The Winged Colt of Casa Mia
There’s no such thing as a colt with wings—is there?
When Charles arrives at his Uncle Coot’s Texas ranch from back East, he’s sure that books have taught him everything he needs to know about horses. He wants to prove he’s a cowboy just like his uncle, a retired movie stunt rider, who knows Charles is out of his element. But when a neighbor’s mare gives birth to a miraculous colt with wings, Charles and Coot realize that they both have much more to learn. They grow to love the colt, named Alado, or “Winged One.” Still, it’s no easy feat caring for a mythical creature, especially when it can fly. Can Charles and Coot protect Alado—and each other? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
fast. You could turn him on a saddle blanket, and he was going like an arrow now, burning the earth. He shortened the distance to the colt fast. We went out in front of Alado, circled and came back to head him off. Confused, Alado paused. The howl came again—louder, closer. Alado threw up his head. Then he started forward, and I saw he was heading toward a mesquite thicket. I spun around and saw a low white form behind the mesquite. I lifted my gun just in case. Alado moved between me and
Sometimes all a horse needs is a familiar hand to help him do something he couldn’t do on his own. As I reached down, though, my hip gave way. It just buckled. I yelled, more with surprise than pain, and then I slipped down the slope. I hollered and scratched and grabbed at whatever I could find. I went wild for a moment. I knew that if I didn’t stop I would slip right off the cliff, take the colt with me, and both of us would end up on the rocks below. My fingers dug into the ground like steel
Betsy Byars (b. 1928) is an award-winning author of more than sixty books for children and young adults, including The Summer of the Swans (1970), which earned the prestigious Newbery Medal. Byars also received the National Book Award for The Night Swimmers (1980) and an Edgar Award for Wanted . . . Mud Blossom (1991), among many other accolades. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and she has fans all over the world. Byars was born Betsy Cromer in Charlotte, North Carolina.
to get away with that,” Mrs. Minney said. “There’s something wrong and I know it. And don’t think for a minute that you’re going to give me a few comforting phrases and walk out of this barn like you’re not responsible.” I leaned forward and looked again. “There are no wings on that colt.” Right when I was saying that in a loud voice, the colt gave a little sidestep, nuzzled up against his mother, and kind of lost his balance. That was when something came fluttering out from his sides. It was a
colt during those first weeks was written down. And if I’d stop for a minute he’d say, “How’re you doing, Uncle Coot? Is anything wrong?” I’d shake my head. “Nothing more than usual, Charles.” “What do you mean?” “I just mean that it’s not going to be as easy to train Alado as you’re thinking.” Alado was what Charles had named the colt because alado means “winged” in Spanish. “Oh, I know it’s not going to be easy, but you can do it. You’ve already haltered him.” “Yeah, but it’s almost like