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 to the highest bidder.
What's the big deal? She's lived on a cattle farm forever. But, after a few months of preparing for the Practical County Fair, Libby finds that she is becoming more and more attached to her steers. When Libby's mother convinces her to enter the Beef Princess pageant, Libby realizes that she'll have to face off against the dreaded Darling sisters. Suddenly, everything related to the Practical County Fair feels like a big deal.
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.
Animal lovers, 4-H members, anyone who has lived among beautiful mid-western farms, or city-dwellers wanting to get a taste of farm living will love meeting 12- year old Libby Ryan in this delightful novel.
Check out Seventeen Magazine summer-reading recommendation of the book (and ignore their suggestion to buy it from Barnes & Noble, because you can buy it here at Beehive Books and have the author sign it!) http://www.seventeen.com/fun-stuff/17-buzz/michelle-houts-the-beef-princess-of-practical-county
Michelle Houts is an author, teacher, and lives on a farm in Mercer County, Ohio. Learn more about her and the book at Random House's website: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385735841
And you can even learn how to show a steer at Michelle's website: http://www.michellehouts.com/showsteer.php