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Starting the Colt
The sequel to The Orange Slipknot


Illustrated by Pat Lehmkuhl
Readers 9 to adult
Retail price $12.00, 173 pages, paperback
ISBN: 9781937849115
Copyright 2014, Raven Publishing
Order: Raven Publishing, Author, Amazon
Kindle $6.00
Read Chapters 1-2

Starting the Colt, the sequel to The Orange Slipknot, continues 12-year-old Ben Lucas's quest to prove he's tough enough to please his hot-tempered dad. The Nevada ranch where his dad cowboys is a man's world. His dad wants him to "buck out" some colts, but the old crusty cowboss, teaches him another way to start colts, and it looks like magic!

Ben fights fire, wrecks on his ATV, and gets kicked out of school for punching his buddy. When Ben and his dad break down in the middle of nowhere, Ben rides for help--on Fred's colt, Soapsuds, the colt Ben once owned and still thinks of as his. Ben's on his own and must make some tough choices.

TEACHERS & HOMESCHOOLERS: Starting the Colt Curriculum Unit available for $10.00 at my TeachersPayTeachers store.
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The Orange Slipknot
Illustrated by Pat Lehmkuhl
178 pages, paperback
Readers 9 to adult
ISBN: 978-0-9772525-5-8
Retail price $12.00, Copyright 2007, Raven Publishing
Order: Raven Publishing, Author, Amazon
Smashwords price $6.00
Amazon Kindle $6.00
ISBN: 978-0-9820893-1-6
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The grouchy old cowboss on the ranch where Ben's dad works
says Ben must pay for the horse that died.
His hot-tempered dad clashes with the cowboss,
and 12-year-old Ben is caught right in the middle.

Selected as the NEVADA BOOK for 2009 Library of Congress "National Book Festival" Pavilion of the States
Finalist: ForeWord Magazine's 2007 Book of the Year Award
Finalist: 2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Award
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Distributors: Baker & Taylor, The Distributors,
Follett, Partners, Western International


The Orange Slipknot Curriculum Unit
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The accompanying comprehensive Curriculum Unit is based on these important reading strategies: making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, determining importance, and synthesizing.
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Jan Young writes from Winnemucca, Nevada, in the heart of the Great Basin's cow country. Her husband's cowboying experiences on California and Nevada ranches provide true-life details for her stories. Jack and Jan help people with their horses through clinics, lessons, and training. More about Jan...

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