July 2009 Indie Next List
“Lidie leaves warm, familiar Brazil for cold and strange New York City to be reunited with her father and brother, who think she's still a little girl. Living and working at a famous stable, Lidie is excited to show her family what a great rider she is. When a new foal, Wild Girl, is born, both Lidie and Wild Girl have to overcome challenges.”
— Margaret Brennan Neville, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
A contemporary and irresistible story from Patricia Reilly Giff
Lidie lives in Jales, Brazil, where she's free to ride, to be a wild girl, and to dream of going to live with her father and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Finally Lidie is 12--time to leave Brazil for New York.
Meanwhile, a filly is born and begins her journey to a new home. As Lidie's story unfolds, so does the filly's.
Lidie's father runs a stable at a famous race track, and Rafael is training to be a jockey. As much as they want to make Lidie feel welcome, they still think of her as the little girl they left behind. They don't even know what a strong rider she is, and that she's determined to befriend and ride the wild filly her father has just bought: Wild Girl.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children. Several of her novels have been chosen as ALA Notable Books and ALA Best Books for Young Adults. They include Nory Ryan's Song and the Newbery Honor Books Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. Lily's Crossing was also chosen as a Boston Globe--Horn Book Honor Book. Her most recent book is Willow Run, the companion to Lily's Crossing. These titles, as well as Water Street, are available on audio from Listening Library.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2009:
“Giff’s characters are beautifully nuanced and entirely real, her prose is as streamlined and efficient as a galloping Thoroughbred.”