By Betsy Byars
There’s no such factor as a colt with wings—is there?
When Charles arrives at his Uncle Coot’s Texas ranch from again East, he’s yes that books have taught him every thing he must learn about horses. He desires to turn out he’s a cowboy similar to his uncle, a retired motion picture stunt rider, who understands Charles is out of his point. but if a neighbor’s mare provides delivery to a unbelievable colt with wings, Charles and Coot detect that they either have even more to benefit. They develop to like the colt, named Alado, or “Winged One.” nonetheless, it’s no effortless feat taking care of a legendary creature, specially while it might fly. Can Charles and Coot defend Alado—and each one other? This publication positive factors an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent photographs from the author’s own assortment.
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I stated, “All correct, I’ll get the colt. ” It used to be a mistake and that i knew it, yet I pulled on my poncho, yanked my hat down on my head, and began out the door. “You remain the following even though. comprehend? ” “I will, and thanks very, a great deal. ” “Just remain the following. ” “Yes sir, and that i promise i'll by no means, ever be any difficulty to you back so long as I reside. ” He might have promised whatever to get me out the door. He was once all yet pushing me. I stepped out onto the porch, and correct then the lightning struck someplace to the west.
How’s her shoulder? ” “Fine. She’ll most likely be sending for me sooner than lengthy. ” “Sure. ” with out me he additional, “But i assume I’d larger cross forward and begin tuition right here, simply in case. ” “Sure. ” The canyon among us used to be wider than something I ever jumped within the videos, and it should have taken a greater stunt guy than I ever used to be to recover from it. whatever mistaken on the Minneys’ back IT used to be THE final of September and Charles used to be at school. This left me at the ranch on my own now in the course of the day, which used to be what I had sought after while Charles first got here.
At 3 o’clock i used to be outdoor engaged on the truck, and that i occurred to look up and spot a glider flying overhead. The glider was once low, circling a couple of mile north of the corral. I straightened up fast. “Hey, Charles! ” I known as, in case he had come domestic with no my seeing him. “Charles! ” i needed him to determine the glider simply because that used to be all he were speaking approximately due to the fact Sunday, once we had long past into Marfa. The nationwide Gliding Championship was once being held there, and because those have been the 1st gliders Charles had ever visible, he couldn’t hand over speaking approximately them.
There’s not anything to fret approximately even though. They haven’t even begun getting clear of the den. They’re nonetheless sleepy and gradual from hibernation. ” “Are you going to do whatever approximately them? ” “Well, I’ll most likely get a few dynamite later and blow up the den. something we don’t desire round here's a bunch of rattlesnakes. ” “Rattlers are very dangerous,” Charles stated. “Yeah. ” i assumed he used to be going to provide me a few evidence and data in regards to the lifestyles and conduct of rattlesnakes, yet as a substitute he shuddered.
You didn’t are looking to get him that evening within the hurricane. ” “The evening I virtually killed myself going after him? That evening? I’m now not Superman, you recognize, I’m just—” “You didn’t are looking to cross that evening and also you didn’t are looking to search for him after the typhoon, after which that day on the rattlesnake den, you—” “Now, simply carry on a minute,” I hollered. He close up simply because my voice had gotten loud as thunder. i wished to claim whatever then—he used to be listening—but for a few cause I iced up. All my existence I’ve been afflicted via no longer with the ability to say what i wished.