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RIDING HIGH.

Archer, Colleen Rutherford.

Illustrated by Judith Pennanen. Moonbeam (Ont.) Penumbra Press, C1986. 73pp, paper, $7.95, ISBN 0-920806-39-2. No CIP

Grades 7-9
Reviewed by P.J. Hammel

Volume 15 Number 5
1987 November


The publisher's blurb suggests that "this is the story of teenage rivalry set in the fabulous surroundings of Birchwood Equestrian Centre." Pre-teens and early teens who are impressed with fabulous surroundings may stay with this story to the end all seventy-three pages of it. Few others will. The plot is predictable. The characters are stereotypes, who demonstrate not one iota of personal change or development. It is episodic and jerky; the short chapters contribute to this lack of fluidity. There is no development of suspense; hence, no crisis or significant denouement.

This is a pretentious little story, which tries to make up with glamour what it cannot achieve through plot, character development, or literary style.


P.J. Hammel, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask.
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