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Cassie & Jasper to the rescue
Other title(s):
Cassie and Jasper to the rescue

Portland, Oregon : WestWinds Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
129 pages ; 22 cm.
Can cowgirl Cassie and and her sidekick Jasper rescue a neglected horse from the owner's villainous son?


Call Number
J Fleming, B.

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Time is short. A horse is in danger. Can cowgirl CASSIE and her sidekick JASPER rescue the horse from the owner's villainous son? Or will the mare go to the local auction and meet a bad end? The ranch kids, raised on rodeos and cattle drives, resurrect the dilapidated corral and barn of an abandoned homestead to house the soon-to-be-rescued mare. The kids hide, sneak, and spy on the neglectful horse owners. Then, in a desperate night ride, Cassie and Jasper attempt to lead the rescued horse to safety. Danger trails close behind them on a roaring four-wheeler. Jasper musters his courage and risks all for the horse and his friend. Along the way a new friendship and understanding develops as Cassie and Jasper help the neglected horse's elderly owner to care for her properly. At the abandoned ranch, the pursuer reappears, forcing Cassie into a dangerous game of hide-and-seek in the old ranch buildings. She's trapped in the old barn, along with the mare. Will Jasper return in time? Are the kids' cowboy skills enough to save them all?

Author Notes

Bryn Fleming was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University with a degree in English. She taught creative writing classes at Portland Community College, and has been published in Highlights, Cricket, and numerous poetry journals. Bryn volunteered at a wildlife care center as a teenager, worked in seven different National Parks, traveled and worked in Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean where she crewed on sailing yachts and worked at the Oregon Zoo for ten years. She now lives in Central Oregon with rescue dogs Bandit and Pippin, shelter cats Amber and Angel, horse Sky, and an adopted wild burro Biscuit and mini-mule, Mercy. She is currently employed as a fish biology field technician helping to restore endangered wild steelhead to Oregon rivers.

Reviews 1

Kirkus Review

Cassie and Jasper try to save an abused horse in this tense and heroic little adventure.Twelve-year-old Cassie doesn't always do what she should, but she follows her heart. She finds school tedious, and her sass often gets her in trouble. Her passion is working the ranch with Pa, although Cassie is still raw from the passing of her mother two years before. Then Cassie's friend Jasper takes her to see an older horse, Glory, that's being starved and neglected by a cruel rancher. Intensely empathetic Cassie cannot resist her desire to save Glory: "All my life I'd felt like that, like an animal's pain was my own." They hatch a rescue plan, but as brave as their efforts are, they don't pause to consider other options, which lands them in a very dangerous situation. Set in an unspecified time uncluttered by cellphones and the Internet, this compassionate adventure plays out, its underlying theme of the value of education helping to change Cassie's attitude.Paced at a smooth canter and tugging at the heartstrings, this slim tale is a call to action for middle-grade animal lovers. (Adventure. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.