Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wild Girl By Patricia Reilly Gif
Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Gif is a young adult novel set in the racing world.
Wow! What a great story! The protagonist, Lidie, is a lovable character and not just because she's horse crazy. The emotional turmoil is heartbreaking at times when she leaves her native Brazil and moves to Queens, NY to be with her father and brother who work at a racing stable. They still think she is a seven-year-old who loves Snow White, while Lidia is 12 and, unknown to her father and brother, rides very well. Being at a new school where no one understands her language, and she knows very little English, Lidia is overwhelmed.
A new horse at the stable named Wild Girl (Lidia's dead mother's nickname for her as well) helps her overcome all the new obstacles and bring the family together.
This is a "must read" for all young readers and horse lovers of all ages.
See more about the author at http://www.randomhouse.com/features/patriciareillygiff/patriciagiff.htm