The first in this series about horses and friends for young readers finds twelve year old Kate on her way to Oregon. Her dad had lost his job in Spokane and the family was moving to the farm Kate's mom had inherited. Kate hated leaving all her friends but her dad had found a job there too so she would make the best of it.
As the family arrives at the farm, Kate spies the barn. She wants a horse so bad but she knows money is tight. And then there is the money needed for the special teacher for her autistic brother, Peter.
Kate experiences the pressure of being a new kid at school. There are many Hispanic students and Kate feels a little out of place. One of the Hispanic girls tentatively approaches Kate and that is the beginning of a good friendship.
There is much to entertain young readers in this novel. Kate learns about the cost of loyalty in friendship. She also faces the possible cost to her dream by being honest and not lying. Her friend, Tori, learns about pushing beyond fear to do the right thing. The characters are well crafted and the story held my interest. I recommend this novel for girls, aged 8 – 12, who like horses.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
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, 208 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.