The Glory

Written by Lauren St.John

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LoveReading View on The Glory

March 2015 Book of the Month  For a businessman Jonas B. Ellington is a romantic. That’s why, inspired by tales of the Old West, he comes up with the idea of The Glory, an endurance race for rider and horse that cuts through the heart of the West, from Colarado to Oregon, via Wyoming and Idaho. And he puts up a $250,000 prize too, more than enough to tempt two desperate young people to take part: Will needs money to pay for an operation for his dad; Alex is out to prove herself. Lauren St John’s horse stories are as good as any of the classics by K M Peyton or Patricia Leach and this is a marvellous adventure. Readers will fall in love with the horses, wiry, intelligent Shiraz, part Arab; and Scout, Alex’s horse, a wild palomino.   ~ Andrea Reece

The Glory Synopsis

A Girl on the Run from the Law, Alexandra Blakewood has everything any teenager could wish for, apart from the horse she'd love, but she won't stop getting into trouble. Sent to a US boot camp, she dreams of escaping. It seems impossible until she's told about a gruelling 1,200 mile horse race across the American West...

A Boy on a Mission to Save a Life Will Greyton was the star student at his Tennessee high school until his father was laid off. Now Will works at a burger joint. When his dad falls ill, it seems things can't get any worse. An operation will save him, but there's no way to pay for it. Then Will hears about The Glory, a deadly endurance race with a $250,000 purse, open to any rider daring enough to attempt it...

The Glory Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Jake Fletcher, age 14 - 'If writing a story was like baking The Glory is a cake from a Michelin star restaurant. It’s got a great narrative. The characters were brilliant. The writer is fantastic. It’s a recipe for something delicious.' Read full review >
  • Destiny Maraj, age 13 - 'The Glory was a sad, nerve-wrecking, heart-warming, touching, dramatic novel! I loved every word of it!' Read full review >
  • Celeste Phelan, age 13 - 'A mind boggling book full of love, adventure and excitement all piled into one race.' Read full review >
  • Elle Cogan, age 11 - 'An amazing story of a 1,200 mile race, in which the main competitors are a 16 year old girl being pursued by the law, and a 16 year old boy, fighting to save a life.' Read full review >
  • Eleanor Chung, age 12 - 'This book was inspiring and perfect for horse lovers.' Read full review >
  • Sophie Bridges, age 12 - 'It is really hard to get going but once you get into it is an alright book and I like the theme of it.' Read full review >
  • Sonnie Havis, age 10 - 'As a ten year old boy I love this book and I wish other people would read it as the book is brilliant.' Read full review >
  • Isabel Kardos-Stowe, age 11 - 'I liked this book however, because I liked the characters so much, I felt I wanted to know more about them...I would recommend it to anyone.' Read full review >
  • Abbie Wade age 11 - 'I started reading this book and initially enjoyed it but after a few chapters I found it to get a bit repetitive.... It may suit someone that loves reading about horses more than me.' Read full review >

The Glory Press Reviews

The One Dollar Horse is certain to be huge favourite with readers and will bear comparison with classic horse stories by authors such as Patricia Leitch and K M Peyton.   Books for Keeps

There are many twists and turns but the plot is easy to follow and gripping, I would recommend this book for girls aged from twelve through to adult. The author has a flowing style and an art for bringing her characters to life. NEWBOOKSMAG

Lauren St John's The One Dollar Horse is rare among pony books in setting its dream-come-true story in inner-city London... Writerly, full of equestrian knowledge and rich in character - not least of the horse - this is also a tale of first love, and is a handsome package with deep pink-edged pages. -- Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

...one of the best characters in this thrilling rags-to-riches tale is Storm Warning. You can't help but identify with this courageous animal and St John makes you feel the thrill of what it must be like to jump over a fence on such a horse with such heart and soul. No nagging doubts, this book's a winner. -- Martin Chilton, Telegraph online

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781444012767
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781444012750
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444012750
Publication date: 5th March 2015
Author: Lauren St.John
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Lauren St.John

Lauren St John grew up surrounded by horses and wild animals on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe, the inspiration for her memoir, Rainbow’s End. After studying journalism, she relocated to the UK, where she spent nearly a decade on the European and PGA Tours as golf correspondent to the Sunday Times. She also wrote the acclaimed music biography Hardcore Troubadour: The Life & Near Death of Steve Earle. She is the author of the multi-award- winning The White Giraffe series for children, as well as the Laura Marlin mysteries, the ...

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