Friends Like These (Horse Country #2)

by Yamile Saied Méndez (Author)

Friends Like These (Horse Country #2)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Horse Country

Trouble in Paradise? In this second installment of Horse Country, critically acclaimed author Yamile Saied Méndez welcomes readers back to the ranch.

Carolina's hope of opening up Paradise Ranch to everyone is coming true: the Unbridled Dreams program is ready to welcome its first sponsored student!

Gisella Bassi seems like the perfect fit -- on paper, that is. When she arrives at Paradise Ranch, she's not as excited as everyone expects. She might even be... scared of the horses? But if their first student isn't a success, there's no way the program will continue. Can Caro and her new friend, Chelsie, agree on how to rope Gisella in?

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Kirkus Reviews

A compelling read about learning to work well with others.

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Praise for Horse Country #1: Can't Be Tamed:

The book's descriptions of ranch life are immersive and realistic. The thoughtful protagonist, who brings heartfelt passion and dedication to every aspect of caring for horses — even the messiest parts — will especially appeal to young animal lovers... An enjoyable read about horses, friendship, and second chances. — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Wish Upon a Stray:

An entertaining and endearing tale of resilience in the face of change and loss as well as the opportunities that can come when challenges are met. A sweet tale of dealing with estrangement and finding belonging. — Kirkus Reviews

Yamile Saied Méndez
Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is the author of Blizzard Besties, Random Acts of Kittens, Wish Upon a Stray, and many other books for young readers, including Furia, a Reese's YA Book Club selection and winner of a Pura Belpré YA Author Medal. She was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, and now lives in Utah with her family. A Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she is also a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Connect with her at
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Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
June 20, 2022
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