Skye's Final Test (#06 in Keystone Stables Series)
Skye, Chad, and Morgan are preparing for another summer of teaching special needs children how to ride the horses at Keystone Stables. One student, Joey Klingerman, has Down syndrome, and is very outgoing and talkative to everyone he meets. Almost...
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Skye, Chad, and Morgan are preparing for another summer of teaching special needs children how to ride the horses at Keystone Stables. One student, Joey Klingerman, has Down syndrome, and is very outgoing and talkative to everyone he meets. Almost immediately, Joey takes a special liking to Skye, constantly calling her his girlfriend. Embarrassed and furious, Skye begins to treat Joey harshly when the Chambers aren't around. Joey has been training hard for the Snyder County Fair, but when his horse comes up lame, Skye is forced to make a big decision; will she continue to treat him badly, or show him God's love?
Skye is really annoyed by one of the special needs kids visiting the stables this summer. Joey is an outgoing and friendly kid with Down syndrome, and he takes to Skye right away. When he starts calling her his girlfriend, she's embarrassed and furious, and she begins to treat him harshly when others aren't around. But when his horse comes up lame on the day of a major competition, Skye is faced with a big decision: will she continue to push him away or show him God's love?
Her foster parents have opened Keystone Stables this summer to a visiting group of kids with special needs, and Skye-once an angry, needy teen herself-will help mentor them. It's a real test of her growing maturity. She's really annoyed with one of them: Joey is an outgoing and friendly Down syndrome kid who took a liking to Skye right away. She's both embarrassed and furious when he calls her his girlfriend, and treats him harshly when others aren't around. But when his horse comes up lame on the day of a major competition, Skye is faced with a big decision: will she continue to push him away or show him God's love?
We want to hear from you. Please send your commentsabout this book to us in care of firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.Grand Rapids, MI 49530www.zonderkidz.comwww.zonderkidz.comSkye''s Final TestCopyright 2005 by Marsha HublerRequests for information should be addressed to:Zonderkidz, 5300 Patterson Ave. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataHubler, Marsha, 1947-Skye''s final test / Marsha Hubler.- 1st ed.p. cm. - (Keystone Stables)Summary: One of the special-needs children riding horses at Keystone Stables during thesummer has Down-syndrome and when his affection for Skye embarrasses her, she begins totreat him harshly.ISBN 10: 0-310-70799-4 (softcover)ISBN 13: 978-0-310-70799-8[1. Foster home care-Fiction. 2. Down syndrome-Fiction. 3. People with mental disabilities-Fiction. 4. Horses-Fiction. 5. Christian life-Fiction.] I. Title.PZ7.H86325Sky 2005[Fic]--dc222005006282All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEWINTERNATIONAL VERSION . Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.Used by permission of Zondervan. All Rights Reserved.No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted inany form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Zonderkidz is a trademark of Zondervan.Special thanks to the Glupker family for use of their ranch.Interior design: Susan AmbsInterior illustrations: Lyn BoyerArt direction: Laura Maitner-MasonCover design: Gayle RaymerPhotography: Synergy PhotographicPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08/DCI/5 4 3 2 1Ishould''ve gone to Aunt Dot''s in Charleston for thesummer!" Skye made her point perfectly clear as sheshampooed her horse in the Keystone Stables paddock."I''m really not looking forward to a summer withJoey Klingerman again.""Well, why didn''t you go to Charleston?" Morganshot back. "I''m sure Champ would''ve had a simply marveloustime here without you." From her wheelchair,Skye''s foster sister busied herself polishing a saddle on asawhorse just outside the barn door.Skye threw her arms around Champ''s drenched neckand clung to him like a wet rag. "But I can''t get along withouthim, Morgan. Not for a whole summer. I''d just die!"The sorrel quarter horse nickered and nodded as thoughin agreement with Skye''s dramatic words.Skye kissed Champ on the nose and then sighed as shewiped his neck with a dry cloth. "I know Joey can''t helpit that he has Down syndrome, but he just won''t leaveme alone. Mom''s been helping me to try and understand,and I found a neat website that explains all about kids likehim, but-""And, Skye," Morgan teased, flipping back her longred locks, "what about Chad? You''d die without him too,wouldn''t you?"Skye''s face flushed red-hot and she giggled. "Cut itout. You know I''m going nowhere but here for the wholesummer. Mom and Dad need both of us, I guess. AndChad? Well . . . I . . .""Did I hear my name?" A teenager in a dark brownStetson, plaid shirt, and jeans led a buckskin horse out ofthe barn. "What can I do for you ladies?" Brown eyesflashed in Skye''s direction.Although Skye was soaked and fairly cool fromChamp''s bath, her cheeks flushed hotter than ever. Shethrew a quick glance at Chad and returned to her hosingjob. "Oh-ah-nothing," she stammered. "We''re justdiscussing the summer.""Yeah," Morgan added, "and all the work that''s aheadof us.""But working with the horses is fun-most of the time."Skye positioned herself so she could eye Chad.Chad led the buckskin into the paddock, tied him toa fence post, and started to brush his shiny tan coat."Yeah, even though Mr. C. pays me for helping, it is alot of fun. The money goes into my college fund, andI get to play with horses and kids all summer. Now inmy book that''s one super job. Are all the summerstudents here?"Skye peeked over her horse''s withers, watching Chad''severy mov
Marsha Hubler is a homeschool consultant, evaluator, and educator specializing in elementary education and learning disabilities. She and her husband, Richard, were foster parents to countless children for more than eleven years. They live in Middleburg, Pennsylvania.