Katy's Champion Pony by Victoria Eveleigh
|Katy's Champion Pony by Victoria Eveleigh|
|Genre: Confident Readers|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A book which is going to be read over and over by the pony-mad tween girl - definitely recommended! Victoria Eveleigh popped into Bookbag Towers to chat to us about why pony books are not just for girls.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 144||Date: February 2012|
|Publisher: Orion Children's Books|
|External links: Author's website|
We first met Katy in Katy's Wild Foal when she found a newborn foal on her birthday. A real bond formed between the two and the foal is now about three years old and ready to be 'backed' - or to have a rider on his back. Away from the ponies Katy is learning that even friends can be a bit thoughtless at times, that old people are not necessarily past it and she finds that she has reserves of strength and determination when it really is a matter of life and death.
I enjoyed Katy's Wild Foal except for a quibble - in fact I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't wait to start the next book in the series. At the end of it I came to two conclusions. The first is that Victoria Eveleigh not only knows he horses and ponies, but she can bring them off the page and let you hear them galloping. The second is that she knows people. She understand that people are not perfect all the time, that they have their strengths and weaknesses and that family and friendship will win through in the end. There's a real love of people and animals which comes through in the books.
It's not just a 'nice' story either. There's a real sense of adventure which had the pages turning themselves at times and the unfortunate side of life - debt and it's consequences - or the evil - horse theft - are not glossed over. Effort gets its reward and criminal acts don't go unpunished. It's not in the least preachy though. It's the sort of book which my pony-loving daughter would have read until it fell apart and even those who are not into horses will still find it a very good read. It's probably most appropriate for the nine-plus age group, but will still be enjoyed by girls well into their teens.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
Girls (or boys) wanting to move into a slightly more demanding book about similar subject matter will enjoy Chancey by Gigi Amateau but Follyfoot by Monica Dickens will also be enjoyed by the nine-plus age group.
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