INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Smiley, Jane

Saddles & Secrets

(2) 4-6 Ellen & Ned series. Now in fifth grade, riding student Ellen (Riding Lessons) has matured somewhat; Ned, the horse she loves, has stopped talking to her, making her wonder if he ever did. Outside the stables, Ellen learns a secret about a neighbor, and the money troubles in her own family add more pressure to her life. The well-observed narrative moves at an amiable pace, kept lively by Ellen's distinct voice and perspective.

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