We’re celebrating Children’s Book Week on Faithfully Bookish! I’ll be sharing some of our family’s kids favorites (books or series) from our family’s collection. My oldest daughter is devouring The Horses and Friends series by Miralee Ferrell! Feel free to return the favor and tell us all about your kid lit favorites in the comments!
about the books
A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell
A horse of her own would be awesome. But Kate figures that might be a long way away, especially since she had to give up riding lessons and move to her late grandfather’s farm.
Besides, it would be a lot more fun to have a best friend to ride with.
When Kate discovers a barn on their new farm that’s perfect for a horse, and a dusty bridle too, she starts to think that her dream might come true. Then she meets Tori at school, who is totally the best.
So when they discover a thoroughbred that appears to be all alone, could it be the answer to her prayers? Maybe.
If she can convince her dad … and figure out what’s going on with that horse.
Silver Spurs by Miralee Ferrell
Kate’s dream of owning a horse has finally happened. But now her best friend Tori has no money to buy a horse.
So Kate comes up with a plan—she’ll raise money by boarding horses and hosting a show in her family’s barn.
It seems the perfect solution until Melissa, the girl who disses Kate and Tori at school, shows up to board her horse, determined to compete in their show and win the silver spurs.
Will their plan be ruined—or does God have something better in store for them all?
Silver Spurs is a tale of overcoming fears and trusting God with your dreams.
Mystery Rider by Miralee Ferrell
Thirteen-year-old Kate Ferris has a problem. Melissa Tolbert, a wealthy girl who has been snotty to Kate and Tori at school, is one of the boarders at Kate’s family’s new boarding stable.
When Melissa suddenly turns nice, Kate is suspicious. The last thing she needs is more trouble.
Then a stunning black horse and mysterious rider trot up the road past Kate’s house at dusk. Is it Melissa, playing a dangerous game? Or might the horse be stolen?
Kate and friends Tori and Colt are determined to solve the mystery.
A horse-lover’s dream-come-true wrapped in true friendship, kept promises, and surprising revelations.
Blue Ribbon Trail Ride by Miralee Ferrell
Thirteen-year old Kate and her friends came up with the perfect way to raise money for her autistic younger brother and others to attend summer camp—a horse scavenger hunt!
As local businesses donate money and prizes, Kate keeps the entry fees in her mom’s antique jewelry box.
But when the box and the money disappear, Kate and her friends must unravel the clues, hold on to hope, and solve the mystery along the Blue Ribbon Trail Ride.
Why We Love Horses and Friends
We haven’t read this series aloud like the others featured this week but our horse-loving bookworm loves the series so much it just had to be shared! Since there are two more books planned in this series, I’ll definitely be reviewing each book individually in the future. My daughter loves the friendships, mystery, and adventure and she is eagerly awaiting the next two titles.
About the Author
Miralee Ferrell and her husband, Allen, live on eleven acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. She is also able to combine two other passions—horseback riding and spending time with her grown children—since her married daughter lives nearby, and they often ride together on the wooded trails near their home.
Ironically, Miralee, now the author of eighteen books, with many more on the way, never had a burning desire to write—at least more than her own memoirs for her children. So she was shocked when God called her to start writing after she turned fifty. To Miralee, writing is a ministry that she hopes will impact hearts, and she anticipates how God will use each of her books to bless and change lives.