Page Count: 117
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SKY RIDER is an exciting juvenile mystery for the horsey set from the multiple award-winning author, Nancy Springer, who mixes a little supernatural into the storyline.
We meet our heroine, the 14yr old Dusty, who hates her life – she suffers constantly from chronic back pain, the result of a horrendous driving accident caused by her drunken father. She also misses her deceased mother, and the four-legged love of her life, her champion showjumper Tazz, is about to be put down due to severe hoof pain. Suddenly Dusty’s life takes a 180 degree sharp turn when a handsome albeit enraged boy turns up just as she is grooming Tazz for one final time, offering an otherworldly solution to the horse’s health problems. Dusty accepts but after the boy disappears with her horse, she realizes the mysterious stranger is actually Skye Ryder, a lad who was supposedly killed in a bizarre accident on her father's property; so is this his ghost come back for revenge and what has he done with Tazz?
The story gallops along at a fast pace and is sure to engage and entertain teen readers, especially with the satisfying, although somewhat predictable for us jaded oldies, conclusion.
Nancy Springer is the award-winning author of more than fifty books spanning fantasy, mystery, magic realism, and more. She currently lives in the Florida Panhandle, where she rescues feral cats and enjoys the vibrant wildlife of the wetlands.
Reviewed by Glenda Fordham