That’s Not Hay in My Hair by Juliette Turner
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 5 – 9 | Paperback: 240 pages | Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 8, 2016)
About That’s Not Hay in My Hair:
New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns, and a cat … all by themselves.
Juliette couldn’t help feeling excited, even though she’d have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service. Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy it’s hard to believe they’re for real—but it all happened exactly how it’s written.
Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lessons learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner.
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My Thoughts on That’s Not Hay in My Hair:
Juliette and her mom move from the Big Apple to the middle of nowhere in Texas. The difference couldn’t be more profound. One day, Juliette is living in a cramped apartment overlooking busy New York streets and the next she’s stuck on a 300 acre ranch in the sweltering heat and not a neighbor in sight. Snakes, horses, and adventures await in this new, wild territory she now calls home.
This book got off to a rough start. The first chapter was really choppy and lacked any sort of direction. It felt like I was reading the tedious minute-by-minute happenings of the characters’ morning. Part of the problem was that I read this book on the heels of another book that I devoured. Another part of the problem was that I kept forgetting this was a midde grade title, not a young adult title.
Thankfully, the book got better. The first chapter was a bit of a flop, but chapter 2 picked up and the rest of the book was more enjoyable. It had some funny parts and some sad parts. It’s not earth-shattering or life-changing, but it’s okay. It’s clean and fun.
Lastly, I love the cover. It’s perfect for the story!
Source: I received this book from the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.
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