Author(s): Rosemary Wells
In a heart- and humor-filled adventure by" On the Blue Comet" author Rosemary Wells, a girl spends a summer caring for animals in the mid-century Southwest. Brokenhearted after her best friend leaves for the entire summer, Ivy rallies and finds herself something new and exciting to do: she hires herself out to look after people's farm animals and pets while they're away. So begins a summer of discovery and definition for tenderhearted but sensible Ivy, who must win over the stubborn pony Chestnut, take on the training of a puppy named Inca, and patiently court the trust of the magnificent but scarred racehorse, Andromeda. All this while tending to her own private hurts and hopes, and managing the hapless tagalong Billy Joe, who has a knack for trouble and accidents like nobody else. Celebrated writer Rosemary Wells delivers a compassionately observed and exquisitely distilled novel set in mid-century Nevada about a heroine with an exceptional gift, a heart of gold, and a budding dream for her future.
Rosemary Wells has written and/or illustrated more than 120 books for children, including "Following Grandfather," illustrated by Christopher Denise, and "On the Blue Comet," illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York. Jim LaMarche is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, including Dennis Haseley's" A Story for Bear"; "The Carousel" by Liz Rosenberg; "The Rainbabies" by Laura Krauss Melmed; and "Albert" by Donna Jo Napoli. He is the author-illustrator of "The Raft." Jim LaMarche grew up in Wisconsin and now lives in California.