Thursday, 31 January 2013

The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St John (Young Adult, 10E/10E)

31st January 2013, Orion Children's
336 pages,Hardback
Review copy 

Themes: animal mistreatment, rescuing animals, horse mad, riding schools regime & members, working hard for what you believe in, family opposition, tragedy, deception, Badminton horse trials preparation, dedication to your passion, unexpected help, secrets, lots of drama, very mild romance, tissues most definitely needed

Summary from Orion

Fifteen year old Casey Blue lives in East London's grimmest tower block and volunteers at a local riding school, but her dream is to win the world's greatest Three Day Event: the Badminton Horse Trials.

When she rescues a starving, half-wild horse, she's convinced that the impossible can be made possible. But she has reckoned without the consequences of her father's criminal record, or the distraction of a boy with melty, dark eyes, with whom she refuses to fall in love.

Nayuleska's thoughts 

Despite not enjoying riding I adore horse books. Rescuing a horse is an amazing thing to do - but as Casey discovers keeping horses requires a lot of money and hard work. Whenever an obstacle appeared she did all she could to jump straight over it. She'd never have got so far without the help and dedication of her friends, most of who she meets where she originally learnt to ride. Coming from a not all that wealthy background at first I admit it felt insane for Casey to try and keep Storm Warning - I don't know the exact cost of horses but I know it's a lot. 

Thankfully she has people watching out for her and willing to help her out for reduced rates (sometimes free) with no strings attached. The friendships she forges make a huge difference in her life, providing support when times are tough and she feels she has nowhere to turn. Casey learns the importance of keeping ties with her friends, and learning to let go. Her father's criminal goings ons add that extra spark to this 10/10 read, I kept hoping that events would keep turning downhill because I knew the ending had to be a happy one.  

You can find out more on Lauren's website

Suggested read 

For more horse adventure try The Swallow Tales by K M Peyton


BlueSkyBookworm said...

Ahhhh i love this book so bad... I love horses and reading... Perfect combination ! I can't wait till the second one comes out ! Whether you love horses or not this is an amazing book... 10 / 10 by far ! Ahhhh not enough words to describe this !

Nayuleska said...

BlueSkyBookworm - I agree that emotions can not be 100% conveyed by words. & that it's a fab book :)