________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 18 . . . . May 10, 2002

cover Sky Horse. (Mustang Mountain #1).

Sharon Siamon.
Vancouver, BC: Whitecap Books, 2001.
144 pp., pbk., $8.95.
ISBN 1-55285-263-8.

Grades 4-7 /Ages 9-12.

Review by Betsy Fraser.

*** /4

excerpt:

"My head's okay, but I think I might have broken my wrist." Jesse winced as he tried the door handle. "We have to get those horses out. Alison, go around and open my door."

Why me? Alison asked. "It's raining!"

"Because you're sittin' next to the door," Jesse said with a twisted grin. "And if you think the rain is bad, get ready for worse. Here comes the snow."

Becky is not thrilled when her parents move to the remote Mustang Mountain Ranch, thereby putting her firmly out of reach of anything that she terms civilization. She sees the impending and unexpected arrival of her snobby cousin Alison as a lifeline back to the real world and reprieve from the horses at the ranch. Alison, on the other hand, is being shipped off to the Rocky Mountains by her mother to get her out of the way and to free her parents up to go away for the summer. In order to get Alison's agreement to go, Alison's mother agrees to send her friend Meg along with her. Meg does not have Alison's rich background or ease with fancy riding that Alison has, but she is thrilled to do anything that will get her anywhere around horses. The three girls undergo a fast-paced adventure complete with an unexpected blizzard, plane crash and a bear attack. All three girls pull together and manage to overcome their initial misgivings about the summer and each other in the face of several ongoing crises that will keep readers turning the pages of this light and enjoyable book.

Recommended.

Long before becoming the Youth Services Librarian at the Calgary Public Library, Betsy Fraser spent several summers at Pony Club camp.

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