Book Launch: Sheila Ruble
Local author and member-owner, Sheila Ruble, launches her first middle-grade novel, Fire Pony, on Saturday afternoon, April 13, at 1 o'clock in a kid-friendly author event. She will read from her novel, lead a brief discussion, and afterward, sign books.
The hero of her book, Cricket O’Conner, is growing up on a horse ranch. Cricket’s job is to help prepare the young colts for sale. The problem is, by the time a young horse is ready for sale, Cricket often finds she has become attached. This summer, she is given an opinionated blue roan, the Fire Pony, with whom she develops a deep connection. When a wildfire starts on the O’Conner ranch, Cricket is ordered to help defend the ranch house, but at the same time, two valuable colts have gone missing. Cricket has to make some hard choices.
Although the target audience is horse-happy middle grade and pre-teen readers, adults also enjoy the book. Set in Montana, it involves wildfire, troublesome horses, animal rescue, and a feisty young heroine. Not to mention a trusty Border Collie.
The author is herself a woman who has lived most of her life on a small ranch in south-central Montana. Also a horsewoman, she was for many years a U.S. Pony Club instructor and a 4-H leader.