Sky Rider – Nancy Springer

I started reading way back when, back around 2001. Stories were a way to get away from the world, a place of wonder and excitement and of heart-stopping terror. Each of us has that one book that started it all. For me, this one book holds a very special place in my heart. It’s the one book that ignited my interest in the supernatural, in ghosts and how they live upon this earth.

‘Sky Rider’ was the first of its kind, something strange and wonderful. The story is about Dusty Grove, a horse named Tazz and the tragic, vengeful ghost of a dead boy. It is a story about young love, about pain, and about forgiveness. Published in 1999, this book is almost twenty years old. I was six, when it came out. I read it when I was seven, the book itself geared towards children between 6th Grade and 8th.

I don’t want to spoil the story for those who read it, but I’ll say what I can.

Dusty Grove, crippled from an accident and unable to ride Tazz, is a young girl. She’s in pain, living in constant agony over a destroyed back. Despite this, her love for Tazz, a majestic horse she’s had for a long time, keeps her going. This light in her life takes a dark turn when Tazz, diagnosed with navicular syndrome, is waiting for the vet to come and put him down. The first chapter portrays Dusty’s pain over this, so much so that she herself is completely caught off guard when a strange boy finds his way into the stable.

The gelding’s head jolted up, but not because Dusty startled him. With his ears pricked high, he was staring beyond her toward the rectangle of night outlined by the big stable door. She turned.

There had been no sound of a car or a bike or even a footstep, but a stranger, a boy maybe sixteen years old, stood there looking at her.

Dusty felt her world stop, she was so startled, even frightened–yet she did not scream. He was too beautiful, a white marble Michelangelo in Levi jeans, shadows softening his chiseled face. There was something not quite human about his beauty; yet something all too hot and human about the way his dark eyes glowered. He kept his face hard and still. The anger showed only in his eyes.

Three paragraphs introduce this boy and anyone can easily see something just isn’t right about the entire ordeal. Tazz noticed him. Dusty did not. For me, I know, in that moment, that this stranger, too beautiful to be human, would play a major role in the story. And I was right – he does play a major role, but what I shan’t say. That would ruin the story for everyone else. His appearance, however, is a large part of Dusty and Tazz’s story.

Last year, I bought ‘Sky Rider’ from Amazon. I hadn’t read it in years, but I was able to recall the story itself. I remember the girl and the horse and the ghost. I remember being the kid in school who, like Bell from ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ checked out the same book to read it over and over and over again. It stayed with me over the following fifteen years.

I bought the book, hoping to see why it meant so much to me. I hadn’t thought it would find a place in my purse. That’s where it’s at, actually. When I go to work (I work as an In-Home Care Aid) and I have a moment to rest, I pull out that book, flip to a random page and start to read. I’m in my mid-twenties and I’m rereading a book for children like its the Holy Grail (I do the same with Harry Potter, but who doesn’t?)

Overall, this one book is one of my all-time favorites. I would recommend anyone who enjoys reading, who likes ghosts and stories about moving forward even after difficulties, then buy ‘Sky Rider.’ The block below has an expert from the actual book. I’m a Amazon Associate, yes, but I will only recommend and review books and movies and songs would think others would enjoy. This book is one of them. It doesn’t cost much, the story is one you may find yourself reading time and again.

It’s a story you can share with your friends and family, with your children (if you have any) and one you can cherish. So, by all means, read what’s provided. Click the button and go over to Amazon, read the reviews. You never know if you’ll like the story unlike you take a moment to see it for yourself.


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