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Jane Smiley

Biography

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A THOUSAND ACRES, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2006 she received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

Jane Smiley

Books by Jane Smiley

by Jane Smiley - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Ellen can't stop thinking about the racehorse Ned --- and the secret she shares with him. One thing that's not a secret is how much Ellen wants to jump --- to feel herself on a horse as it soars through the air, smooth and fast. The horse she's riding these days is Hot Potato --- a pony she can trust, a pony she can practice jumping with. But he can't possibly be as interesting as Ned, can he? And will her parents' secret take her away from the stable forever?

by Jane Smiley - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction

Jane Smiley is the author of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch series, as well as many novels for adults and three works of nonfiction. She won the Pulitzer Prize for A THOUSAND ACRES.

by Jane Smiley - Children's

When Abby is confronted with an onslaught of reminders of just how little of the world she has seen, she finds herself connecting with Gee Whiz's calm and curious nature, and his desire to know more. Her brother receives a draft notice to Vietnam, her friends return for the holidays with stories from their boarding school in Southern California, and the wise, lovable Brother Abner opens her eyes with tales of his many years spent traveling. At the same time, her beloved Jack and True Blue are both faced with opportunites to broaden their horizons away from the ranch.

by Jane Smiley - Children's, Family, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction

Pie in the Sky is the most expensive horse Abby Lovitt has ever ridden. But he is proud and irritable, and takes away attention from her beloved horse, True Blue. And then there's high school --- Abby finds new friends, but also new challenges. She begins to wonder if there is another way to look at horses, people, and life itself.

by Jane Smiley - Fiction, Young Adult 11+

When the owner of a dappled gray horse dies in a car accident, Abby Lovitt and her father take over ownership and begin training him. The horse is beautiful and knows the basics, but Abby feels there’s something different about him.