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 convinced 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 understands Charles is out of his point. but if a neighbor’s mare supplies delivery to a wonderful colt with wings, Charles and Coot become aware of 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 care of a legendary creature, specially while it may fly. Can Charles and Coot guard Alado—and every one other? This publication positive factors an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent photographs from the author’s own assortment.
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We rode on for a couple of extra miles. i used to be taking a look instantly forward on the highway. He used to be searching the window on the mountains. We handed a top known as Devil’s again. I stated, “I reckon this is often diversified from again East the place you have been at school. ” “Yes. ” We drove one other mile or , after which he stated without notice, “I’ve noticeable you within the video clips. ” I acknowledged, “What? ” simply because he had spoken genuine quiet. He grew to become his head towards me. “I’ve obvious you within the video clips. ” “Oh. ” there has been one other silence, after which he stated, “I specifically take into account you in a film known as wasteland Flame. ” “Well, that’s over now,” I stated. Up till this spring I have been in California doing stunts for western video clips. I have been doing stunts—or gags, as we name them—the greatest a part of my lifestyles, and that i can let you know that the stunts you spot within the video clips are genuine and they're harmful. There are methods, of course—fences and barn doorways made up of tender balsa wooden to wreck simply, floor that’s been dug up and softened, rubber hose stirrups—but lots of the horse stunts you spot aren't faked, and stunt horses must be designated animals. Charles stated, “You have been using a white horse. ” I stated, “Yeah. ” Then I additional back, “But that’s over now. ” i needed the dialog to finish. “Did the white horse belong to you? ” “Yeah. ” “What used to be his identify? ” “Cotton. ” i attempted to make a interval of the note. There’s a word stunt males have approximately horses—“the most sensible within the business”—and that appropriate Cotton. In a stunt horse temperament is the key, no longer seems to be, and that i had chanced on Cotton on his approach to the slaughterhouse due to a badly wounded leg. there has been anything concerning the horse that I beloved, and that i had taken him and commenced education him. First I permit him fall in a sawdust pit so he may get used to it; then I acquired him to fall whilst he was once strolling, then trotting, and at last to fall in a whole gallop, a stunning fall you’ve most likely obvious in a dozen video clips. possibly you be mindful the motion picture barren region Flame that Charles was once conversing approximately and the scene the place the white stallion falls within the wasteland. That used to be me and Cotton. I rode Cotton correct to the pinnacle of a dune, reared him, pretended to take a shot within the shoulder, fell backwards, and me and him rolled head over hoof the entire means down that dune with no bruising both of us. Stunt males nonetheless speak about that fall occasionally. “Do you continue to have that horse? ” Charles requested. “I’d prefer to see him. ” “No, I don’t have him any longer. ” “What occurred? ” I didn’t solution. “What occurred? ” he requested back. I stated, “Nothing,” and started to force a bit quicker. What occurred used to be whatever I couldn’t discuss. That spring Cotton and that i were taking a fall for a film referred to as vivid Glory. the autumn wasn’t something distinct, only a conflict scene, and we have been to come back towards the digital camera in a whole gallop and drop earlier than we received there. It wasn’t something strange. Cotton and that i had taken that very same fall dozens of occasions with neither folks the more severe for it. yet this one fall my timing was once off. It wasn’t off greater than a moment, yet we went down—not within the gentle drop quarter, yet past it—and crashed into the digital camera.