The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Set in the early days of the Great Depression, this novel by Anton DiSclafani introduces Thea Atwell as she is deported from her protected home and family to a secluded horseback riding camp for rich girls. While it is apparent that Thea has done something she and her parents consider terrible, this tragic incident is revealed slowly. There is a lot of suspense in this story, though it’s not a suspense story in the usual sense. This is a mystery without a dead body.
Thea has a mind of her own and a talent with horses. A child of her age, she accepts her role as a girl who will grow up to marry and become a housewife and mother, but inside her are dreams, desires, and ambitions. This book is both heartbreaking and hopeful.
Risk = excitement. Horses = love.