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  • Written by Bonnie Bryant
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Lisa: The Inside Story

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On Sale: January 30, 2013
Pages: 304 | ISBN: 978-0-307-82593-3
Published by : Skylark RH Childrens Books
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Lisa's great aunt gives her a diary in which to record her feelings, like when she feels frustrated at being labeled a beginning rider, when her friends don't understand her desire to be the very best, or when her mother drives her crazy.


Dear Diary,

Page one of a new diary . . . what a big event! Especially since I haven't written in months and months. I know I used to write almost every day, but somehow I've gotten so busy I almost forgot I ever had a diary. That's going to change. I really want to start writing regularly again, once a week at least. That's why I spent most of my allowance buying this new diary.

Actually, at first I was just going to start again in my last diary. But when I dug it out of my desk drawer, I remembered one of the reasons I put it away in the first place. My brother Peter sent it to me for my birthday last year, and Peter's so much older than I am that I guess he thinks I haven't changed at all since he left for college. I mean, the last time we saw each other every day, I was still wearing pigtails and playing with dolls and stuffed animals, so he must have thought that diary would be right up my alley. I would never want to hurt his feelings by saying so, but I don't think fluffy kittens with big blue eyes and bonnets on their heads were ever up my alley. I mean really!

Anyway, that's why I went out and bought this new diary yesterday. But the reason I got inspired to start writing again in the first place was a magazine article I read a couple of days ago. It was called "Life Journals" and it was about people who keep really good diaries. One of the people in the article was a middle-schooler like me, but most of the others were adults. The article was really interesting-a lot of the people have been keeping journals and diaries since they were kids, and they love looking back over the years and remembering their lives that way. Some keep journals all the time, while others like making scrapbooks for big vacation trips or other important events, like weddings and stuff.

The most interesting part, though, was that a lot of the people go beyond just writing down what happened to them that day. For instance, this one woman has a big, oversized diary, sort of like a photo album. She writes in it a couple of times a week, plus she pastes in things to help her remember all the interesting things she does from day to day-she's saved napkins from nice restaurants, movie ticket stubs, letters from friends, play programs, snapshots, even her dog's obedience-school diploma! She's really creative about finding ways to remember the little things that are pretty easy to forget.

I think I want to do something like that, too. I'll probably skip the snapshots (I have my photo album for that already), and I doubt Dolly will be getting a diploma anytime soon (though Mom keeps threatening to send her to doggy detention if she digs up the petunias one more time), but I'm going to try to paste in any other things that seem interesting and will help me remember. I can at least put in letters (not that I get that many) and maybe print out some e-mails from my friends (though I may have to edit some of the longer horse-related ones from Carole, unless I want to buy a new diary every week! Ha ha!).
Bonnie Bryant

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Saddle Club!

There are only two rules in this club: You’ve got to be horse crazy, and you’ve got to be willing to help your friends.

Sound good? All you have to do to join is turn the page and start reading.

You’re going to meet a lot of new people in the Saddle Club. Some of them you’re going to love, and some of them . . . well, maybe not so much.

The club has three main members: Stevie (short for Stephanie), Carole, and Lisa.

Carole is the horse craziest of them all. Sometimes it seems as if horses are the only things on her mind. Lisa is cool-headed and logical, a straight-A student with a great memory. Stevie, on the other hand, can be a little impetuous and often forgets to use common sense. When she sees people in trouble, she’ll do just about anything to help get them out of it—and that’s where the fun begins!
So saddle up—I mean, open the book, and share the girls’ adventures, troubles, and triumphs. Join them as they solve mysteries, make friends, and visit new places. Learn about Pine Hollow Stables. Meet Max, their teacher, and Mrs. Reg, Max’s mother. Get to know some of the other riders, like Phil and Veronica. Well, you might not want to get to know Veronica. You’ll have to see for yourself.
Most of all, have fun with your fellow Saddle Club members, who are sure to become your new best friends.

Bonnie Bryant

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