David C. Cook, Jun 1 2015, $14.99
Due to extended unemployment, teenager Kate Ferris’ parents moved the family from Spokane to her late maternal Grandpa Cooper’s farm in ODell, Oregon. In her new home, her dream of A Horse for Kate soon comes true. Now, Kate wishes that her BFF Tori Velasquez also obtains a horse of her own.
To raise money for Tori’s horse, Kate, assisted by her best friend, takes on boarders. The work is difficult, but made exponentially more stressful when the school’s queen of mean Melissa brings her horse to stay at the Ferris barn and compete in a contest in which the winner receives Silver Spurs.
Tweeners, especially those who previously read A Horse for Kate, will relish the second Horses and Friends inspirational tale because each of the lead female trio comes across as genuine with differing personalities emphasized by how they relate with one another and with their horses. Kate keeps the plot focused as she pursues what she wants now while asking God to intervene or at least guide her to her goal; but Melissa steals the show.