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The author of Alice, I Think (2003) offers a change of pace in this charming story. Alex Ford fell in love with horses at age six, and then with the sport of dressage. But Alex knows that Turnip, the sturdy horse his dad won in a poker game, will never manage dressage, and resigns himself to becoming a cowboy. When a new horse enters his life, Alex, by now 16 and struggling with his sexuality, finds himself in a dressage class. The only other member of the class is Cleo, a spoiled American who was sent to the Vancouver riding school after getting in trouble at home. The two lonely teens develop a friendship that eventually helps them realize their identities and strengths. Wry humor infuses this quiet story with a gentle warmth, and the secondary characters are well developed. Juby clearly knows horses and dressage, and her portrait of this world adds to the book's appeal. Readers don't have to be horse lovers to find this a winning read.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2007 Booklist