Fyfe Flynn lives on a modest farm in the shadows of the world-famous horse track Churchill Downs, where she spends more time around horses than she does around other kids. That suits her father, the acclaimed jockey Roscoe Flynn, just fine.
When a new foal is born but loses his mother, Fyfe gains a loyal best friend in the horse she names “Shadow of a Doubt.” Together they dream that one day Shadow will become a great racehorse and win the Kentucky Derby. At first, few believe in Shadow’s prospectsespecially when the neighbor next door, Colonel Epsom, uses his great wealth to produce racehorses of the finest caliber and will do whatever it takes to see them win. But Fyfe and Shadow, with the help of their animal friends, refuse to give up on their dreams.
Shadow of a Doubt is a heartfelt book about family, friendship, taking risks and believing in those we love. Shadow and Fyfe are sure to win the hearts of anyone lucky enough to join in their inspirational story.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Skylar James was born and raised in New York City. She learned to ride horses at the age of six and although her riding career lasted just one year, she is exceedingly proud of the red ribbon she won “that one time.” She spent many afternoons pressed against the rail at The Meadowlands Racetrack, long before she was big enough to see over it. Skylar worked in charity, and before that in film and television, until she decided to chase her dreams and become a writer. This is her first novel. She hopes you enjoy it. - www.skylarjamesbooks.com - @skylarjames917
Kelley McMorris is a freelance illustrator, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but is currently traveling the world. She received her MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University and a BA in Japanese at San Jose State University. In 2013 Kelley won the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship. Clients include Disney Hyperion, Scholastic, Lifeway, Highlights and Cricket magazine. Her work has been featured in Illustration West 52, Applied Arts, ImagineFX and the SCBWI bulletin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow! What an incredible ride; interesting, exciting, wonderful values, incredibly well written and funny…very funny, at times. Each character, human and animal, magnificently crafted; a timeless journey for all ages.
Reads like a classic. The writing style and content are extraordinarily sophisticated. A wonderful book for any age and an especially great book for parents and kids to read together. It will ,at times, break your heart but it will also make your spirit soar. You will never forget this story. It's not just about horses!
This book is enchanting, and incredibly well-written! It reminds me of the classics they don't make anymore - The Secret of Nimh, Watership Down, Charlotte's Web and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! The best books transport you into their world, and that's exactly how I felt reading Shadow of a Doubt. I also really appreciated the strong message of the book, how a healthy mix of optimism and hard work can do wonders. And while Fyfe Flynn is a great character, I thought all the characters in the book were equally interesting. This is a great read for all ages, and I hope Skylar James continues the story - or at least writes another book! :)