An Unlikely Friendship by Ann Harris
When Rebecca takes her mother’s car without permission, and the car is damaged in an accident, her parents decide that she has a little growing up to do. To work off the $400 bill, she is forced to get off her high horse and muck out stalls for the summer for her horse-riding instructor. When the stables offer riding lessons for some developmentally challenged children, Rebecca approaches a young autistic girl named Angie, but not understanding Angie’s needs their first encounter is just about as disastrous as it could be. Instead of getting angry and blaming everyone for her problems, Rebecca decides to try again, befriending Angie and learning about how she feels and communicates. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two, but unbeknownst to Rebecca there will be much more growing up to do this summer.
An Unlikely Friendship is by local author Ann Harris, and is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo, August 27th, 2015.