A Horse For Kate–
A horse of her own would be awesome. But Kate figures that might be a long way away, especially since she had to give up riding lessons and move to her late grandfather’s farm. Besides, it would be a lot more fun to have a best friend to ride with. When Kate discovers a barn on their new farm that’s perfect for a horse, and a dusty bridle too, she starts to think that her dream might come true. Then she meets Tori at school, who is totally the best. So when they discover a thoroughbred that appears to be all alone, could it be the answer to her prayers? Maybe. If she can convince her dad … and figure out what’s going on with that horse.
#2 Silver Spurs-
Kate’s dream of owning a horse has finally happened. But now her best friend Tori has no money to buy a horse. So Kate comes up with a plan—she’ll raise money by boarding horses and hosting a show in her family’s barn.
It seems the perfect solution until Melissa, the girl who disses Kate and Tori at school, shows up to board her horse, determined to compete in their show and win the silver spurs. Will their plan be ruined—or does God have something better in store for them all?
#3- Mystery Rider
In the third installment in the Horses and Friends series, thirteen-year-old Kate Ferris already has one problem. Snooty, well-to-do Melissa is boarding her horse at Kate’s family stable. When Melissa suddenly turns nice, Kate is shocked … and suspicious.
The last thing she needs is more trouble. So when a hooded rider appears—and then disappears—on a stunning black horse outside her home, Kate isn’t sure if Melissa is playing a trick or something more dangerous is going on. Either way, Kate and her friends will need an extra measure of faith and courage to solve this mystery.
#4-Blue Ribbon Trail Ride
Thirteen-year old Kate and her friends came up with the perfect way to raise money for her autistic younger brother and others to attend summer camp—a horse scavenger hunt! 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 along the Blue Ribbon Trail Ride.
I don’t know if every young girl is this way, but when I was younger, even though I didn’t really want to ride horses all the time, I wanted to read about them. Well, that and nurse stories. Gail’s Golden Filly, Green Grass of Wyoming, and Silver Birch were books that we sought out and read over and over.
But sometimes even the tamest of horse stories don’t always have the best of morals in them for young boys and girls. It is not so with these books. Miralee Ferrell has a great combo in these stories. These are family stories. The children are not perfect, they struggle, but they love one another. Kate’s brother has autism, they deal with a unfriendly people at school, and learn the consequences of real life in a level appropriate for ages 8-12. Some younger readers will enjoy the stories as well as older. I mean, obviously, I enjoyed them as an adult! I often think that a well written YA or middle school age book should interest adults as well.
If your boys or girls enjoy stories about horses with a little mystery in them, pick these up. They will be some that the whole family will enjoy!