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Summary: Mary and Jody are best friends. They spend all of their free time at Lucky Foot Stable where they board, care for, and ride their ponies, Gypsy and Lady. They are an adventurous pair of adolescent girls who are always looking for excitement for themselves and their ponies. This is a chapter book for teen readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 6 to 12
Reading Level: 5.5
Young Reader Reaction: pending
Adult Reader Reaction: The girls' exploits make for exciting and enjoyable reading.
Pros: This is a wholesome and well written story. The reader will quickly be caught up in the excitement by the personalities of the two heroines and remain glued to the pages because the adventures are exciting and believable.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Especially for adolescent girls who are equestrians, or who have an interest in horses, or who just like stories about young girls. It would be a valuable and well used selection for the classroom, school, or public library.
Educational Themes: This work highlights the fun and excitement of horseback riding. It shows how lasting friendship is formed and nurtured. Along with the fun and adventure, the book emphasizes the time, effort, sacrifice and responsibility required of horse owners to keep their horses fit and healthy.
Notes: WINNER: 2008 Gold Recipient: Fiction, Moms Choice Award. Finalist for: the Independent Publishers Award, Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year, and a Ben Franklin Award