Can't Be Tamed (Horse Country #1) (Paperback)

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The Horse Country series by Yamile Saied Mendez features a western horse therapy ranch and a diverse cast of characters who meet the many challenges of keeping a ranch running with a whole lot of heart. Perfect for the young horse lover in your life. The first two in the series, Can't be Tamed and Friends Like These, are out in the spring of 2022 and Where There's Smoke comes out in the fall.

— Rosanne


Welcome to Paradise Ranch, where everyone can get a second chance.

Carolina Aguasvivas grew up on Paradise Ranch, which she knows down to every last pony. But things are sure to change when the new owner's daughter, Chelsie Sánchez, sweeps in with an attitude and a feisty Thoroughbred named Velvet. The mare is skittish, headstrong, and hurt -- and Carolina is determined to ride her.

Chelsie, who considers herself too good to clean stalls, certainly doesn't seem like a real horse girl. Caro knows she's the only one who can help Velvet recover, and she's ready to prove it -- no matter what it takes.

The girls may discover they have more in common than they think... including a passion for bringing the healing power of horses to every kid.

About the Author

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is the author of Blizzard Besties, Random Acts of Kittens, Wish Upon a Stray, and many other books for young readers, including Furia, a Reese's YA Book Club selection and winner of a Pura Belpré YA Author Medal. She was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, and now lives in Utah with her family. A Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she is also a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Connect with her at

Praise For…

Praise for Horse Country #1: Can’t Be Tamed:

"The book's descriptions of ranch life are immersive and realistic. The thoughtful protagonist, who brings heartfelt passion and dedication to every aspect of caring for horses -- even the messiest parts -- will especially appeal to young animal lovers... An enjoyable read about horses, friendship, and second chances." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Maria Liatis's youthful, exuberant voice is perfect for this new juvenile series that will be embraced by horse lovers." -- Booklist, audio edition review

Praise for Wish Upon a Stray:

"An entertaining and endearing tale of resilience in the face of change and loss as well as the opportunities that can come when challenges are met. A sweet tale of dealing with estrangement and finding belonging." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338749465
ISBN-10: 1338749463
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Horse Country