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Ridgeview Riding Club

Team Challenge

Jessica Coulson has worked to make Annie Boyd's life miserable ever since Annie moved to Ridgeview and joined the riding club. Now that the annual Games Day is looming, Jessica is even more determined to make sure Annie knows she doesn't fit in. Annie's desperate to be on the Games Day team, but is it even worth trying when Jessica can be so mean?

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 4-5
Interest LevelGrades 4-8
Lexile Level690L
ATOS Level4.5
AR Points2
AR Quiz #134678
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandRidgeview Riding Club
Page Dimensions5.25" x 7.5"
Page Count144
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $25.32 School/Library Price

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Manga Maniac Cafe - Julie

"Annie and Bobby are back, and this time, they are gearing up for the annual Game Day! Game Day pits rival equestrian teams against each other, and they compete in speed events. Though Annie is still a beginning rider, she is desperate to be on the team. The only problem – there are only a couple of spots, and Annie might not be measure up to the other riders who are trying out for a spot on the team. A lot of the older riders want to compete, as do Reese and Matt. When Jessica decides to be on the team, too, Annie is determined to try her best beat Jessica for a spot. Does she have what it takes to earn it? This was another wonderful installment of the Ridgeview Riding Club series. Annie has come a long way with her riding skills, but she is still a newbie compared everyone else. Annie’s got heart, though, and she has something else that is equally important – she’s got a horse that has been there and done it all. It doesn’t take much to fluster him, but when he does shy away from some of the props used in the games, Annie shows the patience to get him through his spooks. This happens all the time with horses. They have tiny little walnut-sized brains, and they need to utilize most of their grey matter to just stand upright. They are silly creatures, easily given into that fight but mostly run away as fast as you possibly can mentality. I think of it like this; the horse is going to save itself, and if you can hang on, it will save you, too! It doesn’t matter that it is running away from an empty plastic bag or a plastic water bottle. They are equally threatening, so you need to be prepared at all times! I like that Annie isn’t panicking as much when these unexpected incidents occur. It’s part of a life with horses. So is the feeling of not being good enough and constantly second-guessing your riding abilities. That’s part of learning. Accepting that you are making a mistake, or not giving it your all, are a part of learning how to do anything new. If you are determined and dedicated enough, you will improve at any new endeavor. It takes patience, and a willingness to practice. This is why Annie will be a more accomplished rider than Jessica ever will. Jessica isn’t willing to work for anything, and she’s never had to. Annie has to struggle and work hard for everything that she wants. Don’t forget that she’s got that awful dad who thinks that sheep make wonderful companions for kids. Er, yeah. Annie also has to deal with friendship issues in this volume. When Jade and Reese are introduced, they don’t hit it off. At. All. Suddenly, Annie’s peaceful weekend dissolves away as her two best friends bicker and sneer at each other. In addition to keeping her focus on her riding, now Annie has to deal with the conflict between the other girls. I don’t think I liked Jade or Reese in Team Challenge. They were both behaving like a bunch of babies, and I’m surprised Annie didn’t just wash her hands of them. And this, unfortunately, is the last Ridgeview Riding Club review that I’ll be writing for a while. None of the libraries in my network have any of the other four volumes. At least Team Challenge wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion, and I enjoyed the time I have spent with Annie and Bobby." - Manga Maniac Cafe

January 14, 2011

Bernadette Kelly

Bernadette Kelly

While growing up, Bernadette Kelly desperately wanted her own horse. Although she rode other people's horses, she didn't get one of her own until she was an adult. Many years later, she is still obsessed with horses. Luckily, she lives in the country where there is plenty of room for her four-legged friends. When she's not writing or working with her horses, Bernadette takes her two children to pony club competitions.

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