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Realistic (fiction), 2,142 words, Level U (Grade 4), Lexile 640L
Samson: A Horse Story is written from the point of view of a ten-year-old girl's journal entries. She is devastated when her parents inherit a farm and she has to leave her friends to stay there for the summer. Not until she secretly reads her deceased aunt's journal does she realize the reason she's there. She grows to appreciate the farm as she becomes attached to Samson, the horse that was left to her. Illustrations support the text.
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