New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns, and a cat … all by themselves.
Juliette couldn’t help feeling excited, even though she’d have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service. Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy it’s hard to believe they’re for real—but it all happened exactly how it’s written.
Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lessons learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner.
|About the Contributor(s)||Juliette Turner
Eighteen-year-old Juliette Turner, author of Our Presidents Rock! (2014) and That’s Not Hay in My Hair (2016), is a college freshman and the National Youth Director of Constituting America. When she isn’t writing or on the speaking circuit, she can be found with her mother, actress Janine Turner, on their ranch caring for their four dogs, two cats, herd of longhorns, and four Angus cattle.
|Publish Date||Mar 8, 2016|
- Review by Fitzysmom
Life on the ranch is delightfully exaggerated. Why have just ordinary cattle when you can have a herd of longhorns? And why should you settle for one dog when you can have a whole pack of them? The wonderful chaos that surrounds life on the ranch is sure to make the reader laugh. Juliette's writing style is perfect for the tween reader.
I personally liked the interactions with the other characters. Jules' grandmother is a bossy flossy sort, but her grandfather is the perfect mate with his patient endurance. Meeting new friends can be nerve wracking but Jules winds up with some good ones.
Whether you're about to embark on a move or not, this would be the perfect summer read for your tween. The snappy dialogue and the zany situations are sure to keep your young reader engaged and entertained. The fact that the author is a teen herself should also inspire your kiddo that they could be a writer as well.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 6/14/2016)
- Review by Dianna
The story is about adjustments, making friends, learning something new and letting go. I can honestly say there was parts that brought tears to my eyes both from laughing and from sadness. But the story is good and the characters are realistic.
I love that these stories are based on Juliette's life. It makes it feel that much more real and you can totally relate to this girl.
The author is a very talented young lady and I look forward to more from her in her hopefully long career in writing.
I received a free copy from ZonderKidz in exchange for my honest opinion. (Posted on 5/18/2016)
- Review by Jackie
- Review by Penny
“That’s NOT Hay in My Hair” is a Christian fiction novel written by Juliette Turner who, by the way, is only seventeen years old and has already published two other books. They are “Our Constitution Rocks” and “Our Presidents Rock”… May I say, GOOD JOB JULIETTE!!
This novel begins in New York and culminates in Texas. The two main characters are Juliette (nicknamed Jules) and her mom. Jules had known city life as long as she could remember and was now going to be uprooted and moved to a ranch in Texas. On her last day of school her friends are all warning her of the snakes and scorpions, and man-eating cows, so, to say the least, she arrives in Texas TERRIFIED. She soon falls in love with the animals and the country, though.
This book isn’t suspenseful or romantic. It is just a sweet walk through a little girl’s introduction to the wide open country.
I liked it and would recommend it to young girls – or if you’re like me, sappy older women. :-D
(Posted on 4/14/2016)
- Review by Jalynn
Arriving at the ranch, things are already very exciting, with horses trying to run off and Longhorns about ready to have some babies. Jules begins to think it isn't going to be too bad, that is until she comes face to face with a snake. As they get settled in, they discover that things aren't always easy on the ranch. And some times, you are with fabulous chaos.
That's Not Hay In My Hair is a wonderful book. I loved how this book could have you laughing and crying from one minute to the next. I really enjoyed the adventure that Jules took us through. I hope to read many more books from this author really soon!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 3/18/2016)