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 definite that books have taught him every little thing he must find out 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 supplies start to a magnificent 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 good care of a legendary creature, in particular while it could fly. Can Charles and Coot guard Alado—and every one other? This book positive aspects an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent photos from the author’s own assortment.

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There on my roof—” “Mrs. Minney, what used to be in your roof? ” She checked out me. “The winged colt. ” And whilst she stated that, she reached out and poked my chest so difficult i assumed there will be a spot left in my dermis for the remainder of my lifestyles, like a gap i've got in my leg the place a steer horned me. “The winged colt? ” She nodded. “But that couldn’t be. Mrs. Minney, the colt was once misplaced in a hurricane in August and we haven’t noticeable him due to the fact. ” “He was once on my roof final evening. ” “But, Mrs. Minney—” “He was once on my roof final evening, and once I observed him I known as Frank, and Frank stated that certainly one of us was once going to need to climb up and hold him down. ” i used to be so shocked I couldn’t communicate. “What looked as if it would have occurred, Mr. Cutter,” she went on, “was that the colt was once over at the mesa, and through the wind hurricane he bought blown onto our roof. He was once pathetic, scared as a rabbit. I acknowledged to Frank, ‘Well, if anybody’s going to climb up there it larger be me considering the fact that I’ve been mountaineering cliffs for 2 months now. ’” “And he agreed. ” She nodded. “So we obtained the ladder and that i begun up. A roof isn't really as friendly a spot as you’d imagine, i will let you know that. yet I inched over to the place the colt was once and that i grabbed. For a few cause, Mr. Cutter, even supposing I slipped over effortless as a snake, it scared him. And then—I inform you, Mr. Cutter, it makes my center cease to contemplate it even now—and then these wings got here out and the colt flew off the roof. It was once lousy. He flew to the floor and that i, having no wings, simply fell correct off like a sack of grain and lay there for twenty mins. ” “And the colt? ” “He used to be nice. He landed approximately twenty toes from the home. ” “Where is he now? ” I acknowledged quick. “Do you recognize? ” “By this time i used to be capable of wake up and cross within the house,” she persevered. “I obtained an apple and got here again and held it out to the colt. He came around within the gentle and he was once pitiful, Mr. Cutter, part starved. i may count number his ribs. ” “But the place is he now? ” “Later I stated to Frank, ‘I may still imagine that man’—meaning you—‘would take greater care of his animals than this. I may still imagine he could take care of his colts and never allow them to fly everywhere in the geographical region scaring humans out in their beds! ’” “Mrs. Minney, the place is the colt now? ” by way of this time i used to be able to take her and shake a solution out of her, like my grandad did to me while i used to be a boy and obtained a nickel stuck in my throat—just became me up and shook till it plopped out in entrance of all people in church. “Where is the colt? ” She checked out me. “The colt is in my barn. ” She held up one hand. “But ahead of you come back get him, i need a few insurance that this type of factor will not occur back. Frank and that i want our sleep at evening. we can't be crawling up on roofs to get colts in the course of the evening after which have them flying round the backyard like birds. ” “Yes’m. ” I wasn’t going to provide her an issue approximately whatever now. “And so I’m going to invite to your promise that this isn't going to ensue back. ” “I promise. ” She checked out me tough, after which she nodded. “I’m going to offer you yet one more probability, Mr.

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