I've always loved stories about horses and ponies but Amanda Wills' Riverdale series has pony-related plots combined with engaging stories about the humans in Poppy's life. In this book the plot focuses on mysterious new arrivals to the neighbourhood: Shelley Taylor and her daughter Hope. I enjoyed meeting these new characters, and although I guessed their secret rather early on I'm well above the target age range and I did enjoy seeing how Poppy dealt with it when she did figure it out.
I also enjoyed seeing Poppy getting to know Cloud better and I loved the new addition to the family's growing collection of animals. Poppy's little brother Charlie was as fun and loveable as he was in the first book and it was nice to see a little more of her father as well.
Overall I enjoyed the book and was eager to read the next one. I'm knocking a start off for the predictable conclusion to the Hope and Shelley mystery though, as I can believe that Poppy might have taken a while to work it out but I found it surprising that none of the adults in the story were at all suspicious about what was happening.
Another fantastic pony book by Amanda Wills. The second instalment in The Riverdale Pony Stories sees Poppy coming to terms with her pony, Cloud's injuries as well as making new friends who will bring drama into her life. I find these books very much reminiscent of Patricia Leitch's Jinny and Shantih series in that the relationship between Poppy and Cloud is so sensitively and clearly defined. Also excellent are the family dynamics not only within the McKeevers but also the supporting families. Poppy's brother, Charlie, is such a fun and realistic character in particular. There are also some wonderful underlying sub-themes. All in all, very consistent and highly readable.
This book is a seamless transition from The Lost Pony of Riverdale and I can see this series running for many, many more instalments. I very much hope so!
This book was just as good as the first Amanda is a great writer you feel you are standing beside Poppy as you read, its a perfect book for a good read day, full of happy bits and enough sad bits to make you love the people in it. Well writern book.
Interesting,informative and exciting! Dealing with family relationships (as in the previous book), this also deals with friendships, tackling difficult issues and showing it is right to tell someone in authority. For a younger reader there is much to learn from the detail given in Poppy's riding lessons and stable management. I feel many a young reader will empathise with Poppy (as I did with Jill Crewe in my youth!) and I hope Amanda's books will stand the test of time as those of have Ruby Ferguson. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more from this talented author.
This is a great follow-up to The Lost Pony of Riverdale which I greatly enjoyed. Again, the action takes place around Dartmoor and the stars are the ponies as well as Poppy and her family and friends. This one also involves a mystery that kept me guessing and author Amanda Wills keeps the story line racing along in fine style. You need to read the first in the series to get to know all the key characters and, for me, this one is even better. Let's hope there are more of this quality to come. It's a great read for all ages, especially lovers of Dartmoor, ponies - and a rattling good story.