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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 definite that books have taught him every 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 offers start to a wonderful colt with wings, Charles and Coot become aware of 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, particularly while it may fly. Can Charles and Coot safeguard Alado—and each one other? This book positive aspects an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent pictures from the author’s own assortment.

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