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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1588517055 Type: 
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134

Copyright:  Aug 20 2001 ISBN-13:  9781588517050
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Life was not always easy for young folks growing up in West Texas in the1880's. But there were fun times, too.

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Twelve-year-old Jeannie, her stallion horse, Diamond, her devoted hound dog, Ole Blue and her friend, Helga, recently arrived from Germany, experience breathtaking adventures while sharing true-life dangers and hardships on the West Texas frontier of the l880's. What happens--when Diamond is stolen? A rattlesnake threatens? Jeannie and Diamond face a mountain lion? Billy Joe is such a school pest? A tornado is fast approaching? Relying on their faith in God, Jeannie and Helga share tragedy and overcome many difficulties, while vowing to remain best friends forever. There is suspense and thrilling excitement for children and young adults in JEANNIE, A TEXAS FRONTIER GIRL, BOOK 1. 


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The stillness was unbroken except for the whistle call of a bob white and the low, mournful reply of a turtledove somewhere in the distance.
There was a flash of brown as a fuzzy-tailed ground squirrel scurried up the trunk of a live oak tree. He turned to sit on a lower branch. His tiny, mouse-like face stared down at them. He wrinkled his nose and sniffed the slight breeze.
"Isn't he cute!" Jeannie whispered. She covered Diamond's nose lightly with her hand to prevent him from nickering. He flicked his ears and swished his tail.
The little brown squirrel sat up on its haunches and rubbed its two, tiny forepaws across its cheeks.
'Howdy," Jeannie said softly. "How are you, little feller?"
Suddenly a piercing screech tore through the stillness. Turning, Jeannie saw a huge mountain lion, leap from a rock boulder, and soar through the air, aiming for Diamond's backside.
Jeannie yanked Diamond's reins, jerking him hard. He side-stepped just as the screaming cat's sharp fangs grazed his back with a long scratch.
The huge wildcat landed on four feet, whirling as Jeannie mounted.
"Go, Diamond, go!" she shouted.
Diamond leaped forward with Jeannie clutching his reins. She hung on tightly and pressed her knees into his sides.
The angry cat pounced again...



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Beverly J. Rowe, Reviewer for My Shelf.com reviews Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl Book 1 by Evelyn Horan
Childhood in West Texas in the l880's wasn't easy. There was hard work to be shared and chores in the dry Texas heat. Some of the dangers faced daily were rattlesnakes, wild animals, Comanche Indians, and violent storms. But there were good times too. Twelve year old Jeannie, her stallion, Diamond, her loyal, hound dog, Ole Blue, and her best friend, Helga, from Germany, along with their companions, share lively adventures as they deal with joys and hardships on the frontier while attending the small country school. They rely on their faith in God and their own lively ingenuity to deal with their daily problems. In an unexpected moment, Jeannie and Diamond have a hair-raising encounter with a bobcat that leaves you breathless!
Evelyn Horan has written a lively, historical novel with a strong sense of values and the appeal of "Little House on the Prairie." I highly recommend this well-written, exciting book. It will interest even the most reluctant readers.


Jennifer LB Leese, Reviewer, ASTORYWEAVER'S Book Reviews
Children will be able to relate to Jeannie and her friends. The chapters are short and easy to read. The lively text with its rich descriptions teaches children how to learn from their errors and to put their trust in God.

Ms. Horan fills the book with vivid scenery as she tells her tale of these youngsters. Her characters are well-developed, and the book from beginning to end is spectacular.

Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One, is Ms. Horan's first novel, and I'm positive that I'm not the first to say that Ms. Horan is an incredible author with a fantastic future ahead of her
Jennifer LB Leese, Maryland Author
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Carol Durfee, Reviewer, Scribes World Reviews
5 Stars
Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One
Evelyn Horan
AmErica House
www.PublishAmerica.com
ISBN: 1-58851-705
January 2002
Young Adult

Twelve-year-old Jeannie lives on the West Texas frontier with her family, her horse Diamond, and dog, Ole Blue. Helga, her best friend is newly arrived from Germany. Together, these two go on great adventures along with Jeannie's brother Henry and Helga's friend Billy Joe. They all face many challenges, Diamond being stolen, a mountain lion, rattlesnakes and a tornado. Jeannie and Helga's faith in God helps to get them through the obstacles they face. The two girls vow to be best friends forever.

Not since the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE books have I enjoyed a story so much about a family's life on the frontier. JEANNIE, A TEXAS FRONTIER GIRL sends a message to young adults that their faith in God can help them through tough times. There is plenty of excitement and action that kept me glued to my seat until the last page was turned. I can't wait to read the next chapter in Jeannie's life. The characters were well developed and I came to feel I knew them. The descriptive narrative brings to life the pioneer's way of life. This is Ms. Horan's debut novel and an excellent debut it is! Young and old alike will enjoy readng about Jeannie, her friends and family. JEANNIE, A TEXAS FRONTIER GIRL is not to be missed!


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Reader Reviews for "Jeannie, a Texas Frontier Girl, Book One"

Reviewed by Karen Young 2/16/2004
From my daughter, Kelsey, who's 9: I loved the adventure parts of this book. Jeanni was sort of like me, in a way. She and I both like horses. I enjoyed how the characters spoke, with an old-fashioned language. It was cool when Lady and Suzy had babies. I chose this book for a school project and really liked it a lot!
From me: We ordered this book and communicated with the author directly via email. Ms. Horan was very helpful in getting the book to us as soon as possible so my daughter could have it in time to read it for her historical fiction book report. She can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Reviewed by Rebecca 7/31/2003








 

Little House in the Lone Star State, July 29, 2003
Reviewer: The Rebecca Review.com (see more about me) from the land where I wish God would talk to me too ;) Oh, I think he just did
“The sun was setting in a burst of deep oranges and reds behind the purple foothills, when Pa pulled their dusty wagon to a stop before the wooden porch steps of the ranch house. Inside, they both knew they would find Ma’s comforting arms, some warm food, and plenty of love waiting for them.”

Evelyn Horan is a native Texan who has spent many years as a teacher-counselor. Over 200 of her children’s articles have appeared in over 80 periodicals and publications.

This is the first book in a four book series set in the Texas frontier. It is a cute innocent tale of friendship and adventure. Through the characters’experiences, Evelyn shows us that life threatening events can make us stronger and that even when life isn’t going exactly as we planned, we can still trust God.

Twelve-year-old Jeannie is eager to experience the adventures in West Texas during the 1880s. She loves her horse, Diamond, and together they survive many tests out in the wild. Jeannie is a bit of a tomboy who would rather be out riding horses than doing chores at home. There is an adorable scene where Diamond is a bit naughty:

“Mister, if you ain’t the most ungrateful horse!” she shouted angrily, rubbing her sore nose. “I come all the way out here, bring you sugar, feed you , and … and ….” She ran out of breath. “Oh! You just wait. I’ll ride you yet!”

She prefers the outdoor life and is an impulsive, lively child. When Diamond is stolen, she is not about to stay home. She helps her father raid the Indian camp to find her horse. Her mother is not impressed and thinks she should try to be a bit more of a lady.

Jeannie’s mom is a great cook. I was getting rather hungry reading about the Christmas festivities with pecan pie and blackberry cobbler, not to mention a two layer chocolate cake.

This is not an easy life. The family members have to pick cotton, tend the livestock and do chores in the Texas heat. However, they seem happy. Everyone has a place in their little world and they are appreciated for their contributions.

Jeannie’s friend Helga has recently arrived from Germany and when they promise one another to remain best friends, they really mean it.

In this book you will find out:

1 What it feels like to meet a rattlesnake and a mountain lion.
2. How you survive a cyclone.

This is a book for children and adults who enjoy reading about the Texas Frontier and seeing the courageous pioneer spirit in action.

Evelyn makes a note at the start of the book about The Comanche Indians at the time. During the early frontier days, they roamed the grassy plains in Texas. She explains how they were encouraged to steal horses and raid settlers for food and horses. She also talks about how the Indians were given land and how the government now regrets how they treated the Indians during the early years of expansion. At the time of this story, settlers still feared the Comanche tribes and the author explains this fully before the story begins.

There is a West Texas Map from the 1800s and this shows where Jeannie and Helga live. The locations of the Church, school, creek and Trading post are all on the map.

In book 2 Jeannie wants her own horse ranch. She and Helga become teenagers and follow their dreams for a wonderful future. Their lives are filled with puppies and a new colt to train. Helga and Jeannie learn to cook, sew and are on their way to becoming young ladies.

Reviewed by Danielle 6/27/2003
Dear Ms. Horan,
How are you? I am fine. I am 11 years old. I am in 5th grade going into 6th. I love reading your books and Janette Okes.
From
Danielle
Reviewed by Mary 6/21/2003


Just wanted to let you know that my daughter read both of your books and loved them. She gave them a 10! That doesn't happen too often. She wants to know when Book Three is coming out!

Mary F.
Library Director
Peck Memorial Library
New York
Reviewed by 6/8/2003
In a conversation with author Evelyn Horan, Verta, Manager of the Finances Department in a resort hotel in Las Vegas, made the following comments: "I was going to give Book One to my grandchildren, but I got so interested in the book that I couldn't put it down, and read it all one afternoon. I loved it, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series myself! When when the other books be available? I want to get them all for my grandchildren."
Reviewed by Grandma Dolly 5/24/2003
I am creeping up on 89 years of age soon, and I have just finished reading both Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl Book One and Jeannie A Texas Frontier Girl, Book Two.I am looking forward to the publishing of the next two books in the series.

(I was an only child with an ailing father, so I was out in the field working with him more than playing with dolls ----as 'water boy' and then graduating to more important tasks as my strength matched the tasks. So I do understand Jeannie very much.)
I am looking forward to the next two books about Jeannie and her family.
Grandma Dolly
Reviewed by Jeanne Glidewell 5/10/2003

I'M A NEW FAN OF EVELYN HORAN !
I loved Book One and am now enjoying Book Two. Evelyn Horan has the gift of making characters come alive and feel as if they are part of your very own family. I like the way she weaves Christian values into the story without having it overwhelm the overall theme of Frontier life in the 1880's. Kids of today will enjoy reading about these kids of yesteryear - as will us kids at heart! I am looking forward to Book Three of this series, which is due out soon. If you love Janette Oke - you'll love Evelyn Horan too!

Jeanne Glidewell, author and RV Park Owner, Wyoming
Reviewed by Elaine 10/31/2002
I can see why reviewers are likening the Jeannie series books to those of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books. I am sure elementary children will greatly enjoy these books. My husband and daughters are teachers, and I am going to share both Book One and Book Two with them for their classrooms.
Elaine - Editor
Teen Christian periodical
Reviewed by jangeo Pinkerton 10/19/2002
I am re-reading Jeannie A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One, to my grandchildren, and I am amazed at the way you make the words come alive right before your eyes. Only you and Laura Ingalls Wilder can do it in such a way. Your writing style is unusal, like hers. Most people today just don't have that certain "click". But you and Laura Ingalls Wilder do! Your writing style is from the past, long, long ago when folks could describe something and make it actually happen before your eyes. Sooner or later an important publisher is going to find you - and then you're on the way to the very top!
J.C. Pinkerton - Editor
http://www.KidZLit.bravepages.com
Reviewed by Michelle 10/17/2002
Dear Evelyn Horan,
My third grade daughter, Michelle, thinks of you as her favorite AUTHOR!!! In one of her homework papers involving a questionaire with questions such as your favorite flower? animals? authors? she wrote, Evelyn Horan, and(Johnny Cruelle who wrote Raggedy Ann And Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees.)
Michelle is eagerly awaiting Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl Book Two. She intends to share it with her teacher and librarian at school.
Best wishes.
Reviewed by Evelyn 9/21/2002
In a discussion of her five favorite books on the Authorden Radio Show hosted by Roger Vizi on August 24, 2002 at ll:00 A.M., Phoenix, Arizona, Jackie Miller, Co-Founder of Authorsden, discussed five of her favorite books. Among them were Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One.
QUOTE: "Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One, by Evelyn Horan - Buy it!"
FURTHER QUOTE:
"This is a children's book for ages 8-14 and is Book One in a series of four. Moms, this is an excellent, wholesome book for any avid reader - It reminds me of Little House on the Prairie, but it isn't as long - 134 pages. It takes place on the West Texas Frontier in 1884 and will give your child a sense of what it really was like to be a little girl growing up in that time period. Jeannie is a spunky l2 year old who rides horses, picks berries, and is full of adventure during her summer break. But she must also pitch in to help her family during harvest time - picking cotton - and that is hard work!!! Education was also a privilege in those days - a new concept for many of our kids. This book is a great discussion starter for many topics - no running water, having to bathe in a portable metal tub in the middle of the kitchen.

Evelyn has received rave reviews for Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, and she is also releasing Book Two very soon."
Reviewed by A Middle School Librarian 9/17/2002
I like the book, and I am in the process of making up an Accelerated Reader quiz for the book so students can get credit for it in our AR program.
A Middle School Librarian
Texas
Reviewed by Jean & Jessica 9/17/2002
Dear Mrs Horan:
My granddaughter and I met you at the Copperas Cove Library in Texas when you were here this summer. Jessica got your book and autograph that day. I just wanted to tell you that she enjoyed your book (I have too). We will be watching for more!!
Jean and Jessica
Reviewed by Allie 9/7/2002
Great Book!
Dear Ms.Horan,
My name is Allie and my grandmother bought me your book in Ranger, Tx while I was visiting her this summer. I am in third grade at...Christian school in Charleston, SC. I just finished reading your book and it was great and my teacher was interested in it too. Jeannie and Helga are a lot like my friend Rachel and I.
Sincerly,
Allie...
Reviewed by Ms.Angie 9/7/2002
Enjoyable and Delightful Book!
Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One is an enjoyable and delightful book. I feel every child should read this family historical fiction. It is a good book for classroom teachers to develop a teaching unit using the time period, the customs, the way of life and the emphasis on faith as a part of the tradition of America's pioneer families.
Ms.Angie - Principal
Pacific Harbor Christian School
Reviewed by John Savoy, CA International Film Maker 8/17/2002
What a joy to read!
Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One, by Evelyn Horan, is a book that I (a grown man in his late 40's) honestly enjoyed from the moment I first opened the book. The characters (Jeannie and Helga) with their many adventures, perils, and dangers sort of reminded me of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. (A female version) of course. A couple of spunky twelve-year-olds attempting to live and enjoy life in the l880s. I loved this story and anyone that may have enjoyed The Little House on the Prairie Series will love it! The characters are believable, the dialogue, one of 'The Old West,' and the plot, both educational and exciting. A very appealing combination. I look forward to the next book in this delightful series!
John Savoy, CEO
Savoy International Motion Picture Company
Hollywood, CAlifornia
Reviewed by 6/4/2002
As an adult reading the book, I found it very delightful and most enjoyable. Evelyn Horan has done a marvelous job! I called the author on the phone immediately after I read the book in one sitting, as I had to keep on reading and turning pages! I send all my good wishes for much future success of Book One and the following three books of the series.
Virginia Russell
Eastland, Texas
Reviewed by MF Williamson 5/4/2002
This is a great write! I enjoyed it and I am 60 years old! Keep up the good work. Good writers for children are needed so badly. Thanks for sharing.
M.F. Williamson
Reviewed by Angie Rose - REVIEWER - CHRISTIAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS 4/28/2002
CHRISTIAN BOOK REVIEW: JEANNIE, A TEXAS FRONTIER GIRL BOOK ONE

It's always a thrill to find a book that teaches, inspires and entertains all at the same time. Jeannie, a Texas Frontier Girl is just such a book. This is book One in what is a four book series by Evelyn Horan. Reading this book transports you back in time to an l880s Frontier Texas setting through the inquisitive eyes of a sweet yet spunky Jeannie.

In fact, it's a joy to "travel back in time" with her characters! It teaches the heart of the land, that strong, courageous pioneer spirit that helped shape America. Jeannie and her friend Helga run through a series of adventures that anchor their friendship with loyalty, courage, truthfulness and kindness. This book will inspire you. You will love Diamond, Jeannie's horse and her dog Blue as Evelyn Horan cleverly weaves these two animal characters into their own hopeful tales reminiscent of the beloved CHARLOTTE'S WEB.

At times Jeannie and her friend Helga seem to walk right past your very eyes through Evelyn Horan's use of vivid and visually descriptive narration. A series of varied adventures challenge Jeannie and her family
ranging from tornados to rattlesnakes. Each chapter is fitly tied together with what I would deem believable character growth.

Jeannie grows in maturity and in her personal faith in God which Evelyn Horan has so naturally seamed into the story. Faith in God was central to survival for many pioneers; those of you who value the foundational traditions of America will love the truthful recounting of small church and schoolhouse lore.One of my favorite lines is when Jeannie turns to Helga and says, "And one good thing, I know the Good Lord is always watching over us. He's helped me out of many a scrape through the years."

I recommend this book for all ages. Parents will find it a pleasure to read to their younger children as its chapters are often one complete mini-adventure making it a wonderful bedtime storybook. Children will love this book and find in its covers a picture of love of God, country, and family framed in a loyal and gentle heart that is Jeannie's. Teenagers will love this book as they will find many of their concerns addressed. Jeannie's parents are presented as great role models of love and marriage. Their kindness and wisdom is refreshing in a modern children's book world which depicts parents as either foolish or irresponsible.

Thank you Evelyn Horan for raising the standard of contemporary children's books. It is encouraging to see a modern day author continue the tradition of quality American children's literature while being respectful of America's foundational Christian heritage. I look forward to Book Two and know our readers will as well.
Reviewed by Jessica (reader grade 5) 4/10/2002
This book was very fun, interesting, and exciting. When I read this book there was always an exciting part that I could not put the book down.
Reviewed by Joan Wells-Children's Specialist, Copperas Cove Library 4/9/2002
Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One, is a recommended book for teachers to read to children in the classroom. The chapters are arranged so that activities and adventures move from one chapter to the next. It is possible even younger children can benefit by stretching their listening skills during this reading time period. Further, the historical aspects of the book can be discussed, family life skills and daily experiences can be reviewed, and even a teaching unit can be developed using the book as a source. Finally, the abiding faith expressed by the characters in the book is interwoven in a gentle way and is shown to be an integral part of a pioneer family's daily existence. An interesting and exciting adventure story sure to hold the interest of children.
Joan Wells - Children's Specialist
Copperas Cove Library
Copperas Cove, Texas
Reviewed by Geoff Rotunno-Editor, The Boox Review 4/5/2002
First in a series for children/young adults, who prefer tales of the Old West hardships to stories of modern day strife; book one features a l2-year-old heroine, a horse named Diamond, Ole Blue, a true-blue hound and a whole array of adventures, beginning with the theft of Diamond at the hands of the Comanches and Jeannie's impassioned attempt to get him back.
An old school nod to the importance of faith in God, friendship, and love.
Geoff Rotonno -Managing Director
The Boox Review
www.thebooxreview.com
Reviewed by Pam Shelton - Director 4/3/2002
Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One, is a book filled with adventure and fun! Children will love the book as they travel back in time to see what life was like in the 1880s.
Pam Shelton - Director
Casey Memorial Library
Fort Hood, TX
Reviewed by JC Pinkerton - Editor 4/2/2002
What was West Texas like in the 1880's? If you want to learn and have a fun adventure in reading, then get a copy of Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book One. This book will take you on a wonderful journey back to the 1800's with Jeannie and her friends. If you like the Little House books then you will enjoy Jeannie just as much. I highly recommend this book for all schools, libraries, and anyone interested in historical novels. Evelyn Horan is a fantastic writer! I love every page of her book. She will soon be discovered as the modern day "Laura Ingalls Wilder." Her writing is truly the best since I picked up my first Little House book. Her book was featured BOOK OF THE MONTH for two months at Children and Literature and was given as GRAND PRIZE in a contest at Eighteen Hundreds.

JC Pinkerton - Content Editor
http://www.childrenandliterature.com
http://www.eighteenhundreds.com
Reviewed by Ann Stobbe-Library Director 4/2/2002
There is a need for these kinds of books in the collections of our libraries today.
Ann Stobbe - Library Director
Pampa, Texas
Reviewed by Jim Cox - Midwest Book Review 3/30/2002
Jeannie, a Texas Frontier Girl, Book One by Evelyn Horan is an engaging highly recommended historical novel for young readers and set in the Lone Star State in the l880s. Twelve-year-old Jeannie has to face hard work daily and true dangers from the Old West, from rattlesnakes and mountain lions and the threat of a tornado, to horse thieves and a school bully. A fascinating and highly enjoyable story about life in the Old West, Jeannie A Texas Frontier Girl is a welcome addition to school and community library collections.

Jim Cox
"Children's Bookwatch"
Midwest Book Review
Reviewed by Christina Lewis 3/29/2002
Twelve-year-old Jeannie Hanson experiences excitement, adventure, fun, danger and heartache on the West Texas frontier during the 1880's. What will Jeannie and her family do when there are faced with a dangerous tornado, a deadly rattlesnake, a ferocious mountain lion and some unfriendly Indians? Relying on their resourcefulness and faith in God helps to get the family through the hard times. Jeannie and her best friend Helga, who moved to Texas from Germany, spend some great times swimming, horseback riding and exploring the countryside. Ms. Horan does a wonderful job describing what life was like during this time. An exciting historical fiction with a strong sense of values.
Christina Lewis - Editor
http://www.kidsbookshelf.com/review.asp?id=348
Reviewed by Sue Lilley 3/19/2002
I enjoyed the book, especially the emphasis on faith in the everyday lives of pioneer people.
Sue Lilley - Director
Lampasas Public Library
Lampasas, Texas
Reviewed by Marlin Bynum - Director 3/8/2002
A good historical fiction book! One that would be especially appealing to young girls.
Marlin Bynum - Director
Breckenridge Public Library
Breckenridge, Texas
Reviewed by Dawn Blake-Director 3/8/2002
The book is enjoyable! I expect that our area home-schoolers will also be interested in the book. Our downtown library has a group of home-schoolers that meet there, so we will be sure to publicize the event to them for our scheduled book-signing as planned.
DAWN BLAKE - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY SERVICE/BRANCH MANAGER
KILLEEN LIBRARY SYSTEM
COPPER MOUNTAIN BRANCH LIBRARY
KILLEEN, TEXAS
Reviewed by Jan Burton 3/5/2002
I loved the first book of the Jeannie series! One is transported back in time to an exciting era in the history and settling of our country. Not only do Jeannie and her family experience many exciting adventures appropriate to the setting, but the story is written in such a way that one feels drawn into the life of the family and invested in what lies ahead for them. There are many tender as well as heart-stopping moments filling the pages of this endearing read. I am eager to follow Jeannie's story in book 2 which promises to be a page-turner also.
Hats off to Evelyn on the publication of her first full length children's book. You will not be sorry to add this one to your children's collection!
Jan Burton, Editor of children's religious education materials

Reviewed by Sally Murphy-Book Reviewer 3/1/2002
When Jeannie first lays eyes on the beautiful black colt with the white star, she resolves to ask her father about him. She is sure she can tame him. Despite some misgivings, Pa agrees that she can have him. Thus begins the adventures of JEANNIE, A TEXAS FRONTIER GIRL, BOOK ONE. Twelve-year-old Jeannie shares many adventures with her new horse, whom she names Diamond, together with her faithful dog, Ole Blue, and her friend Helga, recently arrived from Germany. Jeannie confronts many dangers, part of living in West Texas in the l880s. When Diamond is stolen by Indians she must try to get him back, when threatened by a rattlesnake she must act quickly, and when she and Helga are almost caught in a tornado, she relies on her instincts to survive. This is the first book in a series of four tracking the adventures of Jeannie and her friends. As well as her many adventures, Jeannie is shown learning about life, love and friendship, as well as strengthening her faith in God. The book gives a great insight into the life of the ranches on the Texas frontier in the late l9th century and will appeal especially to children studying the times at school. Evelyn Horan is a teacher-counselor who has previously had numerous children's articles published in both secular and religious publications. Her wholessome writing would make a good introduction to historical fiction for young people.
Sally Murphy - Reviewer
http://www.adolescentlit.com
Reviewed by Faye Nichols - Director Public Library, Gatesville, Texas 2/23/2002
I love the book! It also fits the summer reading program theme: "Read Across Texas, Read About Texas." I look forward to Ms. Horan's visit to our library to talk to the children about her wonderful historical fiction of family life on the West Texas frontier in the l880's.
Faye Nichols - Librarian Director
Gatesville Public Library
Reviewed by Susan Wonderly-director Pahrump, Nevada Public Library 2/23/2002
I am delighted with the book! I began reading it and could not put it down. It is a wonderful book and I can't wait to read part two. Jeannie is such a delightful character. Her warm personality reminded me of "Anne of Green Gables." I LOVE THE BOOK and MUST HAVE THE OTHER THREE when they are available.
Susan Wonderly - Director
Pahrump, NV, Public Library
Reviewed by Dr.K. Kain 2/13/2002
POINT OF CLAIRIFICATION -PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS LISTED AMONG READERS REVIEWS: (Evelyn Horan-author)
l. McQuark Reviews
2. Scribes World Reviews
3. Dr. Kain - Children's Educational Cooperative
THIS IS NOW DR. KAIN'S REVIEW:
Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, is a wonderful juvenile adventure that vividly describes life on the frontier. The book has just the right balance of exciting action, appropriate dialogue, and descriptive scenery. Children will learn about ranch life, immigrants, friends and animals as they follow Jeannie's life. I predict that children will find it very difficult to even puT down this book and will be clamoring for more when it is finished. TEACHERS CAN ALSO INCORPORATE THE BOOK INTO HISTORY OR SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM. Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, is highly recommended for young advanced readers (garades l and up) through middle school.
Dr. Kathleen Kain, scientist and educator.
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Reviewed by Evelyn Horan 2/13/2002
Addendum to Georgess McQuark Review:
Georgess is a professional and prestigeous book reviewer at http://www. MCQUARK REVIEWS.COM She was a reviewer for the New York Times, columnist for School Library Journal and on the book jury for the American Book Awards (twice), among other organizations and honors. Her grading system for currently reviewed books is held at a high standard. Currently, A's went to fantasy and science fiction books. There were c's among those she reviewed. I am honored that my book received a B+ rating.
Yes, my aunt often said, "Oh, grannies!" and I believe there is much personality conflict in that Jeannie and Helga are constantly being badgered and teased by Billy Joe, the school pest. I believe there is enough personality conflict for the age level intended.
Evelyn Horan - author
Reviewed by Georgess McQuark 2/13/2002
Score: B+
There's a flourishing genre of family history retold from a child's perspective. Here's a good example - a sort of Little House in the Lone Star State.

Jeannie, her Ma and Pa, and brother Henry live in West Texas in 1884. Jeannie's a bit of a tomboy whou prefers riding horses to household chores. (As who wouldn't? I'm all on Jeannie's side in this on.) Being blessed with exceptionally understanding parents, Jeannie is not disciplined out of her adventurous spirit, but is allowed to raise her own colt and even to tag along on an supposedly all-male expedition to recover some rustled horses from the local Comanches. Jeannie's life soon has a new source of interest as she makes friends with Helga, a German immigrant girl who arrives to live on a nearby farm. The two overcome language barriers and find a fit between the outgoing, daring Jeannie and the more reserved newcomer. The story is laced with rattlesnakes, a very plausible tornado, and quieter moments of friendship and farm life. The local atmosphere is well protrayed, with cotton picking, pecan shelling, bulebonnets, and church socials. I'm taking it on faith from the author that there reaally was a time and place where people said, "Oh, grannies! as an exclamation. You had to be there - and that's the point. Not gripping because there's little if any personality conflict, but a smooth, satisfying trip into the days of yesteryear for kids in the late elementary and early middle grades. This is the first in a proposed series of four books about Jeannie.
Reviewed by Evelyn Horan 1/18/2002
REVIEW BY CHILD READER AT PUBLISH AMERICA.COM
FROM: OLIVIA - CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES

"I like the way you write books. Also the way you put expression into the sentences and how you put an accent into the sentences."

(Helga is German. She uses Ja for (yes) and Mutter for(mother.) Clarification - Evelyn Horan
Reviewed by Evelyn Horan 1/18/2002
POSTED AT AMAZON.COM
REVIEWER: a 9-YEAR-OLD READER FROM SOUTH CA U S A
GREAT BOOK ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
A WONDERFUL BOOK TO READ! GREAT IF YOU NEED TO DO A REPORT ON HIST.FICT.!!!!!PERFECT IF YOU DID RANCHOS IN SOCIAL STUDIES!
Reviewed by Beverly Scott 1/17/2002
In her book, Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Evelyn Horan uses rich and colorful words to paint a picture of Texas in the 1880’s. Reading through the pages of this book, Jeannie and her family easily become as familiar as the next door neighbor. Incident after incident Jeannie, her family and her friends face the challenges of pioneer life with courage and faith, setting an example for all. I predict this book and those to follow will quickly become favorites of the pre-teen set and those who remain forever young at heart.
Beverly J Scott, author of “Righteous Revenge”
http://www.beverlyjscott.com
Reviewed by mark dirschel 11/23/2001
wonderful. refreshing. jeannie's innocence is captured quite well throughout the excerpt. action without violence. suspense without nastiness. the family provides a "feel good" quality to the story overall. although i intended to read only the first chapter and then write this review, i found myself saying - um, ok. just one more. thank you for sharing your work.

- mark
Reviewed by Santiago Stella 11/20/2001
Beautiful cover, great story and superb narrative style! The best ingredients for an outstanding book. This story could make a great Film. Congratulations to the author. I have no doubt that the series will be a complete success. I wish you may enjoy your thiumph for many years to come.

Sincerely,

Santiago V. Stella
Author of
A WARRIOR ON HIS PATH
Reviewed by Christy French 11/18/2001
Excellent, excellent, excellent. This author will be our current-day Laura Ingles Wilder. Congrats on all the success you've had to date and I know there will be much more. I am going to order the first one and keep ordering as they come. A great gift for my grand-nephew!
Reviewed by 11/17/2001
A wonderful read for young and old! I'll be sure to get this book for my little girl, Hannah. Good luck, Evelyn!
Reviewed by Galen Smith 11/17/2001
Congratulations on your book being published. Pleae keep up the great work! I'll be sure to put something about your new book in our Winter 2002 issue. Thanks again and good luck! Galen Smith - Editor/publisher UPSOUTH
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 11/17/2001
I agree with Lynn. The cover design on your book is super! And the synopsis of your book certainly made me want to read more! A super job by a very talented writer! Welcome to Authors Den Evelyn!
Victoria Taylor Murray
'Thief Of Hearts'
'Forbidden'
Reviewed by Kathryn Shanahan 11/17/2001
I love the cover and the story. Beautiful Texas bluebonnets. I spent some time in Texas with my father during his business trips. We drove around the eastern half of the state and I loved the scenery. Congratulations on your achievement! Hope this book is the start of a long running series. I can see it now...*smile*
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 11/12/2001
Beautiful writing style and story. Reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie series. Congratulations on your book being chosen as "book of the month." I absolutely love the cover design.



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