The Red Pony
Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.
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I think that this book is good to read in middle school because it teaches you about discipline and respect.
this is a good book we had to read it for school. our teacher read it and she put the lessons together to make it make more sense. It tells you alot about how people change over a few years for the better or worse. this is a good book and i would recommend to anyone that reads this to read it in this order 1.) The great moutains 2.) The leader of the people 3.) the gift 4.) the promise. It seems better when you read it in this order.