Ride On – book review

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Ride On
by Faith Erin Hicks
Graphic Novel
Realistic Fiction
* * * * Stars (Great!)

No one is more curious about the newest rider (she’s really good!) at Edgewood Stables than Norrie. But when the new girl gives her a serious brush off, Norrie vows to SHUN her. Her friends Sam and Hazel go along with her, until new girl (Victoria) decides she wants to make amends. She apologizes and gradually shares some of her experiences at her previous barn, where her best friend made her feel terrible for not being as into horses and riding as she once was (Victoria has other interests she wants to explore and her equestrian dreams have been sort of sidelined because horses and lessons and showing is EXPENSIVE). They all bond over a shared love of an old sci-fi TV series that’s getting a new movie AND training the new lesson horse, Winter, to compete in an upcoming horse show. This is a good one especially for horse lovers, but anyone who has experienced the pain of friendships that diverge/growing apart will be able to relate. Plus, fandoms! For tweens (grades 5+).

Reviewed by YA Librarian