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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
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Jul 15, 2013

really liked it
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After a family tragedy, fifteen year-old Thea Atwell is sent away to a riding camp and school located deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains. The book alternates between Thea's present-day life at camp, and flashbacks of the events leading up to her arrival. Leaving her family's isolated citrus plantation in Florida, Thea initially struggles to understand how to survive without her family, in the company of strangers. But, as her time at Yonahlossee passes, she becomes an exaggerated version of the girl she was in Florida; self-assured of her riding abilities, confident in her few close relationships, and at times stupidly selfish and reckless. When actions she takes at camp begin to mimic the same destructive path that sent her to Yonahlossee, it's interesting to see the struggle between wanting to be both a "right" girl, and not caring if she is. Though easily passed off as a "beach read", the internal struggle of Thea resonates a little bit deeper.

Kristen Z. / Marathon County Public Library
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