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Published by Orion

“Ned was the reason why Mr Doyle had to get a pacemaker fitted.”

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“And besides, according to most of our teachers, you are not supposed to give power to wild boys on horses. It only encourages them”

Another superb book from the Orion stable.

This is a book about friendship, horses, and being your own person. It is about horse racing, bravery and standing up for what is right. It is about finding out that not everything fits neatly in boxes and that it is rare for people to do so too.

I marked two small points in this book – both made me laugh out loud and they are quoted above…

Ned is something else. I wish I had met Ned when I was a child – wild, different and silent. He doesn’t attend school very often. Ned, though is special – an extraordinarily talented boy – wild, determined, and exceptional. He reminds me a little of my favourite uncle –

This is a story with characters that almost engulf the book.

Minty’s parents though, are parting…things are not right at home. An understatement, if there ever was one. Her father’s stuff is in a skip in their drive, her mother is smiling fake smiles and talking about “turning new leaves”, “starting again” and “new lives”.

The trouble is Minty rather liked the other one – the one before her parent’s began to talk earnestly in whispers, and started smiling fake smiles at one another and then there is Ned.

Ned who doesn’t ‘do’ school. He is the boy that the teachers shrug about. Who glowers at everyone and has something to do with horses…

K M Peyton’s Blind Beauty was my favourite ‘horse’ book. Now I’m not so sure – I suspect it is this, a glorious celebration of being different, bravery and friendship. They should both be sold together – I feel they are a pair of siblings…

I wish I could ride like Ned…I wish I could have a relationship with a  horse like he has with Dagger… but that would entail so much more…

It is superb.

 

 

 

1570For those young ladies who are into horses. This is a lovely book about Charlie Bass the young daughter of a farmer. She is into horses in a big way, however, her parents cannot afford for her to have one. Her older brothers tease her about how she looks, and life at school isn’t easy for her either.

The end of the story is a little unlikely – however, that is not to its detriment, particularly for the age range. It has reflections of Lauren St John’s One Dollar Horse, and is a lovely book. The text is full of riding and racing references and will as I say be loved by all those young riding enthusiasts.

Due to be published as a hardback at just under £10 in September and will be illustrated by Tony Ross