~Written by Alan Davidson
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Queen Rider by Alan Davidson is a middle grade story about an intolerable girl named Bonnie Wyndham who will, unknowingly, be faced with decisions that will alter her life forever.
Bonnie Wyndham has been expelled from her last three schools for her unruly behavior. Now, she is given the opportunity of a lifetime to attend Almonside, a school with a top notch riding program. Bonnie may struggle in the classroom and among her peers, but she excels at riding.
In the past Bonnie has been able to get her way with teachers and students through her unpleasant and domineering attitude, but she has never met anyone like Ms. Ruth Caradon, her soft-spoken riding instructor. Ms. Caradon refuses to acknowledge Bonnie's unpleasantness, which infuriates Bonnie all the more. The two stubborn, yet talented riders are about to go head-to-head in an important competition, but who will learn the bigger lesson, student or instructor?
Young readers will be able to identify with Bonnie's schoolmates as they are forced to deal with Bonnie's selfish and spoiled mannerisms. However, when Ms. Caradon's true motives are revealed, reader's will find themselves cheering for Bonnie as she attempts to defeat Ms. Caradon and win the Lazard Trophy.
Lessons of compassion, honesty and second chances are found throughout the story as several lives are enhanced by the challenges and life lessons they are confronted with.
I recommend picking up a copy of Queen Rider. Available at www.amazon.com.