Book review: The Search for TK, by Bobbi J.G. Weiss

Weiss, Bobbi J. G. The Search for TK. (Ride series, #3) Candlewick Entertainment, 2018. $7.99. ISBN 9780763698577. 263 pages. Ages 12+. P7 Q6

Kit’s horse, TK has been taken away because he is dangerous. For Kit, who had to overcome obstacles to ride her horse, it is devastating. The main plot revolves around finding a way to get TK back. As Kit is doing research for a project, she realizes some information she knew about her mother (who passed away before book 1) is not true, which leads to some loose ends and a mystery that might be resolved in the next sequel. The first few chapters summarize what has happened in book one and two. Without reading the first two books the reader doesn’t fully grasp the relationships between the various characters. The book does not have a lot of substance; however, it will appeal to youth who like horses. Though the book is the third book in the series, it can stand alone. The book sets up for another sequel.

Verdict: Since the book is made from a Nickelodeon movie, it may be popular with teens. I found the book shallow and not of much substance.

November 2018 review by Tami Harris.

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Book review: Kit Meets Covington, by Bobby J.G. Weiss

Weiss, Bobby J.G. Kit Meets Covington. (Ride series, book 1) Candlewick Entertainment, 2017. $7.99. ISBN 9780763698355. 269 Pages. Ages 12 +. P7 Q7

Based on the Nickelodeon series Ride: Kit Meets Covington. After her mother’s death, Kit and her father move to Covington Academy, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she meets new friends and figures out how to navigate life in a new country. Kit bonds with a wild horse, TK, and makes a plan to save the horse from being shipped away from the school. The book does not reference Kit’s mother, which makes the reader wonder what happened to her. In the beginning of the story, the author references Kit’s friend, Charlie, but only in the first few chapters. There are a few unresolved conflicts. I think it makes a better movie than book. The book focuses on Kit riding TK, but the book ends before the competition occurs. More details on what happened to her mom, follow up with her friend Charlie and resolved conflicts would improve the book. It is almost like you are coming into a story already in progress that ends before the story is over. It is set up for a sequel, but can stand alone.

Verdict: If you have seen the movie, you might enjoy the book. Beautiful photo on the front of the book with Kit and TK, Covington in the background, and glossy photos in the middle of the book will appeal to young teens.

December 2017 review by Tami Harris