Ghost Horse at Oak Lane Stable

Book 4

Children - Coming of Age
272 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2023
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Reviewed by Miche Arendse for Readers' Favorite

The life of a teenager is a stressful one indeed, but even more so for Cassie. Ghost Horse at Oak Lane Stable by Kerri Lukasavitz follows young equestrian Cassie as she tries to save her horse, NightHawk, after he is injured and can’t compete. Seeing no reason to keep a horse that can’t show, her father wants to sell it; however, Cassie refuses to give up on him. Now, she is determined to win the next competition with a new horse, Ghost Story, to save NightHawk, but things don’t always go according to plan.

Ghost Horse at Oak Lane Stable by Kerri Lukasavitz is a lovely and touching story about a girl and her love for horses sprinkled with teenage angst. As someone who used to love horses as a child, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I admire Cassie’s resolve throughout the book, even in the face of adversity, and even more so her love for her horses. Even though she’s only fourteen, Cassie shows such determination and resolve in her training with Ghost Story that you can’t help but root for her. Lukasavitz has a way of writing that just brings out your emotions and makes you sympathize with the characters. I honestly felt so invested in Cassie’s struggles; that demonstrates what kind of book this is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ghost Horse at Oak Lane Stable, and I’d recommend it to any horse lovers or anyone looking for a good, wholesome story.

Pikasho Deka

Ghost Horse at Oak Lane is the fourth book in Kerri Lukasavitz's award-winning Oak Lane Stable Novel Series. Fourteen-year-old Cassie Piotrowski is a talented horse rider who loves competing in equestrian competitions with her showjumper, NightHawk. But when NightHawk is injured at the Milwaukee Horse Show, Cassie is paired with Oak Lane Stable's showjumper for the summer, Ghost Story. While adjusting to her new horse, Cassie must also deal with her former friend, Ingrid, not talking to her and her other best friend, Allison, trying to set her up with a string of dates with disastrous results. She is devastated when her father loses his job, forcing him to sell NightHawk to Cassie's biggest rival, Ben Winters. Meanwhile, she continues to shine amongst her peers in equestrian tournaments. Will she lose her horses forever, or is there any other way?

A coming-of-age tale with heart, humor, teenage romance, and drama, Ghost Horse at Oak Lane is the perfect book for middle-grade readers. Author Kerri Lukasavitz shares her love for all things equestrian with this beautiful story about a young girl's dreams of becoming a horse rider. Animal lovers will especially find a lot to like about this book. Lukasavitz paces the plot nicely, offering a few unexpected surprises along the way. The narrative is primarily character-driven, and each character feels well-developed and has their own agency that drives their actions and motives. I really enjoyed the friendship between Cassie and Allison, as well as the scenes featuring Logan. All in all, Ghost Horse at Oak Lane is a wonderful book for readers above the age of ten.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Kerri Lukasavitz’s Ghost Horse at Oak Lane Stable is a great story for horse lovers of all ages. Cassie’s best friend Ingrid is still giving her the silent treatment. The two girls are best friends and riding buddies but had a falling out a little while back, although Ingrid is holding onto the grudge for far too long. To make matters worse, Cassie’s show jumper NightHawk is injured and she’s forced to ride Ghost Story, a loaner from the stable where she rides and trains. Ghost Story is okay, but NightHawk is her first love. Just when things can’t seem to get any worse, they do. NightHawk isn’t healing well and her father is threatening to sell the horse. The bond with Ghost Story is fragile and Cassie’s overconfidence leads to a riding disaster. Ingrid still won’t talk to her, but there is another friend in the picture in the form of Logan. Perhaps things might be starting to look up after all.

Kerri Lukasavitz’s young adult novel Ghost Horse at Oak Lane Stable is the fourth book in the Oak Lane Stable series. Confronting the difficult issues of a young girl coming of age, the conflicts of friendships, first love, and, of course, horses, the author presents a compelling story that will attract young horse-loving readers. The plot follows Cassie as she learns to adjust to a new horse and new friends, all while facing the challenges that everything new presents. A descriptive narrative is used well to develop the setting, and the plot and dialogue are effective and believable. The characters are well-presented and defined. This is more than a story about a girl and her horse (or in this case, horses). It’s a story about dreaming big and working hard to achieve those dreams.