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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Saddle Club(R) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reissue edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553484028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553484021
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The first of the four-book Saddle Club series introduces readers to Pine Hollow Stables and the girls who ride there: Stevie, Lisa, Veronica and Carole. Aspiring equestrians will enjoy the novel's wealth of detailed, accurate horse lore. Unfortunately, the convincing riding scenes are linked together by a predictable story line that drifts aimlessly between Stevie's efforts to earn money for an overnight trail ride and the difficulties Lisa encounters when she tries to make friends at the stable. Much of this action is curiously motiveless: Why, for instance, is Lisa's domineering mother so eager to push her daughter into riding lessons? And what, if anything, is the real reason for spoiled rich-girl Veronica's nastiness? Even horse-crazy readers may lose patience with this cavalier treatment of the story's human elements. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Twelve-year-olds Carole Hanson and Stevie Lake have been best friends ever since they met at Pine Hollow Stables. So when thirteen-year-old Lisa Atwood shows up for her first lesson dressed in fancy riding gear--and acting chummy with the snobbiest girl in town--the girls aren't sure she'll fit in. But Lisa soon shows herself to be a quick learner, and Carole and Stevie can't help but admire her natural riding talents. Soon the three girls are fast friends.

Over sundaes at their favorite ice cream shop, the girls begin to make plans for the MTO, the long-awaited Mountain Trail Overnight campout for the students of Pine Hollow. There's just one problem: Stevie's parents won't pay for it unless she improves her grades. There's no way Stevie will miss out on this wonderful trip with her friends, so she decides to start her own business--with a little help from a surprising source! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

They love horses so much, that they formed The Saddle Club.
Joy Laughlin (horsey@redshift.com)
I would recommend this book to all horse lovers and girls how love the power of friendship and don't just stop here you should definitely read the whole series!!!
Rhonda Thompson
The stories are quick, light reads, great for a day when you just want to relax with a book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
It's the start of a wonderful series of books. Yes it may start boring but it is the foundations of a really GREAT EXCELLENT SERIES. Read it if you love horses and the you could read any of the othe saddle club books, some sad, some fun, daring and dangerous, racing, western, showjumping, camps, runaways, fox hunts, and lots more. IT FILLS MY SHELF!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
lisa atwood is starting to take riding lessons. She meets a girl named Carole Hanson. She thinks Carole is nice but she doesn't like Carole's friend Stevie Lake. Stevie has problems of her own. Evey year Pine Hollow Stables goes on a mountain trail over night. Stevie's grades are slipping and her parents threaten not to pay for the overnight. Steivie tries raising the money on her own but when she finally gets enough she spends it all. Meanwhile Lisa has no friends except for the stable snob and Carole is woried she will have to go on the overnight without Stevie. Then the three girls come together to help eachother. This is an amazing book! So is the rest of the series! Some bring unstoppable tears while others bring fits of laughter. Every time I read a saddle club book I feel like I am right there with th characters! I strongly reccomend this series to all horse lovers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria on February 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Saddle up for great riding-with the girls of Pine Hollow! This book is just great and once you read this book, you'll want to read the other books in the Saddle Club series!
12-year-olds Carole Hanson and Stevie Lake have been the best of friends ever since they met at Pine Hollow Stables where they and other girls take riding classes. Carole Hanson is a girl who had been raised in the Marine Corps and she just loves horses! Stevie Lake comes from a wealthy family but is not in the least spoiled. She just loves practical jokes and of course, she loves horses too! So when snobby-looking, straight-A student, Lisa Atwood comes to Pine Hollow in fancy riding gear, they aren't really sure that Lisa will fit in. Lisa is not really spoilt but her worrying mother always tries to make her into a 'young lady'. Mrs. Atwood thinks that every 'young lady' needs to know how to ride, but Lisa isn't really crazy about riding and horses.....yet.And things don't get any better when Stevie plays a rather mean joke on Lisa, calling it as 'one of the traditions' of Pine Hollow. Lisa, in return, plays an equally rather mean joke on Stevie and they become more like enemies instead of friends.
Lisa soon shows herself to be a quick learner and she finds out that she actually likes horses and riding. But she is still friendless..until Carole invites her to come to her favorite ice cream shop. Soon, Stevie, Carole, and Lisa becomes fast friends.
They start making plans for the MTO, the long-awaited Mountain Trail Overnight campout for the students of Pine Hollow. But, things aren't looking good when Stevie's parents tells her that unless she improves her grades, they won't pay for it. And Lisa doesn't really think that her mother will let her go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I liked the book Saddle Club #1; Horse crazy. I liked this book because it was about my favorite animal, horses. My Aunt owns a horse farm and I love learning about them. This book taught me a lot about horses. Another reason why I liked this book is because one of the characters, Lisa Atawood, is just like me and I can relate to her.

This book was about three girls, Lisa, Carole, and Stevie. They share only one thing in common; they are all horse crazy. Carole is disorganized, stevie is a practical joker and isn't good in school, and Lisa is a strait A student. If I had to be friends with one of them, I'd be a friend with Lisa because she always tries her hardest. In April there is a mountain trail ride overnight (MTO). With Stevie's math grades slipping and Lisa being new at the stables, Carole might have to go with Veronica the snob. This story is about three friends trying to get to go to the MTO together, and how they become best friends, and start the Saddle club.

Horse lovers would love this book. I recommended this book to girls because it's only about girls. This book is realistic fiction.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Bristol VINE VOICE on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the first book of the popular Pine Hollow and Saddle Club series. It focuses on three very different girls: straight A Lisa, practical joker Stevie, and horse crazy Carole who become friends after Lisa begins riding at Pine Hollow. At first, Stevie and Carole aren't sure Lisa will fit in, but she soon proves herself to have genuine potential and a desire to learn. When she helps Stevie do a math project to raise her gradese (and permit her to go on a horseback riding campout), the Saddle Club is born.

As a review mentioned, the book suffered by not exploring the characters' motivations. Lisa's mother and Veronica, the stable's spoiiled little rich girl, remain one dimensional.

However, it is hard to believe an author who knows enough about horses to write a book would put an inexperienced young rider (Veronica) on a stallion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joy Laughlin (horsey@redshift.com) on February 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
I love the Saddle Club series. I think any horse crazy person who likes to read would like this book, and series also. In this book, Horse Crazy, Carole Hanson and Stevie Lake meet a new girl, Lisa Atwood, and they don't think she'll fet in. But Lisa shows herself to be a good rider, and the three girls become best friends. They love horses so much, that they formed The Saddle Club. If I have anything to say about this book: it is the best horsey book in the world! No, I should correct myself, the best book ever published.
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