This story is certainly action-packed, and its fast pace will keep young readers engaged. The chapters are of just the right length and the well-timed plot events propel the book forward. From runaway horses to cattle drives to an orphaned moose, this book crafts Brooke’s unique life with detailed accuracy.
It’s evident that J. H. Lee writes from her own experiences raising and training horses on a ranch. It’s always a pleasure to read a book where horses and riding are depicted accurately and realistically. Some of the scenes I enjoyed the most describe Brooke’s interaction and developing relationship with her new horse, Jazz; throughout the book Jazz’s character develops as well, and you feel like you can predict her moves by the end.
In reading the book’s synopsis, I was excited to see that J. H. Lee had taken on an issue that is so common amongst riders – fear after a fall. I felt that the issue would be well-received by young readers. And while the first half of the book does focus on Brooke’s fear of getting back into the saddle, I was disappointed to see that the issue largely takes a backseat for the second half of the book, only appearing in hints here and there.
The writing flows smoothly, and many scenes are very visual with good description. While the dialogue is a little stiff at times, the book reads well overall. With the exception of the occasional horse terminology, Cowgirl Courage is largely accessible for young readers.
Cowgirl Courage is a fast-paced tale of what happens when a young rider stands up to her fear. Readers will delight in Brooke’s adventures with Jazz.
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