Quicksand – The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo

QuicksandReview of the first in the Dakotaroo series by Krista Michelle Breen

Most of the times I sit down to write a review of a middle-grader book I have to remind myself, yes, but what would a middle-grader think?  This time I had no problem with that.  This time when I started reading, I was back as my twelve-year-old self before I turned to the second page.  It’s a pony book!

Pony books need a nice owner/rider, an adventure, a challenge, someone doing something that the pony and his/her owner/rider will overcome, and some good friends to help them along the way.  This has all of that and more.  The first challenge comes when Dakotaroo disappears from her field.  I liked the detail of the search including the roping in of all the available pony-riding fraternity apart from the snooty posh ones.  I particularly liked our heroine’s, TJ’s, realisation that nobody much cared about her horse Dakotaroo, it was just a chance to gallop in a different place from usual.  So real, so true!!  I ached for TJ and was really worried about Dakotaroo.

It’s wonderful how geeky brothers can sometimes come to the rescue.  And also wonderful how just when the next challenge has been unveiled, and the protagonists and antagonists kind of identified – since it was definitely unclear whether the apparent baddies were really guilty as charged – the reader can be shocked out of his or her expectation of a clichéd dangerous challenge ahead by a further twist in the tale.

It’s complex enough, it’s full of great characters, although the parents are a little hazy, as they should be in a pony book (adults, pah!) and the setting beautifully described.  I don’t think you need to be pony mad to enjoy this book.  As for me, I had to force myself to put it down, so as to enjoy it better!  When can I start the next one?

Quicksand – The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo by Krista Michelle Breen

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18 thoughts on “Quicksand – The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo

  1. Aw. . . Horse books. By the time I was 12 I knew EVERYTHING about horses. . . In theory. In reality, I never went riding. But I loved me some horse books!

    • I was lucky enough to go riding weekly. But I ‘knew how to’ much more than I ‘was able to’! Nothing much has changed, really 😀

  2. I must confess, although I spent a lot of time raiding library shelves as a child (and tidying/stocking them as an adult!) I was never a great one for ‘pony’ stories. Mind you, I used to love ‘series’ books and would eagerly look for the next book in the series….!

    Thanks for commenting over at my blog earlier, btw – hope you are enjoying the A-Z blog-hop!
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  3. You are right, this book does make you feel like a younger girl while reading it – I enjoyed it as well. Fantastic review, as always
    Cool Mom for
    Stanley & Katrina

  4. When I was younger, I actually thought it would be possible for me to get a horse. I had the exact one picked out. It didn’t really occur to me that a horse wasn’t a great fit for a small backyard in a neighborhood in south Florida:)

    • Well, I can empathise with that! I ended up having an imaginary stablefull. Maybe I’ll write their stories some time!

  5. Loved horses when I was younger and actually had 2, they take a lot of care, Your book reminds me of my younger days 🙂 Visiting from #AtoZchallenge

    • Thanks for visiting Leslie – yes, lots of care, which is why I went for guinea pigs – at least I can pick them up!

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  7. Thanks for such a beautiful review Jemima. When my sister and I were little we used to pretend our guinea pigs were ponies. We had a “Best of the West” harness and buckboard wagon, that the guinea pigs could pull perfectly. Poor guys, they were all very fat and lived into old age, so the work must not have been all that bad. We also had a chihuahua that would eat the guinea pig droppings as we played. I don’t think we ever told mum, but it made cleaning up much easier!

    • Great story! I have some china horses that I made rugs and tack for, and groomed them and everything. They live in a glass cabinet now, surprisingly completely undamaged by their experience!

  8. A great review for a wonderful book. A super start to the amazing series, but be sure to read on. The ride gets even better, all you have to do is follow the trail.

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