Abby Wize: AWA, by Lisa Bradley

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Abby is an adolescent girl with a mean mother. Abby loves horses. She wants to know all about horse-handling — maybe because her mother can't be handled — although the traditional methods of horse-wrangling seem crude and ineffectual. As Abby begins to learn about "horse-whispering," she's thrown from the saddle and wakes up in the future.

Up to this point, "Abby Wize" is a pretty typical youngsters' novel, with the ground rules for learning and potential dramatic redemption clearly set. But the time-slip twist throws Abby into a lovely future in which the Bahai faith has taken over and everything is unbearably wonderful, thanks to the teachings of Baha'u'llah.

This is a world with no conflict, and no potential for conflict. Alas, for the novel's structure, that means the story line and dramatic resolution have been thrown out in favor of excited proselytizing, and it never really recovers.

{josquote}...the time-slip twist throws Abby into a lovely future in which the Bahai faith has taken over and everything is unbearably wonderful...{/josquote}

Hawaii resident Bradley is clearly a true believer and wants to share both her religious beliefs and love of horses. She has a talent for communicating both. In this case, however, her passions wind up obscuring the novel's potential.

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