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Super Sporty 7: The Fight Before Christmas by Ellie Firestone

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Super Sporty, The Fight Before Christmas, Ellie Firestone, Children's books, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Children, Action, Adeventure
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: December 12, 2014

Back Cover

Sporty and her best friend, Harley, are two young horses who play basketball for Horsecitty's professional team called the Shorthorns. They're also superheroes.

Still reeling from their last adventure, Sporty and Harley are back home with their families for Christmas. Everything is back to normal -- but it doesn't stay that way for long. A local horse is caught robbing the Horsecitty bank ... but swears that he didn't do it. Another horse is caught shoplifting ... but she denies all knowledge of it. Sporty suspects that mind control is the real culprit, but she's going to have trouble proving it with no evidence and no clues. And time is running out....

If you like horses, if you like superheroes, if you like adventure and aliens, then you'll love Super Sporty and the rest of the Horsecitty gang.

Review

After finding out who was behind their friends' disappearances and outwitting an old enemy, Sporty and Harley go home to their families for the holiday season. Instead of relaxing, Harley is on the lookout for their next adventure, but Sporty just wants to spend some quality time with her sisters, mother, and grandfather. However, Sporty's plans are thwarted when the two superheroes are called to the Horsecitty bank to stop a robbery in progress.

Sporty and Harley catch the robber, a local horse who claims that he has no recollection of the events. The two dismiss the claim as a lame excuse, even though the police officer on the scene mentions that several other horses with similar claims have been arrested, and resume their break from saving the world. Soon after, Sporty catches another horse in the act of shoplifting truffles. When the horse claims that she does not even like truffles and says that the last thing she remembers is doing her ironing, Sporty suspects that someone is using mind control to influence innocent horses to commit crimes.

Will Sporty and Harley catch this evil mastermind or will they also fall victim to this criminal's mind control scheme?

Readers will have a chance to learn more about Sporty's family in this delightful book that will leave readers wondering if her abilities run in the family!

I have noticed that with each book, the evil villains' plots are becoming more complex and dastardly; the last time it was kidnapping via an interdimensional portal, and this time it is mind control. Firestone has been progressively adding more dimension to the superheroes, their dialogue has matured a bit and we see a bit more of who they really are beyond their superhero personas.

The plot in this story is more complex; it is still linear, but there are more tangents that lead back to the overarching story. We also get to meet other horses outside of the superheroes' social circle. I enjoyed this and I think it is brilliant that she has progressively increased the complexity of her plots as it takes into account that her readers' comprehension and reading skills are improving.

While the overall moral of the story focuses on teamwork, there are some other lessons as well: helping those in need, respect, generosity, and looking at the context of a situation before judging a person's actions. These are important life lessons and Firestone does a fantastic job of conveying them without being preachy.

Super Sporty 7: The Fight Before Christmas is an enjoyable and enlightening addition to a fantastic series that is sure to please kids!

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About Ellie Firestone


Ellie Firestone, Super Sporty, The Fight Before Christmas, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Ellie Firestone, Author
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Ellie Firestone lives in the beautiful rolling hills of the English Cotswolds, where she spends her days reading, swimming, and writing her stories.

She also visits her extended family in Texas for weeks at a time, and it's here that she rides horses, goes fishing, swims, and writes even more stories.

She has several pets, including some fish that breed like rabbits, and a super-cute English Toy Terrier named Bonnie, whose hobbies include playing Fetch and eating various articles of clothing.

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Enjoy!