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
Lidie lives in Brazil, where she rides, a wild girl dreaming of going to live with her father, Pai, and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Pai runs a stable at a famous race track. Since her mother died long ago, Lidie has lived with relatives. Now she's 12 ready 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.
In New York, Lidie finds that moving to another country is a big challenge. And Pai and Rafael still think of her as the little girl they left behind. But she's determined to befriend, and ride, the spirited filly her father has just bought: Wild Girl.
About the Author
Patricia Reilly Giff (b. 1935) grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the popular Polk Street Mystery series, as well as several award-winning novels for middle-grade readers. After graduating from Marymount College, Giff taught reading for twenty years before writing her first novel. Many of her books are ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Books and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, including "Lily's Crossing" and "Pictures of Hollis Woods", for which Giff won Newbery Honors. Giff lives in Weston, Connecticut, with her husband.
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.”