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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1591297508 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2002 ISBN-13:  9781580061100

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Jeannie, Helga and their friends continue to grow up on the West Texas frontier in l886 experiencing new true-life adventures and daily activities that shape their lives and their characters.

In JEANNIE A TEXAS FRONTIER GIRL, BOOK TWO, summer is filled with puppies and a new colt to train. What is the name of Ole Blue's little daughter? Cooking and sewing and sharing adventures with school friends are part of the girls' activities. Will they help a family in need? There is an unexpected surprise for Helga at a Christmas party. What does Billy Joe have to do with it?

Will Slim be a ranch foreman for Jeannie's "someday" horse ranch? Why does he annoy her? Who has a serious illness? Who is saved from a terrible snowstorm? What happens when Jeannie meets a Comanche Indian family and their small children? Who has a new baby? Can Jeannie's unexpected money be used for her "someday" horse ranch?

As the girls continued to talk to him and pet him, Morning Star soon settled down. "Good afternoon ladies. Looks like you're doing a pretty good job there." Jeannie glanced over her shoulder. It was Slim standing outside the fence with one leg propped on a lower fence railing. He was chewing on a piece of straw dangling between his lips. "Howdy, Slim," Helga said. "The colt is still very skittish." "Uh-huh, he's young yet," Slim said. "Might take you awhile to get him saddle-broke." "Maybe not," Jeannie said. "If we keep on talking nice to him and showing him there's nothing to be afraid of." "Well, maybe, but I figure when they're too young to work with, there's not much you can do with them," Slim said. Suddenly, Jeannie felt herself giving way to anger. Who was Slim to question her when it came to training a colt? She knew as much about it as he did! "He's almost a year old!" she snapped back. "I think it's time to begin his training." She glared at Slim for a moment, wondering why he just didn't go round up some longhorn cows somewhere! "Okay, okay, Little Lady. I was just trying to help out," he said. "Well," Jeannie said huffily, tossing a blonde braid over her shoulder, "much obliged, Slim, but we don't need any help today." Slim turned and walked away, chuckling and shaking his head. "Jeannie, why did you yell at Slim?" Helga asked, frowning. "He was only trying to help." Jeannie lowered her head. "Yeah, I guess so," she said, kicking a stone at her feet. "I don't know what got into me. He just crossed me wrong, that's all." "Are you worried he might know just a little more about training horses than you do, Jeannie?" Helga asked softly. "Not one bit!" Jeannie cried with indignation. "Don't even think like that, Helga. You're supposed to be my best friend!" Helga looked startled, and her eyes began to tear up. Grannies! She was even yelling at Helga. What is wrong with me today? Jeannie wondered. Could Helga be right? Was she jealous of Slim's skill and knowledge? "I'm sorry, Helga," she said, putting her arms around her friend. "Please, forgive me. I didn't mean to yell at you, okay?" Helga nodded her forgiveness. "It's all right," she said softly, wiping away a tear. "I'm really sorry," Jeannie said again. She gave Helga a tight hug. "What say we go back to the house? Reckon, I'm not much in the mood for working with Morning Star right now."

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Reader Reviews for "Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book Two"

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.
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 3 is coming out!

Library Director
Peck Memorial Library

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 JC Pinkerton-Editor 3/13/2003
The exciting adventures of little Jeannie continue in Book Two with Jeannie growing into a frontier teen. The fun continues with Jeannie and her friend Helga learning to do women's work. Jeannie still longs for her own horse ranch and there is a good chance that her dream may come true, but you'll have to read the book to find out how.

Horan is a former teacher and counselor who has spun a good story, including some "factions" about frontier life from her family history. She has managed to create characters that jump off the page and demand that you remember them. You simply cannot get Jeannie out of your head. Now that's writing!
J.C. Pinkerton - Editor
Reviewed by Beverly Rowe 3/9/2003
In Book Two of a planned four-book series, Evelyn Horan paints a wonderful word-picture of a young girl's life in early Texas. Jeannie and Helga are fourteen and busy with new puppies, a baby brother for Helga, and a colt to train.

The girls discover that a neighbor is ill and pitch-in to help the family until the mother is able to resume her duties. The young people befriend a Comanche family, and find that Indians are just people, after all, and not the savages they had pictured. There are many skills to be learned by young girls in the 1880's, and Jeannie's plans are also centered on having a horse ranch of her own someday. Helga and Billy Joe are attracted to each other, and Slim is very interested in Jeannie.

There is suspense and adventure aplenty to keep young readers interested. This series would be a wonderful read-aloud family project. Award-winning author, Evelyn Horan, manages to painlessly insert moral values and history into this exciting series.
Beverly J. Rowe - Reviewer
Reviewed by Angie Rose-Editor 2/21/2003
Children and their parents will surely enjoy Jeannie, A Texas FRontier Girl, Book Two, in what is a four book series by Evelyn Horan.

The setting of 1880's Texas frontier unfolds as vividly as a movie throughout the 147 pages of heart-warming adventures shared by
Jeannie as she lights the pages with her enthusiasm and kindness. Book Two follows the bright heroine, her family, her ever loyal friend, Helga, and some wonderful new friends.

The girls share new adventures and reminisce about old ones as well. The book speaks of friendship true and loyal, girlhood pure and simple and the love of family and country.

Evelyn Horan's descriptive narrative style of writing lends itself so well to historical fiction that the reader almost sees the characters before their very own eyes.

Jeanie is a bit older and wiser, and we follow her change from girl into a young lady. One of my favorite chapters is "Helping Ma." In it we find Jeannie helping her ma in the kitchen. While reading I almost smelled the cooking!

Girls will enjoy sharing Jeannie's hopes and joys as they follow her through the months of training both her horse and herself through new accomplishments and goals.

My only disappointment was that I did not have Book Three in my hand to read right away as Evelyn Horan cleverly leaves us on the edge of our seat, anxiously awaiting what happens next.

The book also lends itself wonderfully to teachers and parents alike. They find in it great reference points to start discussions about many subjects. A kaleidoscope of what growing from girlhood to young womanhood is all about, Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book Two, is sure to become a favorite for years to come.
Angie Rose - Editor
Reviewed by Evelyn Horan 1/22/2003
In a letter to Evelyn Horan, concerning the Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl,series, author, Christy French writes:
When will books Three and Four be published? I can't wait to read them! What's really neat is my daughter who is in college, picked up Book Two and began reading it. The next thing I know, it's at college, and she and her dorm mates are passing it around, reading it. My daughter says it's better than "Little House". You go girl! Just proves your books are for all ages.
Christy T. French - author
Chasing Horses
Wayne's Dead
Reviewed by Faye 1/22/2003
Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book Two is wonderful! Our young girls need good books to read, and I am so thankful for an author like you who can provide them!
Faye N. - Director
Gatesville Public Library
Gatesville, Texas
Reviewed by Lisa Ramalgia 1/20/2003
In Book Two of Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, only good things can be said about it!
A very simple story involving a very complicated girl; Jeannie! Turning fourteen, Jeannie is getting to be a mature, young lady. Many things are in store for her and her friends this year. The girls learn to cook, sew and crochet and take care of Helga's new baby brother. These new skills will help them in the future. Living in the l880's is hard work. You learn to grow up fast. Jeannie's wish for her own horse ranch might be coming true due to unexpected money. Will she be old enough next year to have a ranch? Who will she want to work on her ranch with her? She might have someone in mind!
Evelyn Horan has a genuine flair for writing. The main characters Jeannie, Helga, Billy Joe and Henry all have great personalities. You really end up knowing them all personally! This series - four books in all- is a wonderful collection to keep for your children as they get older. Such wholesome stories should be read aloud to kids of all ages!
Lisa - Editor
Reviewed by John Savoy, CA International Film Maker 1/7/2003
Another adventure from days gone by!
Evelyn Horan is not only a talented writer, but she is a delightful and charming woman to boot. A true talent in her chosen genre of books, and me, (a grown man), loving every word she writes! I have ordered copies of her books for my own nieces and nephews. Her stories are well-written and educational. Her school teaching experience is apparent with each book she writes. I look forward to the remaining books in her charming series!
John Savoy
International Film Maker
Hollywood, CA
Reviewed by Victoria 1/1/2003
Dear Mrs. Horan,
I just finished reading Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book Two. IT WAS GREAT AND VERY ADVENTUROUS! I would like to get the next book. Please let me know when Book Three is published. I am in the third grade at a Christian school you visited, and I purchased the books from you. God bless you.
Victoria O.
Reviewed by Jennifer L.B. Leese 12/23/2002
Published by PublishAmerica,
ISBN: 1-59129-750-8
reviewer: Jennifer LB Leese,

This reviewer has had the privilege of reading Evelyn Horan's first JEANNIE adventure book and immediately fell in love with Book Two. Her writing style is unique, clear, and fun. Horan fills each of her books with detail, making it easy for readers to visualize the characters and scenery. Young Jeannie is your average little frontier girl from the 1800s. She likes to train her horses, cook, sew, play with her school friends, and, of course, she loves to go on adventures. This book is a real page-turner! Young readers will enjoy the fun and excitement the book provides. Bravo!
Horan is a former teacher and counselor, and multi-published author. Her books are available at, Barnes and,, and from the author by contacting her at her authors website.
Jennifer LB Leese
Chidlren's Book Review Columnist
Author Webpage:
Reviewed by Jean & Jessica 12/20/2002
Dear Mrs. Horan,
My grandmother and I enjoyed your second book of Jeannie. (They are just not long enough!) Keep up the good work!!!
Reviewed by Christina Lewis 12/6/2002
The adventures continue for Jeannie, Helga and all their friends. Jeannie is growng up fast and enjoying every minute of her life on the West Texas ranch where she lives with her parents and older brother Henry. Jeannie dreams of one day running her very own horse ranch, but for now she's having fun learning how to cook, sew and dance! Jeannie and Helga are learning a lot about life and how important it is to help others when they take care of a sick neighbor and Helga's father offers jobs to an Indian family in need. Book Two is another GREAT historical fiction, an enjoyable read, filled with adventure and excitement!
Christina Lewis - Editor
Reviewed by Christy French 11/12/2002
Book Two of the series, Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, by Evelyn Horan is, without a doubt, the best children's book I've read since, well, the first one. Ms. Horan's work has been compared to that of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but in my opinion, she has proven to be an even better author. These books may be for children, but I, even though I am an adult, love them, and as I'm reading, I cannot wait to see what happens next with Jeannie and her family and good friend, Helga. The setting is the Texas frontier during the l800's, and Ms. Horan does an excellent job at edifying while entertaining the reader. Horan makes a wonderful transition from the first to the second book, and in Book Two, we see Jeannie and her friend Helga beginning to grow up, we see the changes that take place in both Jeannie's and Helga's families as they are introduced to a Comanche Indian family, and we dream along with Jeannie as to what her future will hold. I'm excitedly looking forward to Book Three and hope Ms. Horan will continue these books for years to come. Ms. Horan is our present-day Wilder, an author whose work is so wholesome and wonderful, I predict she will be a national bestseller in a very short time. Cudos for an excellent book!
Christy French - Author
Chasing Horses, Wayne's Dead
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 daughers are teachers and I am going to share both Books One and Two with them for their classrooms.
Elaine - Editor
Teen Christian periodical
Reviewed by Beverly J. Scott 9/26/2002
Evelyn Horan has gifted us with her second book in the "Jeannie: A Texas Frontier Girl" series. Young and old alike will be captivated by the on-going adventures of Jeannie and her friends. Horan's well-researched works are not only fun to read, they give us insight into frontier life of the l880's. The author uses authentic dialogue, multi-dimensional characters and realistic action to move the plot forward. Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Book Two - another great narrative from the pen of the talented Evelyn Horan!
Beverly J. Scott - Author
Righteous Revenge
Reviewed by Freda Ward 9/25/2002
Evelyn Horan has done it again with "Jeannie, a Texas Frontier Girl, Book Two." With layers of suspense and intrigue, she grabs the attention of the reader and doesn't let go. Her attention to detail, whether in dialog or historical fact, is appealing to adults as well as her targeted audience of children. Ms. Horan subtly intersperses exemplary values and principles that guide the lives of her characters -- and readers. I rate this as a wholesome, suspenseful read.
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 9/22/2002
My daughter Michelle and I just love Evelyn Horan's "JEANNIE" series. Evelyn is such a talent...she provides her readers (of all age groups) a wonderful story, with page turning adventure, and non-stop action. Her characters are believable, the dialogue easy to follow and relate to, and her plot(s) are exciting. As I said before, this woman is such a talent! Evelyn, is a master at weaving the perfect blend of excitment and historical facts in her 'Not To Be Missed' series of children's books! Michelle (age 9) loved this series of books so much in fact she had me order copies of both books for her school library. The entire 'Jeannie' series is a series even the big people will love! This series has my personal seal of approval!

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