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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Anton Disclafani
Adult Fiction DISCLAF

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It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book written in first person. Thea is a girl on the cusp of womanhood who after something happens—it takes most of the book to find out what—in her family finds herself sent from her Florida home to The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s the 1930s and life becomes increasingly uncertain for many girls there. But, Thea is fearless and passionate about riding and soon becomes recognized for her skills, giving her both friendships and a certain cachet among the other students. Thea and her twin brother live isolated, but charmed, lives in Florida so Thea’s ‘camp’ experience is one of learning to live with lots of girls. What ‘camp’ means is elusive at first, but Thea learns at summer’s end that there’s no going home for her. Coping and charting a rocky road to growing up, this novel is an unusual coming-of-age story, one with a lot of suspense and revelations peeled back layer by layer. A good debut novel for the writer.
posted Sep 21, 2013 at 5:30PM
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main characters Thea Atwell
Age: 15
After her role in a family tragedy she was cast out of her Florida home and exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for debutantes; misses her twin brother and the time she spent with him on their family's citrus farm.

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