TITLE: LUCY AND VALIANT (AND CHARLOTTE WHO DOESN'T EVEN LIKE HORSES)
GENRE: MIDDLE GRADE
I leaped out of bed and pulled on my best riding pants—-the ones without any holes—-and my Happiness Is Owning A Horse T-shirt. Today I’d meet my horse. And Mom and Mike would make the BIG DECISION: could I keep Valiant?
I didn’t see what the big deal was with me keeping him. Aunt Margaret’s friend had sent her Valiant to sell. Aunt Margaret said she’d buy him for me if I’d work at her barn to pay for his keep. Of course I said YES! I already hung out at Aunt Margaret’s whenever I could.
But for some reason Mom and Mike were hung up on me being too young, keeping up my schoolwork, blah blah blah.
I ran down to the breakfast table and slid into my chair. I would show them how grown up and responsible I could be.
“Good morning, Lucy,” said Mom.
“Subtle shirt,” Mike said.
I raised my eyebrows at him.
“Subtle: understated or not obvious,” Charlotte said. “He’s joking, Lucy.”
“I knew that.” Then I remembered that I was being grown up and responsible. “Good morning, Charlotte. Nice earrings.”
Charlotte’s poodle earrings jingled as she swung her head to look suspiciously at me. The poodles had blue ribbons on their necks that matched Charlotte’s royal blue shirt, shorts and socks. The enameled barrette on the end of her French braid had flecks of royal blue in it, too.