Backyard Horses

Ellie James is a fourth grader with a great imagination. She spends lots of time daydreaming about owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies in the horse show. But when the answer to all her dreams and prayers gallops into her life, will Ellie be able to recognize it?

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Dandi Daley Mackall
Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children's Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom's Choice Award winner. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe…
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Ellie James loves horses and she loves daydreaming. Her life changes when her daydream about a Pinto becomes a reality.
Ethan James is Ellie’s younger brother. Because he is deaf, Ellie and her family communicate via sign language so Ethan can know what’s going on. He loves baseball.
Lenny James is Ellie’s dad. He works for an ad agency. Ellie helps him with his rhymes for jingles.
Bev James is Ellie’s mom. She is a professional volunteer. She volunteers at different places throughout the week. She is known for her quirky sayings.
Colt Stevens is Ellie’s best friend. He is also her neighbor and loves horses almost as much as she does.