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PublisherOrion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Publication date1st March 2012
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The One Dollar Horse
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
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.
A message from Lauren on why she wrote this book:
"Growing up on an African farm, I used to dream about winning the Olympic gold medal for eventing. We had eight horses, including my black horse called Morning Star, the son of a champion racehorse, who had been born in a rainstorm - I was there and covered him with my raincoat. To me, Star was the greatest horse that ever lived and it was only a matter of time before we got to the Olympics.
"The best thing about growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere is that there's tons of space and free wood, and loads of people to help you with crazy ideas. I persuaded my dad to build me a cross-country course in our 100-acre game reserve. It sprawled through the whole thing, and even incorporated a water jump. I used to race around the game reserve on Star, watched by our pet giraffe and the impala, dreaming of Badminton.
"Quite apart from the fact that I wasn't a good enough rider, Badminton didn't happen because our farm was sold, we had no money, and because before very long writing took over from riding as my chief passion. But I love horses and eventing as much as I ever did. Writing The One Dollar Horse was my way of living out my dream through Casey Blue.
"With all my books, I find that my characters become friends, and I've never felt that more strongly than I did with this novel. I pined for them when I'd finished it. For that reason and many others, I'm very happy to be working on the sequel, Race the Wind. I hope you enjoy The One Dollar Horse as much as I loved writing it."
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SynopsisThe 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 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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