Miranda Stevens turns thirteen, but her life does not slow down at all. If
anything, it speeds up and gets more complicated. Miranda did not realize that
two guys are attracted to her. Her thoughts are mainly on her horse, Starlight,
and those closest to her. Miranda's mom is due to deliver another baby, Margot
dreams of being adopted by the Stevens and feels unwanted, and there are two new
kids at school.
Laurie's cousin, Rose Marie, comes to live with Laurie's
family for awhile. Rose Marie is seventeen. She is always in trouble, wears dark
make up, smokes, and hangs out with a bad crowd. Envious and jealous of Miranda,
Rose Marie begins turning all the kids against Miranda, including her closest.
No one seems to like Miranda anymore ... and then Starlight disappears!
***** This is an excellent ending to the series. Throughout the books,
Miranda has grown up and matured, making complicated decisions as she went. She
shows that no matter how bad things become, one must do the right thing and hope
for the best. Eventually, events will come together.
In my opinion, this
series will attract more than just the girls who love horses. Miranda is a great
role model. She is so realistic that kids cannot help but relate to Miranda and
her problems. At the same time, readers can follow Miranda during all her
adventures. Outstanding! *****