This week, I was given a pile of books to look through by the daughter of a friend. She knows I love horses, she knows I love reading, and she knows I like to write about both things combined for a bunch of other fans! I took a look through them all, and I've got the titles and summaries for a couple favourites. You should curl up on a soft couch on a rainy afternoon with a cup of your most beloved tea and check these out!
All of the summaries are quoted from their respective Goodreads pages for ease of finding, and are linked for your perusal!
The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2015)
Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
The Horseman, by Tim Pears (2017)
Somerset, 1911. The forces of war are building across Europe, but this pocket of England, where the rhythms of lives are dictated by the seasons and the land, remains untouched. Albert Sercombe is a farmer on Lord Prideaux's estate and his eldest son, Sid, is underkeeper to the head gamekeeper. His son, Leo, a talented rider, grows up alongside the master's spirited daughter, Charlotte--a girl who shoots and rides, much to the surprise of the locals. In beautiful, pastoral writing, The Horseman tells the story of a family, a community, and the landscape they come from.
Diary of a Horse Mad Girl, by Katrina Kahler
Follow the true adventures of Abbie and her first pony, Sparkle (a beautiful Palomino) in her diary. Yes, she is a horse mad girl and when she gets her first pony...all her dreams come true...
"When I first saw Sparkle, I knew that she was the pony for me! As soon as she cantered across the paddock, I think we both knew that we were meant to be together. But I certainly wasn't prepared for the exciting adventures ahead."
My First Pony will take you on a ride filled with fun, friendships and even near disaster - the true story of a totally horse mad girl and a beautiful palomino named Sparkle. It is suitable for "horse mad" girls aged from around 8 to 12.
These are books that span the ages, for all types. I took a look into the last one to see if I should recommend it to any of the daughters of my friends, and I definitely will be! You should consider picking them up for your own kids!
See you next time!
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