Review: BLUE RIBBON TRAIL RIDE / Miralee Ferrell

Blue Ribbon Trail Ride, / by Miralee Ferrell. (Horse and Friends, 4)
David C. Cook     ISBN 9781434707369
INT (MS)     Grades 3-7     Rating: 4

blue ribbon trail ride

Miralee Ferrell., adult historical fiction author, presents the fourth book in her series especially for horse-loving preteens.

In Blue Ribbon Trail Ride, thirteen-year-old Kate wants to help her brother and others attend a summer camp. Her fundraising idea is to hold a scavenger hunt using horseback riders and their property. Katie and her friends ask local businesses to donate and sponsor prizes. It seems her efforts to help her autistic brother are paying off.

Then her mother’s antique jewelry box disappears – the one that held the entry fees for the hunt. They try their hand at solving the mystery of the missing money, but will they find it before the Blue Ribbon Trail Ride?

Miralee Ferrell’s love for horses is evident in her stories. More character-driven than plot-driven, Ferrell’s books focus on Kate and the challenges she faces every day. Kate is a normal teen who struggles with her attitude, and prays for God to help her. The spiritual tone of the books is light, not preachy.

Told from Kate’s perspective but mostly in a third-person, parents will welcome Kate as a role model. Her friends include a homeschool boy who is just a friend and a Latina girl who is her best friend. Ferrell’s book has Kate’s reflections to help the reader learn from Kate’s experiences.

Recommended for school and public libraries, especially for fans of Dandi Daley Mackall.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. 

–reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2016.