Sunday, June 6, 2010
The Saddle Club series are fun reads, even if you're not a teen!
This one, Stable Groom, by Bonnie Bryant, is a play on words. The stable groom, Red, is verbally abused by a self-absorbed rider, Veronica (as seen on the cover). The soon-to-be-married groom, Max, is in charge of the stable but distracted during lessons.
Secrets abound at Pine Hollow Stables, some created by the Saddle Club girls (Lisa, Stevie and Carole) and some surprise them! But their intentions are always good, even if they leave chaos in their wake.
What I like is the realistic horsey setting that subtly teaches young readers, yet the characters and plot make you laugh. This one was published in 1995, but is very relevant today.