Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Silver Spurs by Miralee Ferrell

This is the second in the Horses and Friends series and is another great story for young readers.

Kate begs her parents to make their farm into a boarding stable with a trainer. They make sure she understands it will be lots of work and that's OK with her. Once the business is up and running, disaster strikes when a mean girl from school boards her horse. Then the family is offered the opportunity to have a competition at their farm. A freak windstorm causes a tree to crash down on the fence, breaking it and some of the new jumps. The future looks dim.

I continue to be impressed with the lessons that are found in this series. In this one, Kate succumbs to a bit of sibling jealousy. Her autistic brother requires so much attention and their parent's money. Kate has to learn to trust that her parents will do what's best for her too. Another lesson is about anger. Sometimes we get mad at someone for their behavior when we don't know their story. Kate has a revealing experience that helps explain the mean girl's behavior and Kate is much more sympathetic after it. Another lesson Kate learns is about responsibility. Cleaning the horse stalls is hard work and she get's tired of it. Kate also learns about loyalty among friends and about sacrificing so someone else can do their best.

The story is entertaining and great at revealing lots of good moral lessons for young readers. I highly recommend it for girls aged 8 - 12 who like horses.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

You can read my review of A Horse for Kate here.

Miralee Ferrell is an award-winning author of sixteen novels. She is a speaker and licensed minister counseling hurting women. She and her husband live along the Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State. You can find out more at http://miraleeferrell.com/

David C Cook, 240 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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