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The One Dollar Horse

Written by Lauren St.John
Part of the The One Dollar Horse Series

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Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John tells a thrilling rags-to-riches story in this gripping story of one girl and her dream. Horse-mad Casey has only one dream: to ride a winner in the Badminton Horse trials. But Casey lives in a flat in an urban tower block with her out-of-work father; owning a horse is out of the question. When Casey saves a broken-down bag of bones from the knacker’s yard, she sets in motion the possibility of making her extraordinary dream come true.

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  • Poppy Stephens, age 10 - 'This book was amazing and I couldn’t put it down. I loved it so much I can’t wait to read the second one!' Read full review >
  • Isabel  Kardos-Stowe, age 10 - 'I loved The One Dollar Horse and just couldn't put it down. The description was lovely; I could picture every scene. I would rate this book 10/10, a must read.' Read full review >
  • Poppy, age 15 - 'a very touching story, that was well written. It had strong characters and a good storyline. It was easy to get into and imagine the people, and it ended well.' Read full review >
  • Ella Day, age 11 - 'I would recommend this book to horse lovers and adventure seekers. The storykeeps you gripped from beginning to end and you don't want to put it down.' Read full review >


The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St.John

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. Casey learns the hard way that no matter how high you jump, or how fast you gallop, you can never outrun the past. A real life thriller that delves into the competitive and elite equestrian world from the 2011 Blue Peter Book of the Year award-winning author.


'Captures all the excitement of top-level riding – I loved it!' - Mary King, international event rider.

'Clear, warm-hearted storytelling' - The Times

'A pleasure to read' - Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Lauren St.John

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors Lauren St John was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe. At 11, she and her family moved to Rainbow's End farm and game reserve, the subject of her acclaimed memoir, and she grew up surrounded by animals, including eight horses, two warthogs and a pet giraffe. After nearly a decade as golf correspondent to The Sunday Times, followed by a sojourn in the US, riding the tour buses of alt. country stars like Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and the Dixie Chicks, she wrote the bestselling 'White Giraffe' series. 'Dead Man's Cove', the first in her new mystery series about 11-year-old detective, Laura Marlin, won the 2011 Blue Peter Favourite Story and Book of the Year Awards.

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

1st March 2012




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