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Lauren St John
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31 Jan 2013 One Dollar Horse

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.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (31 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444006363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444006360
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 2012-03-12)

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 2012-03-01)

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 2012-04-08) 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 2012-03-23)

Certain to be a huge favourite with readers and will bear comparison with classic horse stories by authors such as Patricia Leitch and KM Peyton. (BOOKS FOR KEEPS 2012-03-01)

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 2012-07-01)

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From the winner of the 2011 BLUE PETER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD comes a thriller set in the equestrian world about making the impossible possible, about reaching the top on a one dollar horse.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse Trials and Tribulations 2 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Living in a high-rise in Hackney, with a convicted thief for a father, Casey Blue knows she's lucky to live so close to Hope Lane Riding School, but it isn't known as Hopeless for nothing. Horse mad Casey has big dreams - to win Badminton Horse Trials - but without enough money to even pay for riding lessons, she knows there's no place for her in such an expensive sport.

Until she rescues a half-starved, half-crazed horse from the brink of death. Bought with a chance found US dollar bill and saved with love, almost everyone is ready to write Storm off. And even if he does survive, without money, she still can't compete. Except Casey has a dream and Storm Warning is far from average. Surely if they both work hard - and get a little help from their friends - there's no knowing what they can achieve.

Horse lovers everywhere will adore this. Casey is a gutsy girl, hard working and determined, and filled with love for her misfit horse. Storm too had a lot of charm. He may have been mistreated, but he's still smart and capable of defying the odds. Reading about their journey was great - and brought back plenty of memories of my own horse mad summers and misfit horse.

There are plenty of other characters to like and loathe too, from the Hopeless crew to Mrs Smith, Casey's dad and Peter the farrier's son, not to mention the young eventing superstar Anna Sparks, her too rich father and Raoul the sinister groom.

Full of grit, determination, triumphs, defeats, love, loss and betrayal this was a great involving read. A love of horses will definitely help with the terminology, but it's also a book about dreams and working to achieve them. I just wish we'd learned a little more about Mrs Smith. Sure, it may no be the most original plot, nor the least predictable, but it's still a great delightful read. I'd love to read more about all of them.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than I Had Hoped! 15 Feb 2012
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I really did enjoy this book immensely, and I heartily believe this is a book that ANY horse-mad person will enjoy - regardless of age.

It is the tale of Casey Blue, a girl of fifteen, who lives in Hackney with her ex-convict father. She works all the hours she can spare at the local stables, so that she can be near to the animals she loves so much, but she dreams of greater things for herself. When she becomes the owner of a neglected, and very sick, horse, she must somehow find a way to fund her obsession or lose that which she holds most dear.

Her father has made mistakes but he dearly loves his daughter, and encourages her in her dreams of equestrian achievements. Even those we love can make mistakes though, and Casey finds herself in an horrendous situation whereby she must risk losing one, or possibly even both, of the things that make her up life as she knows it.

I really loved that this book mentions the snobbery and bitchiness which can be apparent at horse events. I love the idea of a teenager from deprived beginnings having the guts to rise above the pathetic reactions of those not worthy of her time. I also think that the idea of someone working that hard to achieve their very best in their chosen sphere is excellent. More authors could take note of this when writing books aimed at young adults. They need to be inspired to follow their dreams and to not fear the hard work that it takes to do that.

I hope that Lauren St John sees fit to write more horsey novels, as there are lots of teenagers and adults alike who would dearly love to read horsey stories that have more of a touch of realism to them.

I highly recommend this to all horse-mad people! Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books i've ever read 21 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
i love horses and find it hard to find good books that are not too young (i am 13)This book just takes you into a world of your own ,you cannot put it down. My friend went into hospital for a life changing operation and i lent it to her and she read it within two days. We loved it and would recomend it to anyone .Cant wait for the next one to come out in March!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good and well told story 29 Jan 2012
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This is a review by an adult who still enjoys reading horse and pony stories (and wishes there were more written for adults)

15 year old Casey lives in a tower block in London and when she's not at school or working part-time she helps out at a local riding school and dreams of swapping rides on school ponies for competing at Badminton Horse Trials. When by chance she rescues a downtrodden and half starved horse destined for slaughter, her life transforms as she struggles against the odds to train him to be an eventer.

I read this book in a weekend and although the overall story is fairly predictable there was more depth than I expected and this kept the story grounded in reality. This is a good piece of well written, feel good fiction and I recommend it to horse lovers of all ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating and enjoyable 18 April 2012
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My 9 year old, horse mad daughter could not put this book down, in fact she didn't even want to go outside when the ice cream van came because she was at 'the best bit' which was finding out if Casey.....the girl who came up from nothing, struggling against adversity to get into the horse world actually makes it to the Badminton Horse Trials!!

Any book that gets a child to forgo their trip to the ice cream van is worth reading in my opinion!!
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Published 3 days ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Starts off quite slow but once you get a feel of it it becomes addictive. I read it in less than two days and I'm not a fast reader it's that addictive. So emotional and thrilling! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maria Martin
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I really enjoyed reading this book, it was really intersting tho some parts seemed a little bit optamistic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rkcam
5.0 out of 5 stars Every girls dream
What a excellent book start way back at the start of badminton with all current names and a good story line. Fantastic
Published 1 month ago by Margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars One dollar horse
Although I really enjoyed this book and I thought it was very gripping; I found it slightly hard to keep up with all the competitions. So I wasn't tempted to read the next book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alice Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant
When I picked this book up in the airport I was a bit unsure as I am not horse mad but wanted a good book to read on holiday.

Any doubts I had on this book where wrong. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CatR
5.0 out of 5 stars A M A Z I N G
I absolutely loved this book, me myself being a huge fan of horses and wanting to win Badminton one day made me even more determined! Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrs sophie c johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars alicia Wilkins
Was good but kinda new what was guna happen, but it does describe someone's pain at loosing someone they loved
Published 2 months ago by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars No words
This book was amazing, words can't describe it. Being a horse mad girl myself I can really see what that meant. I'm now going to read the next one. I was hooked on this book!
Published 3 months ago by beth
5.0 out of 5 stars epic a great adventure you fall into the book
Five star amazing it is touching and shows passion ! From the minuet I started it I was sucked in
Published 4 months ago by blob 88
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