A change of lifestyle can be exciting, but it can also bring adventures, problems and unexpected demands that can stretch you beyond your comfort zone.
That's certainly the scenario presented in 'That's Not Hay in my Hair.'
Yellow taxicabs driven by angry impatient drivers dotted Madison Avenue and the air was filled with a cacophony of blaring horns, shouting pedestrians and the muffled coos of street pigeons."
Jules, her writer mother, and a mixed assortment of pets change the cramped living quarters of a four-room New York apartment, with the accompanying dust, noise and frenetic activity, for a 300-acre ranch in Texas.
It's quite a change in lifestyle for Jules.. exciting, but also a little daunting, especially after a conversation with her school-mates.
What happens if you get bitten by a snake in the middle of the night? I heard you can start having a reaction within thirty minutes."
The challenge of this move increases in difficulty when Jules and her mother realise they will be running the ranch alone.
There's certainly no time to relax.
Jules has plenty to contend with running the ranch and the associated chores, plus an ongoing stream of troubles- snakes, bats, lost and injured animals, caring for cattle and horses, births of longhorn cattle and the difficulties of finding her feet and making new friends at a new school.
The book is written for 8-12 year-olds, and they will probably enjoy the farm life activities and adventures of Jules if they love horses or the outdoors.
But it's slow-moving and the plot is a little thin. The descriptions and expressions were a little trite or cliché. Apparently, it's based on real life experiences but all in all, I struggled to read the book to the end.
I would like to thank ZonderKids- Books for providing me with the opportunity to read, and review,
this book. (Copy provided for honest review through NetGalley.)
That's Not Hay in my Hair
-by Juliette Turner
RRP: $7.05 (Kindle $5.29)
Format: Paperback, Kindle
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