review.


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  2. I love horses! I have never heard of this one- but I will have to give this book a try. Thanks for sharing!