National Velvet by Enid Bagnold (1935)

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Velvet Brown prays every night for a horse.  Miraculously her prayers are answered through an unexpected event.  Her horse is high-spirit and unpredictable, but she’s determined to train him to be a racer.  Could her beautiful horse possibly compete in the Grand National and become a champion?

Hold on to your seat as you follow this love story of a girl and her horse.

A young Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney star in a film adaptation.  It’s beautifully filmed and well worth watching after you’ve read the book — for, as we all know, the book is usually better!

Middle Grade Reading Level, 320 pages, Fiction, Animals, Horses, Published in 1935



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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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