Hoofbeats on the Trail
series: Ally O’Connor Adventures
- Pub. Date
- Oct 2002
Ally suddenly spotted a figure running across the back lawn and disappearing into the woods. She grabbed Nick and made him duck down.
"What?" Nick asked.
"I think it was Jeff darting into the trees."
"Let's see where he was going."
"You mean spy on him?"
"No, just follow him. Come on."
When a mysterious boy rides out of the woods and into Ally O'Connor's life, her fun-spirited friend Nick becomes jealous-and suspicious. Who is this Jeff Kruck? Why does he live with his aunt? And why is he so disrespectful to her?
Ally and Nick try to figure out Jeff, who takes them to meet his friend Coombsie, a man full of surprises who lives alone in the woods. Jeff and Coombsie's unusual friendship makes Ally and Nick wonder if they are behind a rash of break-ins and vandalism in the neighborhood. Ally tries to convince herself that her new friends are innocent. But then she finds Jeff's secret place-and is startled by what's inside!