The Saddle Club, Number 11, Horse Wise, By Bonnie Bryant.
This was the book that changed my view on reading. I think my Mum gave it to me, and from the second I saw the blue cover, with the picture of Sampson in distress, being helped by Lisa, Stevie, and Carol? I was hooked like an addict taking her first hit of cocaine. (Only, WAY more dorky.)
It was the start of a beautiful friendship.
I read every single Bonnie Bryant book I could get my hands on.
These books were the foundation point for friendships when we moved towns, and schools. I managed to find at least one other horse-crazy friend in each new location, who I could awe with my collection, and swap reading material with to my heart’s content.
At each new school I’d check out the library at the first opportunity. The good schools had an entire shelf of horse-themed fiction. If it was a bad library I’d simply start re-reading my own collection. It got to the point where I could pretty much recite the words without reading them.
Bonnie Bryant was really only the beginning of my love of reading, but it’s a pretty damn memorable beginning – to this day I can remember every single reoccurring character, and which horse they rode, and who was best at jumping, or dressage… Yeah, definitely an addiction!!
What’s your favorite book/ author?