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VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Horses, A Mystery and Remarkable CharactersMarch 12, 2016VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Miralee Ferrell in her new book, Blue Ribbon Trail Ride Book Four in the Horses and Friends series published by David C. Cook gives us another adventure with Kate Ferris.
From the Back Cover: A horse scavenger hunt suddenly becomes filled with mystery and adventure
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 campa horse scavenger hunt! As local businesses donate money and prizes, Kate keeps the entry fees in her moms 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.
With Book Three I thought Ms. Ferrell had hit her best. I was wrong. Let me assure you far and away with this book Ms. Ferrell has outdone herself. This time up the spotlight is on Kates little brother, Pete, who has autism. In an effort for him to attend a special camp the gang stage a horse scavenger hunt. Once the money is stolen it is up to the team to solve who is responsible for the theft and return the missing money. This is a very interesting mystery that is going to keep you guessing. Kate, Tori and even Melissa are remarkable characters that you fall in love even more and root for to succeed. This is one exciting book that will keep you reading as fast as you can to keep up with the story. You and your kids are going to enjoy this book. I am hoping that there is a next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Book Tours for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Horses, friends, and mysteryFebruary 24, 2016MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3I've read hundreds of adult Christian fiction titles over the past twenty years, and while not all been hits with me, I can solidly state that Christian fiction, and all its subgenres, have attracted some talented writers. I think the genre has a dedicated group of followers and a demand for more stories.
It makes sense that those voracious readers might come from the body of younger readers that have "aged" into adult books. One would think then, that Christian fiction would have also developed a large body of teen, preteen, middle school, and elementary school fiction titles. I don't think that is true, so I was happy to see that Miralee Ferrell and David C. Cook publishers have created a mystery series called HORSES AND FRIENDS. When I was a school librarian, I could always count on having a group of horse crazy girls, somewhere between third and sixth grade. If I could get them interested in a series featuring horses, we were set for several months of eager reading. And many other girls trended toward mysteries or friendship series. So right off the bat, I think Ferrell has made some good choices in focus.
With all the bullying, and excessive focus on beauty, possessions, and technology in the child's world today, I commend Ferrell for developing characters who are thoughtfully kind and accepting. Thirteen year old Kate Ferris and her three besties decide that a trail ride would be a wonderful way to raise money to send Kate's autistic brother to a summer camp that the family can't afford on their own. Like an old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movie, they work together to get sponsors and set up the ride. But it appears all will be a failure when the antique tin box Kate's mother has been using to hold the entry fees is stolen. While the kids' attempts to solve the mystery of the missing money offers some humor (a forage through a hoarder's house and a bucket of manure used as a trap), it doesn't quite deliver the suspense that I've seen in other kid's mysteries. This book is number four in the series, so I am sure the ring of best friends is already strongly established by now, but even so, I think the friendship aspect clearly shines above the plot. Another strong quality to this book is the relationship between Kate and her parents. While many secular children's books (and television shows) depict the parents as buffoons, obsessed with their own lives, or simply missing, Kate's parents are there supporting the kids throughout the book. That said, they aren't hovering helicopters and there is room for the kids to make mistakes. As the book nears the end, it seems like everything just falls together too suddenly. The trail ride happens without really being covered much by the author, the thief comes forward and confesses, makes amends and the book ends. While this ending does give a good lesson on guilt and forgiveness, it seems slightly abrupt.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I find so many positives to commend. First and above all, I want there to be quality Christian reading choices for kids, like there are for adults. That demands walking a fine line between telling good story and "preachiness." From an early age, kids are sophisticated readers, and, in order to be genuine, stories must have a mix of strong characterization and compelling, believable plots. Somehow, action, humor or suspense or all need to be present. Ferrell has gotten some of that right in BLUE RIBBON TRAIL --the hayloft/computer/manure incident are clear evidence of that. Also true horse lovers will enjoy the chapter where Kate and her friends work on their jumping skills. But I felt the mystery aspect fell flat. Also I would like to point out that these titles feature 13 year old characters and are labeled middle school books, but I would have had a hard sell to any readers above early fifth grade in our school district. I really think these books hit a target age of 10 and 11 year olds. I am going to pass these books along to my 11 year old granddaughter (will be 12 in June) and hope she enjoys them. I fear I may be a year too late, as her reading interests have matured quite a bit recently. I received the four books in the series from Netgalley and the publisher. I was only required to review BLUE RIBBON TRAIL RIDE.
Laura of Harvest Lane CottageCarthage, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Christian novel for girls who like horsesFebruary 23, 2016Laura of Harvest Lane CottageCarthage, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
My daughter Amy is fourteen years old. She blogs at Living in Faith and Fun. When we received Books 1-4 of the junior fiction series Horses and Friends by Miralee Ferrell, she started reading. She finished the first book, then had to skip to the fourth book in order to read this by the review due date. I'll share some of her thoughts here.
I like the way Kate treats her autistic brother and how she doesn't get angry at him for being the way he is. No, she doesn't like the autism, but she doesn't blame Pete.
The story keeps moving. It doesn't stop. I think a girl who likes horses may enjoy this book, though I don't know if she would love it. Me, I probably won't read this series over and over. I never was a horse lover, but I do like horses. This story really sounded like it was written by a person who has been around horses a lot.
I don't like how the dialogue is written. It's hard to explain. It's a bit too modern day sounding. Some of the jokes and/or sarcasm could sound a little rude if taken wrong.
Overall, I think it's a pretty good book for girls 9 - 12.
I thought that this was a good book for girls who have passed the initial hump of learning to read chapter books. I think it's a second level chapter book series. I liked that the kids ultimately worked out their differences. It's a great Christian novel set for young ladies. The setting and the kids are wholesome. The amount of freedom to go to and fro is more than my kids have, but it's necessary in books. I really liked the closeness of Kate's family and the way they worked together to help with her brother's autism.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Blue Ribbon Trail Ride ~ Miralee FerrellFebruary 21, 2016debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is book #4 in the Horses and Friend series. As the series continues, this book is about Kate and her friends finding a way to raise money so her brother Pete (who has autism) may go to summer camp. They come up with the idea to have a scavenger hunt while being on horse back through the trails at Kate's farm. When the box that holds all the entry fee money and cash donations is stolen, Kate and her friends set out to solve who took it. The mystery of who took it and why, continues through the whole book. The book also introduces a new character that is very entertaining and I am sure will be in future books.
I would recommend this book to young readers and any one that loves horses. This whole series is a great read for any age. It is meant for young readers, however, the books have such great meaning that everyone will enjoy these stories.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exciting and Full of GraceFebruary 20, 2016Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this series! My nine year old also loves this series! Blue Ribbon Trail Ride continues the exploits of thirteen year old friends Kate, Tori, Colt, and Melissa. These kids continue to learn and grow with each story. They make mistakes and sometimes feelings get hurt. But there is always such a great lesson of kindness and forgiveness woven throughout each novel.
The set up for Blue Ribbon Trail Ride is such a great one. Kates little brother, Pete, has autism and the trail ride scavenger hunt will be a great way to earn money for him to attend a special camp. Each of these stories in this series does such a good job of illustrating Kates love for her brother. It doesnt mean that she isnt frustrated at times, but the way she wants what is best for Pete is inspiring.
The book also contains a mystery that will keep kids guessing right up to the end and wondering why someone would do what they did! Friendships deepen and new friends join the group. These kids work to include others and to try to be a good example of Gods love. I really enjoyed this story.
My nine year olds thoughts: I like that the trail ride is the first real thing they get to do to raise money other than boarding horses. I also really like that it is the first real book where Kate can trust that Melissa is her friend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.