Trouble Times Two (#03 in Keystone Stables Series)
Book three in the Keystone Stables fiction series - girls ages 10 and up. Skye and Morgan have their hands full trying to share God's love and the preciousness of life with Tanya Bell, an African-American girl and a runaway...
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Book three in the Keystone Stables fiction series - girls ages 10 and up. Skye and Morgan have their hands full trying to share God's love and the preciousness of life with Tanya Bell, an African-American girl and a runaway who becomes a foster child in the Chambers' household. Tanya is a veteran shoplifter. But when one of the mares dies giving birth to a foal, Tanya is transformed as she takes responsibility for the foal.
www.zonderkidz.com Trouble Times Two Copyright 2005 by Marsha Hubler Requests for information should be addressed to: 5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hubler, Marsha, 1947- Trouble times two / by Marsha Hubler.- 1st ed. p. cm. - (Keystone Stables) Summary: Skye and Morgan have their hands full trying to share friendship and God's love with Tanya, a new foster child in the Chambers' household, who is a veteran shoplifter and a runaway but who shows surprising devotion to a mare and her foal. ISBN 10: 0-310-70574-6 (softcover) ISBN 13: 978-0-310-70574-1 (softcover) [1. Horses-Fiction. 2. Foster home care-Fiction. 3. Christian life- Fiction. 4. Runaways-Fiction. 5. African Americans-Fiction. 6. Pennsylvania- Fiction.] I. title. PZ7.H86325Tp 2005 [Fic]--dc22 2004023968 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL 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 in any 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 Ambs Interior illustrations: Lyn Boyer Art direction: Laura Maitner-Mason Cover design: Gayle Raymer Photography: Synergy Photographic Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Dedicated to the Susquehanna Valley Writers' Group in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Whoa, Champ! Easy fella!" Skye yelled. In his stall, the sorrel quarter horse pranced in place and then shuffled from side to side. Blasts of air snorted from his nose into the cold night like steam from a racing locomotive. Skye rushed into the stall, her thick woolen mittens grabbing at his halter. She planted her boots firmly in the straw and struggled to control the powerful animal with all the strength she had in her slender frame. Despite the cold, the quarter horse quivered in a slick coat of lather. His wild eyes searched every corner of the stall. Fear exploded from him and lodged in Skye's pounding heart. Horses can sense danger, and Skye knew he was sensing it now! Odors of fresh manure and horse sweat were strong in the frigid January air. The barn echoed with the whinnies and stomps of five other frightened horses. Gusts of wind rattled the tin roof, further taunting their fears. "Easy, Blaze, easy!" a voice yelled from another part of the barn. Skye released Champ's halter and hurried out of the stall, spinning toward the voice. Morgan sat in her wheelchair at the end of the stall-gloves raised, panic radiating from her freckled face. Behind a wire-mesh door, a dun mare pranced and snorted. "Morgan," Skye yelled, "we better call Dad down here. I've never seen the horses get this stirred up over a little wind. Could be a bear or cougar prowling in the woods close by. You call Dad, and I'll try to quiet them down!" Morgan motored her wheelchair past the racket toward the barn office. "You're right! They haven't been this bad since that big thunderstorm last summer. Be back in a sec!" Skye stepped back into the stall and took hold of her horse's halter with both hands. "Easy, boy!" she coaxed. Champ quickly settled into a calmer series of sidesteps, head bobs, and trusting nickers. Skye stroked his arched neck, while her eyes checked the rest of his body for cuts
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.