I got Blue Ribbon Trail Ride (Horses and Friends) by Miralee Ferrell because I love horses and I thought that it might be nice to read and then share with my son. Either way, the book and the series sounded really interesting for me to read too but this was intended to be for children (and not the adult audience that they were getting for this review). I figured that I had to read them first before I even approached by son with them but I was totally into the whole series!!!
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.
The book was another great story in the series that the group of friends overheard that the there was a camp that Pete, autistic brother to Kate, could go to but the family didn't have enough money to do it. The kids take off and decide to raise the money with a trail ride scavenger hunt. The money from the registrations will be used to send a few kids to camp while the prizes will be donated from the local businesses. The kids do all the work on the project and there are some pitfalls like loosing the entry fees and her mom's family heirloom jewelry box. It is a great story telling kids that they can do anything. At the end, the person who stole the jewelry box comes back to return it expecting that he will be taken by the police but the family takes another path. I might not agree fully with the message that this decision sends to the kids. I understand that it is still a positive message but I think that parents should read this with the kids or before so that you can discuss the different values in this book. The only bad thing that I can say is that all of the other books had recipes at the end and this book had directions on doing a scavenger hunt...which I guess makes sense but I was interested in the recipe for the snickerdoodles that they made. I don't think that stopped me from loving the book and I hope that you check it out for yourself or your kids. I think that you will enjoy it as much as I did.
**I was given a copy of the book for my review. All opinions here are my own.