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Sky Rider Paperback – July 5, 2000
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Dusty Grove has had two difficult years: her mother died unexpectedly, her back was permanently injured during an accident that occurred when her father was driving drunk, and now her beloved horse, Tazz, must be put down because of incurable pain in his hooves. So when a glimmering stranger cures Tazz and rides him away, Dusty is glad-until she discovers that her visitor is the angry ghost of a teenaged boy recently killed on her father's property. Springer deftly unfolds each detail of this contemporary supernatural mystery. Her expert pacing and her protagonist's funny, sarcastic voice save the novel from its overwrought story line. The result is an enjoyable, quick read that will hold special appeal for fans of TV's Touched by an Angel.
Beth Wright, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, VT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Springer deftly unfolds each detail of this contemporary supernatural mystery...an enjoyable, quick read." -- -- School Library Journal
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Excellent young reader book (also excellent for adults). Facing problems, accepting loss and responsibility, redemption through forgiveness and caring for others, life after this life . . . and horses. The writing flows, the characters are real, and the resolution is satisfying. This is proof that a well-written book can span generations.
So we have two young characters that have both suffered grave injustices - 16 year old Skye Rider and 14 year old Destiny “Dusty” Grove – you can tell pretty early on that Skye and Dusty need each other, that they need to heal each other. The story is written in multiple points of view; log reports from an Angel supervising Skye’s transition, diary entries from Dusty and a narrator that I couldn't quite figure out.
This is a fast paced story about love, justice and finding peace. There was a bit of insta love, but I just ignored that. I liked Dusty; she’s only fourteen and she’s already lost her mother to the grave and her father to alcohol. Even after the car accident that results in her being in constraint pain, she doesn't give up and doesn't complain.
I liked this book; sure I wasn't gasping or staying up all night to find out what was going to happen next and yes the ending was predictable, but still satisfying. It was nice.
I found it interesting that in this book the Horses can see spirits, is that a thing? I know horses are supposed to be brilliant at interpreting people and “reading their souls” (I heard that on some documentary where they use horses in therapy). -Anyway- I didn't fall in love with this book, but it was short and sweet and well worth the read.
Anyone who loves horses will feel an instant connection with Dusty and poor Tazz. It’s bad enough that Dusty’s chronic back pain means she can no longer ride, but that she’s also losing her beloved Tazz due to an agonizing disease went right to my heart. The arrival of the ghost boy was definitely bittersweet – Dusty loses Tazz, but in a beautiful way.
Then, of course, she finds out all about Skye and how he died, and everything becomes more complicated and sad. Justice, healing and grief are all explored as Dusty struggles to help Skye come to terms with his own death and save his soul for the afterlife. There’s plenty of emotion in the story, but it’s never mawkish or overwhelming and there’s definitely glimmers of hope by the end.
Sweet and sad and ultimately uplifting, this is a short but thoughtful read – and not just for horse lovers.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
I thought this was a good, clean, and quick read for younger readers.
4 1/2 stars.
When her favorite horse, Tazz, becomes so sick he will have to be put down, it is almost more than Dusty can bear. The night before the vet comes for Tazz, though, a strange boy appears at the barn and rides him away. Dusty suspects the boy may be a ghost, the spirit of Skye Ryder, a boy from her school who died on her property while riding his dirt bike.
Skye is no friendly ghost, though. He is filled with rage over his death and sworn to revenge against the person who may have caused it by stringing a cable across the path. Dusty wants to help Skye find peace, but what price will she pay to do it?
I liked that Dusty's father has some major flaws, which makes him seem more human and real, and which makes Dusty a stronger character who has to take care of herself. Skye's character is an interesting one; he is a good blend of rage and compassion. However, Dusty seemed to grow attached to him far too quickly. She said she loved him, but she never really even knew him.