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The golden pasture
Thomas, Joyce Carol.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1986.
Physical Description:
136 pages ; 18 cm
The exquisite horse twelve-year-old Carl Lee finds on his grandfather's farm one summer helps him to understand his difficult father better.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 5.9 8 Quiz: 04618 Guided reading level: NR.
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The exquisite horse twelve-year-old Carl Lee finds on his grandfather's farm one summer helps him to understand his difficult father better.

Author Notes

Joyce Carol Thomas was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma in May 1938. She received a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in education. She was a poet, playwright, and children's book author. Her first young-adult novel, Marked by Fire, was published in 1982 and won the National Book Award for children's fiction in 1983. Her other young adult novels include Bright Shadow and House of Light. Her illustrated poetry collections include The Blacker the Berry and Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, both of which were honored by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. In 1987, Marked by Fire was adapted into a gospel musical Abyssinia. She died from cirrhosis of the liver August 13, 2016 at the age of 78.

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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The author of Marked By Fire has created a spirited, lyrical tale with a memorable cast of characters. Carl Lee, the son of a Cherokee mother (whom he has never known) and a black father, who is distant and unpredictable, has always felt closest to Gray Jefferson, his father's father, and often spends summers with him on his ranch, Golden Pasture. An ex-rodeo star, Gray is full of stories, and has plenty of time for his grandson. The summer that Carl Lee is 12, Gray tells him he may enter the Boley rodeo if he's prepared. Carl Lee rescues an injured Appaloosa and then surprises his grandfather by being able to ride the wild animal. The boy rides the horse in the rodeo, and on his day of triumph the past and the present come together in a stirring event that also reunites father and son. The end to Thomas's story may be no surprise, but readers will stay with her fast-paced story. Thomas is a weaver of words, combining just the right ones to create a loving picture of three generations. (12-up) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up Thomas tells with poetic, pictorial simplicity the fable-like ``growing up'' story of Carlton Lee Jefferson, a 12-year-old boy of black and Cherokee heritage, and of his complex relationships with his black father and grandfather and a beautiful ``raindrop'' Appaloosa rodeo horse. The contemporary setting is the ``Golden Pasture'' ranchland near Ponca City, Oklahoma; Thomas' love for this part of Oklahoma and empathy for her well-delineated characters emerge as she tells a story that has as its heart the idea that ``we can't build a fence around our feelings or the people we love.'' Such a fence of anger has isolated Samuel Jefferson from his father, Grayson, due to a rodeo incident involving the Appaloosa, and from Carl Lee because of the abandonmentpossibly by deathof the child by his mother. By the book's end, Carl Lee has performed in the local rodeo with the Appaloosa, and reconciliation with Samuel is about to take place. Some readers may feel that the apocalyptic-like climax of the book is somewhat contrived, but the story's tinges of realism and excellent characterization make the book a delight to read. David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School Library, Wash. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.