Penguin NZ, 2009 ISBN 13: 9780143304593 RRP: $17.95
The curly-coated horse stopped for a moment, just long enough to put his nose in the air and make a high-pitched honking noise.
“That’s a special noise they make to the rest of the herd, It’s a warning device horse have – they do it when they want to warn the others there’s a predator around. Clever, eh?”
In the first book we meet Suzy and her two best friends Lucy and Alexa. They are camping out at White Cloud Station waiting for the annual round up of wild horses. Lucy desperately wants a horse, but her asthma is a problem. Until she meets the curly haired horse she quickly names Ripple.
She desperately wants to buy Ripple at the auction, but someone beats her to it. After much heartache Suzy finds out the horse was bought for her.
Suzy and her friends have lots of fun on their horses in Trudy Nicholson’s first novel. The story is heavy with horsey facts which is to be expected given that the author has penned many non-fiction horse books.
Summer With Horses By Trudy Nicholson, Penguin NZ, 2009
“Ripple! Ripple! Suzy yelled at the top of her lungs. There was a feint neigh from the direction of the cave. “Why isn’t he coming when I call him? She peered desperately toward the cave. “The tide’s turning – he must be caught over there. If we don’t get him out he’ll be trapped and…and…he won’t be able to come back.”
Suzy, her pals and their horses are camping out at the beach where they meet Sam a young boy who loves horses as much as they do. Sam quickly becomes the hero after Ripple gets caught in the rising tide inside a cave.
In the second book in this series, the action is stepped up a bit with a near disaster on the beach. Then Suzy goes to stay at White cloud Station and her relationships with the owners is explored more.
Another story packed with horse facts that equine lovers would enjoy.
Reviews by Christine Hurst
Trudy Nicholson attended pony club and competed as a child. She later became a teacher of horse riding, both to children and adults, bringing many through to competition level. Trudy has trained competition horses, evented, competed in dressage at national level and worked in the thoroughbred industry in a variety of capacities. Her photographic skills and knowledge of horses give her the ability to capture the body language, relationships and emotions of the horse in a uniquely expressive way. When not travelling, her base is a small rural holding with her family and horses in Nelson. She is also the author of A Way With Horses.
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