The Green Meadow series is good for middle to upper elementary students. Leslie, the main character, is 13 years old. Her mother passed away some time ago, leaving her alone with her father. To pass the time, she works at the Green Meadow stables. She adores horses, though she can't afford her own. When she is given the opportunity to show one of the horses for its owner, she is quite successful, despite attempted sabotage by her nemesis Kate. Soon after the show, she finds her own horse. Though she names him Lucky, her father insists on calling him Bubba and the name sticks.
Bubba brings a lot of luck into Leslie's life. She gains new friends and a new mother. Relationships are put to the test later on, when a fire injures her beloved horse. Leslie starts to feel all different kinds of emotions about her life, which is quite typical at her age. As she tries to figure out herself and how to handle the new curve balls thrown to her by life, she learns some valuable lessons.
These books teach readers an amazing amount about horses. I know just a little, but felt a bit more educated after reading this series. I also appreciated positive role models and a healthier storyline than what is often found in current children's literature.