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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Adventures in Reading: Blue Ribbon Trail Ride

I have always loved books and reading. I hope to pass this love on to my children! It will be years before Rebekah will be ready to read chapter books, but I know the time is coming and I want to be ready with a long list of quality chapter books for her to devour. 

I would like her to be reading stories that will encourage her, contain main characters that are good role models for her, and teach her positive lessons about dealing with real world situations. There are lots of chapter books out there for pre-teens that do not include these things. But I have discovered a series that does! (And I want to share it with you today!) 

The series is called Horses and Friends and it is 4 books written by Miralee Ferrell. I was given the opportunity to read the 4th book in the series by Litfuse Publishing. 

Blue Ribbon Trail Ride is the 4th book in the Horses and Friends series. 
Thirteen-year old Kate and her 3 friends have come up with the perfect way to raise money for Kate's autistic younger brother and others to attend summer camp—a horse scavenger hunt! Kate and her friends do all the planning, fund raising, and organizing. As local businesses donate money and prizes, Kate keeps the entry fees in her mom’s antique jewelry box. 

But when the box and the money disappear, Kate and her friends must unravel the clues, hold on to hope, and solve the mystery before the day of the trail ride. 

I would recommend this book and series for readers age 8-12 years old. While the story does include horses, it would be interesting for kids who are not especially drawn to horse stories. For anyone who is a horse enthusiast, this book will be a hit! All of the main characters come from different backgrounds (homeschooled/public school, single parent family, brother with autism) and provide a diverse group for different readers to connect with. The language used in the book is clean and the children are very good examples of respectful and obedient children. They model consequences for both positive and negative choices. Mystery, adventure, and horses make this book a great read for any tween! 

I was provided this book for free in exchange for my honest review. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review, and for taking the time to read my book. I truly appreciate it!! Miralee