July 2011, Red Fox
122 pages, Paperback
Themes: historical, highwaymen, thieves, scoundrels, a good heart, horses, soldiers, temptation, money, some mild peril, some humour.
Summary from Random House Children's books
'Hold the mare for me, lad. And when I come back I'll give you a gold guinea.'
It's more money than the street urchin has ever dreamt of. But who is the rider, and why is there so much interest in the big black horse? And ll the boy ever see the money he has been promised?
I love the feel of this story, the way the boy speaks is such an insight into his nature. I particularly liked the girls who interact with him, because they look exactly how I imagine them in my minds eye with gorgeous period costume. Definitely a 10/10 read.
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