Monday, July 10, 2017

At Top Speed (Quartz Creek Ranch #1) by Kiersi Burkhart –OPTIONAL

Nowinski, Hanna Meg and Linus 232 pgs. Darby Creek (Lerner) 2017. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G  Violence: G

Ella is excited to go to horseback riding camp. But the other campers are not that easy to get along with, especially her roommate Jordan. Even worse, when she is assigned a horse, it doesn’t seem to mind her. It feels like her summer is going to be a disaster and her temper may get the best of her.

Of course, there are many student readers who are going through a horse obsession, like I myself did. Having some horse books in the collection seems like a must have, but I just didn’t care for this book. The characters are SO unloveable and hard to connect with, I just felt irritated and found myself feeling bad for the grownups in the book. If a reader can make it past this lengthy section, they will love the well written horseback riding and the mostly realistic evolution of the main character. The cover would be a huge draw.

EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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