If you are looking for a quick but good read, Wild Girl is a good choice. It is a story about 12 year old Brazilian girl, named Lidie. When her mother was alive, she lovingly called her, Wild Girl. Lidie loves to ride. After her mother’s death, she longs for her father and brother, who live in New York. She is really excited about her upcoming move to Queens, New York, where they own and run a stable. Once there, Lidie faces several challenges and life turns out to be very different from what she had imagined it to be. No more the little girl that her father and brother remember her as, Lidie fights to find her place in this new land and to prove herself as a strong rider. She befriends Wild Girl, the new filly her father just got, and together, they make their mark.
This short book captures the emotions of a young teen struggling to fit in to a new and unfamiliar place where she does not speak the language and is not able to connect with her family. It also portrays the emotional strength that teens can get from strong bonds with intelligent animals.