• Title: Crown Prince (Brookmeade Young Riders Series)
  • Released: 2012-10-15
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 272
  • ASIN: B009S8MG9S
From School Library Journal Gr 5-8-Ever since she began riding, Sarah has dreamed of having a horse of her own. Through a number of fortuitous circumstances, she becomes the owner of a young thoroughbred on whom a race owner has given up. Her parents feel a great deal of trepidation about such a "green" horse, but Sarah's trainer at Bookmeade farm promises to work closely to bring Crown Prince along. The first book details their journey as Crown Prince adapts to his new life as an event horse and Sarah takes on the responsibility of helping him achieve his potential. Most of the other riders at the facility are supportive, but a few mean girls go out of their way to create problems for Sarah. Their jealousy and bad behavior escalate in the second book as Sarah and Crown Prince prepare for and participate in their first three-day event. Their actions almost end in tragedy for Sarah and her talented horse, but they triumph in the end. Sarah is a believable character with a great work ethic and determination. Her friends all have their own issues but rally around when needed. These books are solid reads for children who enjoy good stories that are authentic in their presentation of the intricacies of dealing with horses and the day-to-day lives of young equestrians as they develop their skills to compete.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review "Get ready to fall in love with the story of Crown Prince and Sarah. Chock-a-block with accurate equestrian details, well-paced, and full of heart, the story of Sarah and her off-the-track one-dollar purchase is the story of how hard-work, determination and love for horses can make any young rider's dream come true." —Elizabeth Letts, author of the New York Times bestseller The Eighty Dollar Champion

"Linda Snow McLoon includes plenty of excitement to keep young readers turning the pages as they absorb accurate information about riding and horse care, as well as a few important life lessons. This book may inspire young equestrians to someday find their own 'Crown Prince' and rescue a Thoroughbred off the track." —Amber Heintzberger, co-author of Beyond the Track and Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton

"The reader will learn a lot about horses, good riding and horsemanship through these novels, but it's part of the story, not a 'lesson.' I enjoyed the first book so much that I went right on to the second, and now I'm hoping the author is working on the next one!" —Susan Harris author of Balance and Movement, Grooming to Win, and the U.S. Pony Club Manuals of Horsemanship

"The Brookmeade Young Riders Series introduces Sarah Wagner and her racetrack rogue, Crown Prince. The magnificent Thoroughbred was a gift from the owners of Brookmeade Farm, but the girl must convince her parents her new horse is safe to ride. At the same time, she struggles to keep his former owner from taking him back and deals with troubles caused by a jealous barn rival." —Lone Star Horse Report (December 1, 2012)

"This book will appeal not only to young beginner riders but also to older and more seasoned horse lovers. Everyone will enjoy Sarah's strong-willed determination to keep and succeed with the horse she loves." —Practical Horseman (March 2013)

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