Thirteen-year old Kate and her friends came up with the perfect way to raise money for her autistic younger brother and others to attend summer camp—a horse scavenger hunt! As local businesses donate money and prizes, Kate keeps the entry fees in her mom’s antique jewelry box.
But when the box and the money disappear, Kate and her friends must unravel the clues, hold on to hope, and solve the mystery along the Blue Ribbon Trail Ride.
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Blue ribbon trail ride
Friendship and the Lord leading in our lives even when things go wrong. Yes God is in control
Blue Ribbon Trail Ride by Miralee Ferrell is the fourth book in the Horses and Friends series. Kate Ferris (thirteen) and her friends, Colt, Melissa, and Tori have come up with a way to raise money so her autistic brother, Pete (and others like him) can attend a special summer camp. They are going to have a scavenger hunt trail ride. They have askes businesses in local towns to donate prizes and are collecting entry fees from the people who wish to participate. Kate’s mother, Nan is having them use a beautiful antique jewelry box as the cash box. Several people have commented on the beautiful box and even asked to purchase it, but it is not for sale. The kids collected quite a tidy sum when the box goes missing (with the money in it). The box was locked, but it was not hidden (it was in the barn office). Kate and her friends set out to find the culprit. Will they be able to find the box and the entry fee money (which will pay for Pete and other kids to attend a wonderful camp)?
Blue Ribbon Trail Ride is a cute story. It is nicely written with a good moral lesson (about forgiveness and helping others). I found the book to be engaging with a good (though simple) mystery. This is the perfect book for children and adults. I give Blue Ribbon Trail Ride 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of Blue Ribbon Trail Ride from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
What's better than horses and mysteries?
This is another fantastic book geared for middle school readers who love horses. There is also plenty of mystery and sleuthing. I found this book to be very reminiscent of Trixie Beldon which I read when I was growing up.
I really liked seeing how Kate has matured over the course of these books. Lessons she learned in earlier ones came up again. This time though she quickly remembered them and acted accordingly.
There is another newcomer to the core group of friends. I found him to be very amusing and yet a nice addition. Adding him gave Kate and her friends more room to grow and develop as they learned how to adjust to his quirks.
I would love to see more books written about these wonderful characters.
I received a free eBook copy of this story through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.