This is currently free on Amazon and would count as new for reading program. Theres also a sequel which i picked up a week or two ago for free so i'm guessing that will come round again too. Could have done with a good proof reader (lots of annoying typo's/spelling/grammatical errors sadly) but actually has the makings of a nice traditional style series.
I think I have that one on my kindle app. Unfortunately my e-book TBR list is even vaster than my print one!!!
I cannot believe how many new books I have TBR, just finished "Chasing Dreams" by Maggie Dana (will do review tomorrow) and have "Magazine Page Pony" to start. Received "Led by the Grey" today - arrived incredibly quickly. Stewed into it this evening - very good. Also at 477 pages for £8:99 good value.
"The importance of being a good horsemaster should be impressed on every mounted soldier. He should be taught to look upon his horse as his best friend, to study it, to take a pride in its appearance and to look after its wants before his own"
Darcy is the tenth and final book in the multi-author Horse Diaries series.
Ireland, 1917. Darcy is a light gray Connemara pony with silver dapples. She's fast and tough, whether she's pulling a load of peat from the bog or riding around the rugged countryside with Shannon McKenna, her human family's eldest daughter. But when Mrs. McKenna needs a doctor, Darcy discovers a skill that will change her and her family's life forever. Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about Connemara ponies and Irish history.
This one was written by Whitney Sanderson, daughter of the (rather famous) illustrator Ruth Sanderson
It is available as an ebook through overdrive at many libraries. You can see which libraries it is available at by clicking here
RIVERDALE!!!!!! Hi guys, I'm reading the second Riverdale book by Amanda Wills and it is un-put-down-able!
I started it at a buddhist retreat and was having 5am starts and still at night, completely shattered, I'd pick up the kindle and couldn't stop reading: "just one more chapter.....just one more..." etc etc- you know how it is! I can't recommend it strongly enough and I haven't even finished it yet- exhausted after the weekend and dealing with the kid's attention and a possibly sick cat is all that's stopped me ploughing through it with abandon- last night I fell asleep sitting cross legged while my youngest brushed my hair!
I'll write a proper review when I've completed it but in the meantime get onto Amazon and ENJOY!
p.s Also, she's already onto writing the 3rd in the series- so excited! look at all those exclamation marks-can tell I'm not an author.......
On a new note my cousin had this lovely pony wallpaper all ways made me think off illustrations in a pony book. The cousin was younger than me so it may off been the 1980's may be late 1990's was some off the drawings I wish I could do, I probably could now but only have these as remembers off that lovely wallpaper.
Post by nzponywriter on Apr 19, 2015 14:36:36 GMT 1
Hi everyone I have a new book released today, which is the long-awaited (probably most of all by me - man this one was a challenge to write!) sequel to my first novel, "Flying Changes". Titled AGAINST THE CLOCK, it continues the story of Jay and her temperamental chestnut mare Finn as they attempt to make into the Pony Club show jumping team.
It’s a new season and a new start for Jay and her wilful pony Finn, but their best laid plans are quickly plagued by injuries, arguments and rails that just won’t stay in their cups. And when her father introduces her to his new girlfriend, Jay can’t help wondering if her life will ever run according to plan.
As her friends battle with their own families and Jay struggles to define hers, it is only her determination to bring out the best in her pony that keeps her going. But after overhearing a top rider say that Finn’s potential is being hampered by her incompetent rider, Jay is besieged by doubts in her own ability...and begins to wonder whether Finn would be better off without her.
Can Jay bear to give up on her dreams, even if it’s for her pony’s sake?
Fourteen year old Willa Harper dreams of becoming an event rider. Up to now she's had to be satisfied with making up stories about riding success. But a chance encounter with the thoroughbred of her dreams may change her life as she knows it... With the help of her former Olympian grandfather who has never been the same since the passing of his wife, Willa is set on turning Pocket Rocket into an event horse. As challenge after challenge presents itself, it seems dreams of eventing success are destined to remain just that. But Willa refuses to give up, and as she and Rocket continue to work hard they develop a partnership which is quite magical. Maybe, just maybe, they are going to succeed after all...
I just discovered the Ponies of Chincoteague series by Catherine Hapka and am enjoying it immensely. Aimed at "middle readers," the books are fairly short and light, but with enough going on to hold interest. I am now reading my second book, although it is the first one published, Maddie's Dream. -- I jumped to Chasing Gold (maybe the third one published?) and read it first since it has an eventing focus, which I liked. The big event the heroine was striving for in Chasing Gold is to attend a clinic with a big-name event rider. As she works toward this, she has to trailer to lessons or have her regular trainer come to her farm -- just like in actual, real life for me! Roads are hazards and it was a big deal to ride to a neighboring farm, not a commonplace event.
So many pony books have the characters getting together on their ponies/horses with ease, they ride to shows, they ride to rallies, they ride to each other's houses and farms, etc. -- that just isn't the way horsey life is in much/most of America. These books just have me saying to myself -- "yes, it is just like that!" And the fairly humble goal of riding in a clinic also seemed so darned realistic, practical, and approachable. Loved it.
Now I'm reading the first one published, Maddie's Dream. Maddie is worried her favorite lesson pony will be sold. Somewhat common in pony books for the horse to be in jeopardy, but here again, no one's riding in an Olympic qualifier or anything like that. Maddie is also very talented in soccer/football and that is a competing interest to riding. The big horse activity Maddie dreams about is a "Snack & Swim" trail ride (hack) with picnic that the riders at her lesson barn can sign up to do together.
The conceit of the books is that the protagonists all belong to a closed message board group called the Pony Post. Four Chincoteague pony enthusiasts who support each other online. Each book focuses on a different girl in the group. Of course they all have friends in real life, too -- and in Chasing Gold, Haley's friends are non-horsey and starting to discover boys, which poses problems when she is super focused on schooling her pony and earning money to pay for the clinic. Maddie has her soccer friends and friends at her riding stable.
If you enjoy the kind of books that depict lots of everyday detail and day-to-day conflicts and worries, but no one is some child wonder readying for Wembley or an early Olympic debut, you might enjoy this set of companion books.
Had to post an update on The War that Saved My Live by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley....it just won a Newbery Honor....woo hoo! (Newberys are like US Carnegies....well, really the other way around, as the Newbery is older )
Also picked up two other award: the Schneider Family Award, given to "books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience" and the Odyssey Award for best audiobook.
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1