From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7 Grab your saddle and ride with the ``Saddle Club''! With an excess of exclamation points, Bryant offers another blend of girl/horse action, breathless dialogue, a silly subplot, and some credibility-stretching scenes. Max, Pine Hollow's riding instructor, takes his students on an idyllic overnight ride in the mountains. After the trip, the four girls of the club cope with the death of a favorite horse, the ``villain'' starts to mend her ways, and one member FALLS OFF of her horse. (This never happened in Book 1!) However, readers must suspend disbelief. Example: Would the three boys really behave as complete gentlemen, never attempting any boyish pranks? What boy could resist the chance to tease nine girls? Why don't the girls show any interest in the boys? Also, what responsible riding school would permit a preteen rider on a stallion? Finally, would two girls, researching at the library, pick up an elderly newspaper reader and invite him to share a soda at the local hangout? Scenes like these eliminate the brief attempts at character development. Marginal though this is, the ``Saddle Club'' will attract member-readers because of its lightweight action and appealing lifestyle. Don't look nowBook 3 is galloping into sight! Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library , N.Mex .
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About the Author
Bonnie Bryant is the author of nearly a hundred books about horses.