Item Name: Mystery at Silver Key Stables - Alexandra Gritta
It is a rare and special delight to discover a novel as gripping in plot as it is meaningful in message. Such is the case with Mystery at Silver Key Stables, Book One in the new Charity Book Series®. Even more delightful is that this is the debut novel of Alexandra Joy Gritta, an extremely talented thirteen-year-old writer. The heroine of this exciting and beautifully crafted mystery, young Kelly Normand, moves from Big Sky country in Montana to the rain-soaked state of Oregon. Isolated and lonely in a new school where she struggles unsuccessfully to make friends, Kelly finds comfort and connection with the horses she finds at Silver Key Stables, bonding instantly with a gentle mare who seems to understand her loneliness. Kelly also develops a dangerous fascination with a wild black stallion living on an adjacent mustang reserve: her terrifying introduction to him nearly costing her life. When a complex chain of events pulls Kelly inadvertently into the dark, organized underworld of horse theft, the lives of many, horse and human alike, will never be the same again. This charming mystery, exquisitely illustrated by equine artist Delia Pacheco (cover artwork contributed by Sharlene Lindskog-Osorio), has been nominated for the prestigious 2009 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award. It has garnered supportive reviews across the equestrian world, ranging from small horse rescue organizations in the northwest to the President and CEO of the United States Equestrian Federation in Kentucky. A special message from Debi Metcalfe, founder of Stolen Horse International, also offers a particularly poignant endorsement for the book. Written for ages 8 and up, this breakout novel has a timeless and humane message that is appropriate for any age. Proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations that help rescue and provide safe habitats for horses.