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The Beef Princess of Practical Countyby Michelle Houts
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After years of waiting, it is finally Libby Ryan’s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair. Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family’s cattle farm, in hopes of winning the annual steer competition. Against her father’s advice, Libby gives the calves names, even though both steers will eventually be auctioned off. After a few months of preparing for the Practical County Fair, Libby finds that she is growing closer to her steers with each passing day, and the pressure to win Grand Champion is mounting.
Luckily, Libby can count on her best friend to get her through most of the county fair chaos. Yet once reality sets in and she realizes that her steers will soon be sold to the highest bidder, the chaos in Libby’s heart becomes
too much to bear.
Michelle Houts lives on a grain and livestock farm in West Central Ohio with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
Twelve-year-old Libby, the daughter of an Indiana cattle farmer, raises two calves in hopes of winning the annual steer competition at the county fair, but fails to follow her father's warning about developing a bond with animals that are destined to be sold at auction.
Table of Contents
Granddad's pasture — Fair calves don't need names — Meet the darlings — Stubborn as a mule — Autumn surprise — Soup for Thanksgiving — Christmas at Ryansmeade — Learning to walk — Jung Chow's and a really bad idea — The day that never should have happened — Thinking practically — This little piggy went to market — Feathers and fluffy stuff — The clock started ticking — A girl thing — Independence Day — Avocado and alfalfa sprouts — Granddad's secret — Another man's treasure — Off to the fair — A very long day — A strange encounter — Chaos in the ring — A fair fight — The final drive — The end of an era — Going, going — The future of Ryansmeade.
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