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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 certain that books have taught him every little 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 is familiar with Charles is out of his aspect. but if a neighbor’s mare offers beginning to a mind-blowing colt with wings, Charles and Coot notice that they either have even more to profit. They develop to like the colt, named Alado, or “Winged One.” nonetheless, it’s no effortless feat taking good care of a legendary creature, particularly while it could fly. Can Charles and Coot guard Alado—and every one other? This booklet positive aspects an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent photos from the author’s own assortment.

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And that i saddled Clay and rode off back. “Good good fortune, Uncle Coot,” he referred to as. “Right. ” via the top of the week he was once nonetheless calling “Good good fortune” as I rode off, yet success used to be operating out. I had long gone over my ranch and lots of the land past, and that i had discovered each horse and colt yet Alado. i used to be maintaining my eye at the sky now, looking ahead to vultures greater than anything. i discovered myself puzzling over a scene in an previous motion picture referred to as The pink Pony. during this scene vultures flew down and ate the useless pony. the way in which they did that was once to tie strips of uncooked meat onto a dummy pony. Then they bought a few genuine hungry vultures and allow them to unfastened, and the vultures flew correct down in entrance of the cameras and commenced to rip off items of flesh. It was once a real-looking scene, and it saved flashing out and in of my brain as I rode. by means of now I knew I wasn’t going to discover Alado. I figured he had died someplace up within the mountains or drowned in a single of the fast streams that shape within the arroyos after a heavy rain. the one benefit of the location was once that Alado were weaned, so he would possibly not starve to dying; that's, if he was once nonetheless alive. I stored taking a look lengthy after I knew there has been no desire, simply because in my very own manner I felt as undesirable approximately wasting the colt as Charles did. Alado hadn’t been my complete existence, in fact, the best way he’d been with Charles, yet I convinced hated it that he was once long gone. there has been another factor too. Charles had loads of self assurance in me, within the indisputable fact that i'd locate the colt. He stored announcing many times, “You’ll locate him. i do know you will,” and that i may perhaps see he believed it. once or twice I stated, “Look, possibly i will locate him, yet much more likely I can’t, Charles. ” He could continually solution, “You can. Uncle Coot, you are able to do whatever. ” eventually, notwithstanding, I needed to hand over. I didn’t say whatever, yet one morning on the time I frequently saddled Clay and went off, i began solving the fence as an alternative. Charles got here working out and cried, “Uncle Coot! ” I stated, “What? ” I checked out him yet I didn’t cease operating. “Aren’t you going out to appear for Alado? ” He paused, and that i couldn’t see his eyes as the solar used to be shining on his glasses. to inform you the reality i used to be comfortable of it. i finished what i used to be doing and stated, “Charles, glance, i would like to provide an explanation for anything to you. ” “Aren’t you going? ” i assumed without warning how i have to have appeared status there—not an important guy, dusty, scarred face, leaning to desire my bum hip. I puzzled why he couldn’t see me like i used to be. He had instructed me as soon as the 1st time he ever observed me used to be within the videos, and that i was once jumping a forty-foot canyon. I reckon an impact like that remains with a boy. I rubbed the scar on my cheek. “Now, take heed to me, Charles,” I stated. “Are you going or now not? ” I paused and permit my breath out in a low sigh. Then I acknowledged, “No. ” He shifted and the glare left his glasses, and that i may possibly see his eyes then. they'd a clean glance as though he damage too undesirable to appreciate what used to be taking place. “Charles, I’m now not giving up simply because I don’t are looking to locate the colt. Don’t imagine that. It’s simply little need. I’ve long gone over each mile of flooring ten occasions and—” “You don’t need to clarify.

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