We are delighted to announce the second edition release of Strawberry Shakespeare’s 2012 bestseller, “Hope’s Horse: The Mystery of Shadow Ridge,” an exciting, horse-themed, mystery-adventure novel for young readers ages 9-12. Set in the California Eastern Sierras, it tells the story of twelve year old Hope Miller and her wild mustang, Tango.
While recovering from the death of her beloved grandfather, who shared her love of horses, Hope is forbidden by her parents to go on the mountain alone or anywhere near the wild horses she adores. So the girl keeps her horse, Tango, a secret from her parents, and rides him on the mountain without their knowledge.
On one of these outings, she and Tango evade evil poachers only to face a scary old mountain man. Escaping in a mad dash up the dark side of the mountain, they discover a mysterious metal object buried on Shadow Ridge. Hope instinctively knows her find is important and that she should tell her parents about it. But if she tells, she would also have to reveal the truth about her and Tango, and would probably never see her beloved horse again.
A surprising turn of events merges the destinies of Hope, Tango and the old man on the mountain during a life-threatening confrontation with dangerous horse poachers. The resulting explosion of action, excitement, heartbreak and, ultimately, joyous healing is a must-read experience for the whole family and for every kid who loves adventure and horse stories.
Special $0.99 Launch Sale! Get “Hope’s Horse: The Mystery of Shadow Ridge” for $0.99 on Amazon from Tuesday, April 21 – Sunday, April 26, 2020. After that, the price will go up to $3.99.
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Strawberry Shakespeare was born and educated in New York City where she received a master’s degree and doctoral training in clinical psychology. While working in the mental health field, she returned to her original love – writing – and is now a bestselling children’s author and screenwriter.
Shakespeare’s debut novel, Saving Bluestone Belle, was an Amazon bestseller and a popular children’s book for ages 8-12. It has been a book club selection, a featured attraction and an award winner at book groups, book fairs, book festivals and animal rights conferences across the country. Her other bestselling children’s books include The Cloud Horse & Other Stories and Hope’s Horse: The Mystery of Shadow Ridge.
Shakespeare was interviewed by reporters at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles. What follows is a quote from that interview.
“How we treat the least among us is an indication of who we really are as a culture. Too often, horses are viewed as a disposable commodity rather than as faithful companions and helpmates of man. I was horrified by reports of their rampant abuse and exploitation by the horse slaughter industry, and decided to highlight this issue in my children’s books. My hope is that this story will inspire young people to take a stand against cruelty toward horses and other animals.”