– Faith Erin Hicks –
First Second Books
Published 16 August 2022
If you are in a school library like me, you probably can’t keep the graphic novels up to your readers. Of if you yourself are a graphic novel reader, you are no doubt looking for your next read. Ride On combines horses and friendship in this delightful middle-grade graphic novel.
Victoria just wants to ride horses. Not compete, not train, just enjoy riding for the joy of it. After a fight with her best friend, Victoria has moved to a new stable. There, the riders are wary about the new rider. Who is Victoria and why doesn’t she want to be friends with them? As Victoria slowly gets to know the riders at Edgewood Stables she learns that maybe she isn’t better off alone and that she can love horses and riding and embrace other parts of herself as well.
For all the horse lovers out there, this is the graphic novel for them. But it’s also for the non horse lovers. For those that are confused about friendships during those early teen years. I loved the sections about loving a tv series and just totally embracing all the joy that comes with that fandom, including costumes and watch parties. It’s a great way to explore the themes of accepting all the different parts of who we are and what we love.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Middle grade graphic novel
Themes: Horses, anxiety, friendship.
Reading age guide: Ages 10 and up.
Published: 16 August 2022 by First Second
Format: Hardcover, paperback. 224 pages.