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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bubba to the Rescue by Jennifer Walker (Book Review and Giveaway)

Bubba to the Rescue
by Jennifer Walker
Blog Tour March 1 - 15

What starts out as a leisurely trail ride turns into a terrifying afternoon when Alex and Leslie see a plume of smoke rising in the trees. After saving the neighbor's horses from a horrible fate, the two teens must run through the burning woods and get back to Green Meadow before it's too late. 

On the way, they encounter a strange horse wandering through the woods by itself, and it follows them home. Leslie soon becomes attached to "Spark", when she can't find his owner... but will she get to keep him, or will someone come forward to claim the horse she has come to love? Bubba to the Rescue is the second book in Ms. Walker's series of Green Meadow Riders fiction teen, tween and children's books.

About the author: Jennifer Walker is the author of Bubba Goes National and Bubba to the Rescue, and her stories appeared in the anthologiesElements of the Soul and The Ultimate Horse Lover. A full time freelance writer and editor, her work has appeared in numerous magazines and websites. She resides in Northern California with her husband, cat, dog, and Arabian stallion.

She is donating $1 from the sale of each book to send a deserving young lady to Arabian Horse Youth Nationals.

Title: Bubba to the Rescue
Author: Jennifer  Walker
Publisher:  Twin Trinity Media

My thoughts: This book starts out with the thrilling forest fire and race home for Leslie, Alex and their horses.  We learn alot about the teens and their love for animals in this opening scene as they risked their lives to save the neighbors horses from being burnt up in their barn.  Once home though, they discover that Lucky, Leslie's championship horse, must have been hit by a burning branch and has a pretty bad wound on one of her legs.

I don't think Leslie is your typical teen.  I believe she was a freshman in high school, but she was very responsible.  Her dad has just remarried her riding instructor (Leslie's mom had died a few years before).  She has accepted this woman very easily in her life and even calls her mom from the beginning.  Even though she has known her for a very long time, I am not sure that there wouldn't have been a little more trauma involved in accepting her as a mom. Leslie keeps up her grades at school and also works every day in the stable with the horses.  She is also in a relationship with Alex, a fellow freshman and stable employee.

A horse, who they have named Spark, followed them out of the fire.  He wasn't really hurt from the fire, but appeared as if he had been on his own for quite some time.  He was malnourished and they could tell his coat had not been groomed in quite awhile.  Leslie adopts him as her own, as Lucky is recuperating from his wound and can't really be ridden.  She knows though, that the real owner could claim him at any time.  This does not stop her from becoming attached to him though.

I liked learning about the care of horses and some of the things that go on at horse shows.  I think at some time in every little girl's life they would like to have a horse.  There is something romantic about them.  This would be a great book/series for any tween/teen who has a love for horses.

~I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Jennifer Walker and Walker Tours in exchange for my review.~

Bubba to the Rescue
Publisher/Publication Date: Twin Trinity Media
ISBN: 978-0984209569
240 pages
Reading level: 9-14 years old

Free Preview available at Amazon


Leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Jennifer's short story, Leslie and the Lion.  This is open internationally and the winner will be announced on the 15th when I have Jennifer back with a guest post!


Sara Kovach said...

Sounds like some great adventure there. I bet my middle school students would love this.

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

Thanks for a chance to win Bubba to the Rescue. Sounds like a very enjoyable book!

Beth said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

Jennifer Walker said...

Thank you for reading and commenting!


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