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The 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 BLUE PETER BOOK OF THE YEAR Award Winning Author


10 thoughts on “The One Dollar Horse

  1. says:

    Casey Blue lives in a small flat in the bad part of London s East End and volunteers at a low end riding school so of course she dreams of riding and winning at Badminton When she hears the scream of a terrified horse and sees the big, skin and bone gray racing down a busy street, she grabs his rope and the disgusted slaughterhouse owner sells her the horse for 1 after the horse injures several employees So with a starved and weak rescue horse, no money, no trainer, and no experience, the Casey Blue lives in a small flat in the bad part of London s East End and volunteers at a low end riding school so of course she dreams of riding and winning at Badminton When she hears the scream of a terrified horse and sees the big, skin and bone gray racing down a busy street, she grabs his rope and the disgusted slaughterhouse owner sells her the horse for 1 after the horse injures several employees So with a starved and weak rescue horse, no money, no trainer, and no experience, the stage is set.The good the horse parts are well done, both the actions of the individual horses and the scenes at the barns and at the shows The descriptions of the horse trailers and of difficulties loading horses and things that happen during the different phases of the shows were especially good I loved the horse himself, big brave boy The story was interesting and the book held my attention throughout And I loved that it was about eventing, a sport which isn t written about as much as it deserves.The bad The plot is very typical horse is rescued from slaughter, forms a bond with his rescuer and they become champions Girl s friend and neighbor turns out to be skilled trainer Anonymous benefactor provides money Girl s love for her horse triumphs over other riders they haveexperience and fancy horses but Casey has LOVE for her horse, which trumps all It was also unrealistic in the extreme that a 15 year old girl who s had ten riding lessons in her life could take an inexperienced horse to Badminton in two years Most annoying, they go to their first event at Novice level UK, which is Prelim level in the USA without ever schooling a single cross country fence In fact there is not a single mention of any training over fences in the book Since they constantly get rails in stadium, perhaps some schooling might have helped Maybe But I guess when your coach is a champion dressage rider you can just skip the jumping trainingsigh.Overall I really enjoyed the book Despite the unrealistic parts and most horse fiction IS unrealistic, nobody d read a book where the heroine and her horse never got anywhere the story was fun and exciting Looking forward to the second book in the series


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    The one dollar horse is a truly amazing book.From a one dollar horse to a multi million dollar horse it is a very inspirational book that goes over if you can dream it you can do it and in that case it worked for Casey This is not any book this is a book that draws you in and in parts actually makes you feel like you are riding at badminton horse trials leaping over the jumps over and over in your mind If you don t know what cross country and dressage is in the equestrian world, I wouldn t rec The one dollar horse is a truly amazing book.From a one dollar horse to a multi million dollar horse it is a very inspirational book that goes over if you can dream it you can do it and in that case it worked for Casey This is not any book this is a book that draws you in and in parts actually makes you feel like you are riding at badminton horse trials leaping over the jumps over and over in your mind If you don t know what cross country and dressage is in the equestrian world, I wouldn t recommend it, but if you do I completely recommend this book 110%


  3. says:

    I actually quite enjoyed this book because it was different to any book I ve read before The story was based around two main characters, Casey and her horse, Storm Warning Through their ups and downs, they learn to love each other as great companions The reason I gave this book three stars was because halfway through the book I was simply bored Nothing was happening that kept me hooked and on my toes but overall, a nice comfort read.


  4. says:

    This is a nice horsey book, with a theme of hard work and dedication to a special horse taking a girl from rags to riches The setting is London s multicultural east districts and rural England I found it suitable for children rather than young adults, with one dimensional characters.I would have liked the bookif it was not so full of clich s Growing up I always wore a belt in case I would find a horse running wild down the street and have to catch him and lead him I never did there w This is a nice horsey book, with a theme of hard work and dedication to a special horse taking a girl from rags to riches The setting is London s multicultural east districts and rural England I found it suitable for children rather than young adults, with one dimensional characters.I would have liked the bookif it was not so full of clich s Growing up I always wore a belt in case I would find a horse running wild down the street and have to catch him and lead him I never did there were no horses on the streets, but they were in the books I read about a previous generation s adventures The best books showed a horse rescued from a cruel heartless owner, who is only out for gain, from Black Beauty to Smoky to King of the Wind to the Black Stallion The fiery untameable horse falls into love and trust with the patient young rider, and the two become unbeatable, from National Velvet to Thunderhead to Misty to the Golden Stallion to the Black Stallion and a dozen pony books The ownership of the horse may change and take him away from the young rider, like the Black Stallion or multiple pony books In pony books still today or Jilly Coopers there may be an obvious antagonist who is a wealthier and nastier version of the young rider because it is easy, meaning lazy I was checking off each of these experiences all over again I know it s hard to write an original book, but this one is really close to International Velvet with the eventing, the dead American mother, the sponsorship issues, lack of friends and top competitors All we were missing was the Olympics We also get a hint of Great Expectations There is just one original sub plot, which is the rider s father having spent time in jail and trying to find work, only to have a brush with unsavoury associates I would have supposed that the hard work and training would have included reading horsey schooling books, eventers autobios and stable management books We don t hear of any, just magazines, although some eventers are named And the author should have stressed the safety vests that are obligatory wear in any cross country from Riding Clubs upwards Some of the eventing fences should also have been described for those who have never seen them, and I would have assumed that the girl and horse would have been competing in indoor jumping shows during winter Yes, I did come up through showjumping, on a Thoroughbred mare, bringing her from half starved quick sale to Grade A So it does happen But not in two years And you have to work as well And nobody throws money at you, and the professionals with the lorry load of horses to your one have a far, far better chance than you And your horse goes lame so you miss shows, and you have no money or socialising time ever, because everything you have goes on the horse Read One Dollar Horse, enjoy it and I hope you don t feel as gypped as I did when I realised that I d read the story many times before over the years


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    This book is truly a brilliant, endearing, and inspirational read I loved being able to travel with Casey and Storm on their journey from nothingness to stardom Casey was a sweet girl who, in the end, didn t let things go to her head Not to say that it was easy No, it was a rough road, but she soldiered on and got her reward I also really enjoyed Casey and Strom s relationship and how they built it I am definitely one who believes in building trust with your horse as a foundation for what This book is truly a brilliant, endearing, and inspirational read I loved being able to travel with Casey and Storm on their journey from nothingness to stardom Casey was a sweet girl who, in the end, didn t let things go to her head Not to say that it was easy No, it was a rough road, but she soldiered on and got her reward I also really enjoyed Casey and Strom s relationship and how they built it I am definitely one who believes in building trust with your horse as a foundation for what you do Mrs Smith was such a dear I loved her immediately St John s writing voice was enjoyable and fit well with the story It wasn t heavily detailed, but that was okay it matched well with the audience I think St John wrote this for I wasn t crazy about the grammar, though Some of the sentences could have used a comma or had one too many commas But that could just be me being picky The pacing was great It was steady and St John didn t spend gobs of time on training and every other mishap She kept things moving along, dwelling on what was important and skimming over what wasn t Also, St John wasn t overly technical Some horse books tend to contain so much horse language that it s hard for people who are unfamiliar with this to read them Another note on the plot Yes, the end result was predictable I ll admit that But I was expecting it to go that way so I wasn t disappointed Lastly, this was a clean read The are one or two occasions when bad language is alluded to, but it isn t blatant Altogether, I recommend this book I especially think it would be perfect for younger teens


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    Wow I ve been sick all day, but this made me feel a little better.This novel is filled with hope, joy, suspense, dreams, faith, betrayal, friendship and love with a little bit of very natural romance I loved every bit of it.I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves horses It captures the relationship between horse and rider perfectly and is extremely heart warming.It focused a lot on chasing your dreams and backing it up with action, which I loved and believe is a very valuable life le Wow I ve been sick all day, but this made me feel a little better.This novel is filled with hope, joy, suspense, dreams, faith, betrayal, friendship and love with a little bit of very natural romance I loved every bit of it.I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves horses It captures the relationship between horse and rider perfectly and is extremely heart warming.It focused a lot on chasing your dreams and backing it up with action, which I loved and believe is a very valuable life lesson Another important life lesson that this novel focuses on is never to give up on your dreams.This book is also perfectly written and seamlessly executed I can t wait to pick up the next book


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    The One Dollar Horse provides a much needed twenty first century spin to the horse story Full of urban edge, and yet never quite losing that fairytale element all good horse stories have, The One Dollar Horse is a book that pony lovers will adore It s written by the superb Lauren St John author of the amazing Laura Marlin series and St John knows her horse world She writes with a thrilling competency that reminded me of some of the greats of horse fiction Caroline Akrill, Ginny Elliot and The One Dollar Horse provides a much needed twenty first century spin to the horse story Full of urban edge, and yet never quite losing that fairytale element all good horse stories have, The One Dollar Horse is a book that pony lovers will adore It s written by the superb Lauren St John author of the amazing Laura Marlin series and St John knows her horse world She writes with a thrilling competency that reminded me of some of the greats of horse fiction Caroline Akrill, Ginny Elliot and Patricia Leitch.Casey Blue is a fairly typical horse mad teenager That is, until she comes across a wild horse destined for the knackers yard in the back streets of Hackney Rescuing this horse proves the first step in fulfilling her dream of competing at Badminton and it s not an easy ride both literally and metaphorically for Casey to get there The joy of horse stories is that, when done well, they re world class They re tales of how when you do the right thing, when you re kind to animals, and when you believe in yourself, you can achieve great things.In The One Dollar Horse, Lauren St John has done all this and she s also thrown a hot trainee farrier into the mix There s also a very nice edge in how she writes certain characters into getting their just desserts It s not moralising didacticism, it s an almost karmic retribution and it s brilliant to read I do try not to use the word brilliant when reviewing a book by Lauren St John but somehow I always seem to fail Okay I give in The One Dollar Horse is a brilliantly modern spin on the horse story and I really really loved it Because it was brilliant So very very brilliant


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    The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St JohnOne of the latest releases onto the very female orientated equestrian novel stage or pony books , whichever floats your boat It is the first in the series, however it also works well as a stand alone novel I think as well as it is a very complete book.Lauren St John is already a successful childrens novelist, including having been the author of the 2011 Blue peter Book of the Year Award as well as an adult writer, so specialised in both genres, with thi The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St JohnOne of the latest releases onto the very female orientated equestrian novel stage or pony books , whichever floats your boat It is the first in the series, however it also works well as a stand alone novel I think as well as it is a very complete book.Lauren St John is already a successful childrens novelist, including having been the author of the 2011 Blue peter Book of the Year Award as well as an adult writer, so specialised in both genres, with this book she takes a step into the relatively un chartered waters for her of Young Adults writing with this book.One Dollar Horse is a slight exception to horse books of late, being one of a minority aimed at Young Adults instead of a younger audience of around 10 12, apparently equine novelists think when we hit 13 we stop caring about horses.The book itself is a fast paced book, seeing Casey Blue, a 15 year old girl volunteering at an inner city riding school and living in a block of flats with her criminal father to becoming one of the top names in three day eventing.Despite the mis leading title this is a novel set in England, the fact the horse is bought with a dollar adding to the strained confusion woven throughout this book as Casey learns what it is like to be a rider at this level from what is usually elitist world intermingled with the wonder of who her mysterious benefactor is.As with all Young Adult novels aimed at females though there is also the usual love interest that is not to be achieved easily as well, a plot that fits in but was not exactly necessary but I found it to not take anything away either.Although I really enjoyed this book though I flt it was slightly flawed with the odd plot line being slightly easily to predict where it was going to head Also as I said it would work as a stand alone novel, I feel this is capable as everything is tied up within this book, not necessarily a problem but it would have nice if it had been drawn out Regardless I am looking forward to the sequels release in 2013 and will be sure to buy and read it.Something I also appreciated with this book was the terminology used, being quite technical in places, however I may have enjoyed this having been horse riding from an early age and reading non fiction books as often to widen my knowledge of them other readers may find that daunting in places.Overall I give this book an 8 10, one I recommend to people with an interest in horses fully or even just a fleeting glimpse, as my rather un horsey fanatic mother read it and enjoyed it A good quick read which will make you curious for the sequel but without leaving that oh so agonising wait for the sequel as it s rather cliffhanger free


  9. says:

    When I was younger, about every second weekend I would visit the beautiful children s Lion and the Unicorn Bookshop in Richmond which, sadly, has only recently closed and one of my favourite choices would always be Lauren St John s The White Giraffe series, which I devoured Therefore when I saw not one, but two new Lauren St John books on the Indigo Bloggers News I couldn t resist Keeping with the animal theme like in her other books, St John doesn t fail to enrapture and enchant readers When I was younger, about every second weekend I would visit the beautiful children s Lion and the Unicorn Bookshop in Richmond which, sadly, has only recently closed and one of my favourite choices would always be Lauren St John s The White Giraffe series, which I devoured Therefore when I saw not one, but two new Lauren St John books on the Indigo Bloggers News I couldn t resist Keeping with the animal theme like in her other books, St John doesn t fail to enrapture and enchant readers with her classic yet fiercely different tale of a horsey cinderella on her journey to become a full blown princess or winner of Badminton, in this case I found the overall appearance of the book totally endearing, and yes, I am talking about the beautiful bright pink edged pages There is nothing else that attracts a girl to anythingthan pink, and if I am ever lucky enough to have my own book published I will definitely have colourfully edged pages However, aside from the pink, I found the book itself completely not what I was expecting When I was younger, I would read animal books a lot, though as I grew into a terrible teenager they didn t interest me as much At a first glance, after reading the first chapter actually, I thought this would be the typical story of a girl who has nothing finds a horse completely out of the blue, of course then becomes a champion horse rider at the end However I was delighted whilst reading that I was very wrong there were many twists and turns that were completely unexpected and page turner moments that were unique yet comfortably familiar that comes with reading a feel good novel I found the protagonist Casey an extremely loveable and strong character who had an interesting and complex relationship with all the other characters, and I enjoyed following her journey.Overall, I think that the most important aspect of the book was the cliched sense that nothing is impossible , yet this was paired with the sense that if you want something, you can t just wait for it to come to you, you need to put everything into it to get what you want out of it I think that this is a very important message to everyone in the world today work hard, and achieve your dreams.I thoroughly enjoyed reading St John again, and I hope that she writesbooks for teenagers


  10. says:

    Horse mad children and teens will love this story about a young girl who rescues a horse from the knacker s yard and then goes on to ride him in the Badminton Horse Trials, the world s greatest three day event They will also love the gorgeous hardcover copy with shocking pink edged pages This book practically begs you to pick it up Casey Blue loves horses After she saves Storm Warning from near death, a bond is formed between horse and girl that nothing can break Casey has had a tough life a Horse mad children and teens will love this story about a young girl who rescues a horse from the knacker s yard and then goes on to ride him in the Badminton Horse Trials, the world s greatest three day event They will also love the gorgeous hardcover copy with shocking pink edged pages This book practically begs you to pick it up Casey Blue loves horses After she saves Storm Warning from near death, a bond is formed between horse and girl that nothing can break Casey has had a tough life after her father was sent to prison for his part in a burglary but she s determined and has a dream that she ll do anything to reach When I was younger I used to love reading books about horses I was a huge fan of The Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant and was always on the lookout for new titles This book brought back many happy memories of my horse mad days and I m sure will be well loved by today s audience I really liked the main character Casey and enjoyed the way the book explored her relationship with her father, as well as the romance which develops between her and the Farrier s son Peter, who notices something different and special about her from the moment he first sets eyes on her Lauren St John has really managed to capture the love of horses that many of the characters share and the excitement of competing on one of the greatest stages of them all It was extremely enjoyable watching Casey overcoming so much adversity and so many obstacles and the book makes you believe that anything is possible and that dreams really can come true The second book in the trilogy entitled Race the Wind will be published in March 2013 and follows Casey on the next step of her adventure