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Winnie The Horse Gentler

After Winnie’s mom dies, her father moves Winnie and her little sister around a lot. Winnie finds comfort in dealing with horses and their problems. Her practical tips for horses help humans with their problems too

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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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I grew up riding horses bareback (from the time I was age 3), and I still love riding bareback.
My first best friend weighed about 1,000 pounds. Her name was Sugar. (And she was a pinto!)
My family has two dogs who are sisters, but one is almost twice as big as the other. The little one is called Moxie, and the big one is Munch.
I live in the woods with my family and pets. But we often get uninvited guests—like a big raccoon, a pesky squirrel, and bats who swooped down the chimney. (My husband usually shows them the door.)
My husband Joe and I got to ride horses with a Navaho guide on a Navaho reservation this year. We galloped all over Monument Valley (including New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona).
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Winnie Willis is a 12-year-old horse gentler. She answers questions from horse owners trying to handle difficult horses.
Jack Willis is Winnie’s father. He is an inventor and is always looking for his next great invention.
Lizzy Willis is Winnie’s sister. Lizzy is 11, just one year younger than Winne. Lizzy loves lizards and cooking different food. Her faith holds her family together.
Calvin (Catman) Coolidge is Winnie’s eighth-grade friend who loves cats. He also loves anything from the ‘60s.
Bart and Claire Coolidge are Catman’s parents. They are eccentric but lovable. The constantly enter contests to support their family.
Pat Haven is the owner of the animal helpline Winnie works for part-time. Pat is a good friend to Winnie.