Kate, our heroine and narrator is up front and center in a graphic novel about friendships, horses, and falling down and getting back up. Kate, is a striped shirt wearing, happy go lucky, horse-loving girl, until "That Day" when she becomes "aware" for the first time how people react to a plus-sized gal. She already knew that being the “horse loving girl” didn’t give her points in coolness, but it is now that she realizes how different she is. There are issues with bullies, horse show incidents, even a few accidents, but in the end Kate learns a thing or two about life, friendship, actions and consequences and most importantly, about herself. Fun illustrations and definitions and descriptions within the margins of this book makes it a treat for horse people and civilians alike.— Jeanette
Twelve-year-old Kate is laser-focused on her one true passion: horseback riding. But try as she might, she can't hide from life's problems in the stable.
There's nothing Kate loves more than being around horses. But her best friend is allergic to them, so Kate has to take riding lessons without her. Kate's forced to navigate some of life's hardships—like the mean girls at the stable who tease her and her body insecurities—all on her own. To make matters worse, Kate is continually falling off her horse. To Kate, her tween years feel like one unfair punishment after another. Can she get over it all…and get back on her horse?
Horse Trouble, the debut graphic novel from children's book artist Kristin Varner, is an oh-so-relatable graphic novel with humor and heart.
"Kate’s first-person narration imbues a matter-of-fact tone, matched by panels—sketched in blue pencil and digitally inked—that carefully detail expressive Kate’s ups, downs, and in-betweens."—Publishers Weekly
"Although horses are Kate’s 'thing,' readers don’t need to be horse lovers to empathize with her self-consciousness and growing self-confidence."—School Library Journal