Sunday, October 25, 2009

Book Review: Rimfire: The Barrel Racing Morgan Horse, by Ellen Feld

Rimfire: The Barrel Racing Morgan Horse, by Ellen Feld

Publisher: Willow Bend Publishing; First edition (September 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 097090021X
Rating (1 to 5 *): *****

Rimfire Book Review

Thanks to her good friend Chauncy, Heather has the privilege of owning and riding several beautiful and talented Morgan horses. After a family vacation to Oklahoma, she decides she must add a barrel racer to her collection. When she gets back home, she finds the perfect one for sale, Rimfire, but her parents won’t let her buy him unless she sells one of the horses she already has.

Unable to part with any of her precious horses, Heather turns to plan B and gets her friend Nicholas to buy Rimfire. He is gracious enough to share Rimfire with her, and the three of them have fun learning to barrel race together—that is, until a poor judgment call on Heather’s part threatens to ruin her friendship with Nicholas forever.

Ellen Feld’s series about Morgan horses continues in Rimfire, where she again tells a fun story filled with action, adventure, conflict and subtle life lessons…and of course, horses. Ms. Feld has a knack for creating realistic characters who have real-life desires and problems. The characters must work through their problems and find solutions, showing young readers that they can do the same thing—and make good things happen for themselves if they work hard enough at it.

Rimfire, like the other books in Feld’s Morgan Horse series (published by Willow Bend Publishing), is well written, entertaining, and a fun read. Each book is well researched, giving the reader a chance to learn about a new riding style—and get to know a new horse—with each story. Although they are written for middle schoolers, Rimfire and the other Morgan Horse books by Ellen Feld are great for horse lovers of all ages!

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