Mystery at Silver Key Stables tells the tale of Kelly Normand, who feels out of place and miserable in her family's new home in Oregon until she starts taking riding lessons. Silver Key Stables is the one place Kelly is comfortable, as it reminds her of happier times spent riding in Montana before the family's move.
Using simple imagery and an eye for detail, the author brings the stables, horses and riding trails into clear focus for young readers, who will be drawn to the spirited characters--human and horse. The animals even help Kelly connect with her annoying little brother, if only for the short time she spends demonstrating how to care for and ride the magnificent animals.
Besides the stabled horses, Silver Key Stables has something different to offer--a wild mustang herd which is part of the owner's mustang-rescue operation. Kelly and Farid, a stable hand about Kelly's age, get dangerously close to the herd while out riding. Shortly afterward, the leader, Black Magic, gets injured and the pair take care of the huge stallion. Initially resistant, Black Magic slowly responds to Kelly's gentle ministrations. Things seem to be going well until she discovers the black horse, and several others on the ranch, were actually stolen. ... breathtaking illustrations and well-written passages describe the stolen horse's temperament, background and ultimate fate.
A compelling story written with familiarity and tenderness. -- Kirkus Discoveries Review
I LOVE THE BOOK!!!!...emotion, suspense, and a draw to keep...reading to see what would happen next. -- Susan Pohlman, Founder, Whispering Winds Equine Rescue and Living Legends Wild Horse Sanctuary, Roseburg, Oregon
The heroine is bold, head-strong, and fearless. Young readers looking for a good horse story with a happy ending won't be disappointed. -- Jacque Schultz, Senior Director, ASPCA National Outreach, New York, NY
This story is captivating to readers of all ages. A well-written page-turner by a young, talented writer! Her love and understanding of horses is very evident and it is inspiring to see a young writer already on the road to success. -- Jennifer Malpass, Board Chair, United States Equine Rescue League