Book Review: Mystery at Black Horse Farm (for Young Readers)

Yasmine and her horse, Flint, are off to a two-week summer camp at Black Horse Farm. Things get even better when it turns out that Oliver and his horse are going , too. Yasmine’s knees go weak when she sees the guy. Yeah, it’s a major crush.

Mystery at Black Horse Farm by Jenny Hughes

The two quickly become friends–and partners in trying to discover who attacked the farm owner’s daughter and stole her necklace. And it becomes obvious that Oliver has a crush on Yasmine, too.

With the quietly self-assured Oliver at her side, Yasmine becomes much bolder in her riding and jumping. This new-found confidence comes in handy when she has to flee from danger and go for help by jumping the biggest obstacle she and her horse have ever faced.

Author Jenny Hughes, who lives in Dorset, England, has penned more than 22 horse books for readers 9 to 12. Her books are based on her experience working on a farm, at a riding school and with polo ponies. In addition to her horse savvy, Hughes has a knack for combining mystery, danger and a mild first romance between the main character and a cute boy who comes into her life. Of course, nothing overshadows the girl’s relationship with her horse.

Don’t miss Model Horse and Fantasy Horse, also published this year.

Mystery at Black Horse Farm, a 144-page paperback, is published by Breakaway Books, PO Box 24, Halcottsville, NY 12438. Find it in your local bookstore at $9.95 or phone 607-326-4805 or email

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