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“Dirt,” by Denise Gosliner is an adventurous book.

Yonder is the main character and her mother died when she was young.

After Yonder’s mother died she never talked again. Her father is always drinking; and she has a hard life.

Yonder goes to Robert Frost Middle school. She is teased and has no friends.

One day a pony from mean Enid’s farm comes wandering up to her. At first she keeps pushing the pony away, but soon she loves the pony and will do anything to protect him. She feeds the pony, grooms him, and takes the pony on walks.

On the way home from school one day Yonder sees a sign that said “Pony for sale. Good quality horse meat.”

What? Yonder wasn’t going to let her pony, Dirt, become horse meat! Her father allows her to keep Dirt, secretly, in her room, but she must not get caught.

She stops going to school, but only has a few days off before Trudy Trumpet, the school social worker, appears in her doorway.

Read the book to find out what happens to Dirt and Yonder after that.

I recommend this book for either boys or girls in grades 4, 5, and 6. I give this book 5 stars!

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