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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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LoveReading View on The One Dollar Horse

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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The One Dollar Horse Synopsis

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.

The One Dollar Horse Reader Reviews

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

  • 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 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.
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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 

Full of equine detail the book is definitely one for horse-lovers though the story is so strong that it will interest non-horsey types too. The underlying message is that a dream is achievable if you are willing to put in the hard work and make the sacrifices. CAROUSEL


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781444006360
Publication date: 31/01/2013
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781444002690
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444006360
Publication date: 31st January 2013
Author: Lauren St. John
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Pony Mad

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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