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.