Now that Cassie is fourteen, she can’t wait to ride in the Junior Division at horse shows, with their taller fences and higher stakes. But her new show jumper, Night Hawk, proves to be more than she can handle. Had her dad been right about Night Hawk? Did she make a huge mistake wanting to buy and show him? Will she ever win any of her jumper classes if she’s afraid to ride the tall, dark horse that she can’t control?
And to complicate things more, Cassie sees Ben Winters at a horse show—the cute jumper rider she met last summer. How will she deal with her new crush when her old heartthrob, Tommy, wants to date her again, and then a secret admirer leaves a Valentine’s Day card for her?
Book 3 in the Oak Lane Stable Adventure Series addresses girls’ negative body images, adjusting to new environments, and facing fears brought on by trying something new, even when the impulse is to quit and turn back to what once felt safe and familiar.
Praise for Dark Horse at Oak Lane Stable
"Middle grade libraries will find Dark Horse at Oak Lane Stable a multifaceted, compelling tale that lures leisure readers with entertainment value, but offers so much more.” ~Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"A hybrid structure that combines a sports story with the hint of Black Beauty.” ~Vincent Dublado, Readers’ Favorite
About Kerri Lukasavitz
Kerri Lukasavitz is the award-winning author of the middle grade Oak Lane Stable Adventure Series, which includes the novels Mystery Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 1 - a 2018 Royal Dragonfly Book Award winner), Gray Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 2 - a Silver Medal Finalist for the 2021 Midwest Book Awards), Dark Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 3 - May, 2022 release), and Ghost Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 4 - coming in October, 2022).
She was born horse crazy, an animal lover, and a book devotee. She owned two ponies as a child, showed in 4H, worked as a show groom, rider, and riding teacher for two hunter/jumper stables, volunteered at a therapy stable, and is currently learning more about equine-assisted therapy for healing trauma.