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Children's LiteratureDylan is thrilled to arrive at Chestnut Hill, an all-girl boarding school. In addition to excellent academics, they offer a top-tier equestrian program. Dylan's love of ponies allows her to immediately bond with the other seventh graders from around the country. Although the girls have unique personalities, most live a pampered lifestyle. Of course, things are never quite as they seem. Throughout the book, the girls grow to know each other beyond these first impressions. The entire class has outstanding riding skills but they all want to be the best. Some of the girls display unattractive traits in competitive situations—both in and outside of the riding arena. As classes and lessons progress, Dylan makes some impulsive decisions that affect her friendships, academics, and riding. She realizes that she is better at connecting with animals than with people. When Dylan focuses on being a good friend, she becomes much happier and more successful. Traits of a good friend are a good discussion point in this coming-of-age chapter book. Studying horses while reading this book would be helpful for comprehension as there are a number of very specific equestrian terms with which the average reader would not be familiar. 2005, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 to 13.