I was wondering how Alison Hart would pull this off, but she wastes no time in bringing us up to speed with thirteen-year-old Jas, whose beloved show jumping mare, Whirlwind was unexpectedly found dead. After attacking the man who wrongly accused her grandfather of the deed, Jas is sent to live at a foster home, while her grandfather recovers from a stroke in a nursing home.
But when Jas finds out Whirlwind is actually alive, nothing can stop her from finding the mare, even if it threatens everything she holds dear and puts her own life in danger.
This fast moving mystery has plenty to say about animal abuse, horse swindlers with no morals, and the nitty-gritty of horse care. It is filled with great human and animal characters, details (from a rescue ranch to an elite horse ranch where no expense is spared but the horses live in isolation) with even a teenage romance thrown in. What's not to like?
For more about Alison Hart - please visit her website here, read my interview with her here, and read another review of WHIRLWIND here.
So now for the contest. To win an autographed copy of WHIRLWIND, here's how to do it:
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I'll calculate all your points and have a random drawing on June 5th, 2010.
Good luck, everyone!