David C. Cook, Sep 1 2015, $7.99
In ODell, Oregon teens BFFs Tori, Colt and to a much lesser degree of acceptance Kate welcome former adversary Melissa as a friend. While Tori and Colt have no ill-will or doubt towards the newest horse-riding musketeer, Kate remains suspicious of her former rival’s intentions.
At the same time that Kate is a doubting Thomasina re Melissa, the quartet notices a hooded horse-person on a black steed riding at night near the Ferris’ barn. Perplexed and concerned the buddies seek the identity of the rider and to learn the reasons he or she conceals her face and why that person is on Ferris property.
Middle school fans will appreciate the third “Horses and Friends” juvenile inspirational drama (see A Horse for Kate and Silver Spurs) as the terrific threesome ostensibly becomes a fearsome foursome. The action-packed Mystery Rider subplot provides the suspense, but it is the changing dynamic between once and maybe still enemies that that brings reflective morality to the superb saga.