Rallycairn I to hovered over voting very good or good and did the same as you. I originally voted very good, then changed to good. Now, thinking of some of those other rubbish books, I am tempted to change it to very good again!
I know what you two mean about finding it hard to rate books. Its not easy to find a yardstick when the books we are looking at can be almost 90 years apart! And also aimed at kids from about 7 or 8 to adult! Like everything pony books have gone thru fashions and I think a lot of us on here of a certain age who were brought up on the classic pony books of the PTs etc will consider them an ideal. But things have moved on and books like that will just not be written anymore. Pony books for younger teens just don't seem to have the depth or character development now and need to rush along at a furious pace (which I think is mainly an editorial thing similar to the Americanisation we were talking about earlier). There are plenty of older teen books which are gritty and meaty tho.
For me however, one of the most important things in books aimed at this younger age group is the messages they give the young readers and I rate highly those that give good messages such as caring about ponies, looking out for friends, learning true values of life, etc. I think authors of books for this age group have some sort of responsibility in this area. Its why I dislike a certain book in which a girl sells her supposedly beloved pony just so she can have enough money to go to a swanky riding school, and others of this ilk. The books I consider the best for the younger teen age group all give positive messages and that includes this book.
In fact I would put this series as one of the best modern series for this particular age group, along with Maggie Dana's Timber Ridge series, The Pony Whisperer series by Janet Rising and Belinda Rapley's Pony Detective series.
Just a quick reminder to all who enjoyed the Matty books Jane has a new novella Beware of the Horse out as an e-book and its FREE until the end of today. Its actually set at an older readership and is a much darker more serious story than the Matty series so if you find them a little young you might enjoy this one:
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
Claire: Hi all, just to say I will be adding some Christmas quizzes and games in the next few days. There's also a prize comp to enter! Hope everyone has a great Christmas
Dec 18, 2019 13:45:54 GMT 1
Claire: Apologies that the website is not available at the moment - this is due to billing issues - hopefully will be back up asap!
Mar 11, 2020 15:35:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, sorry for not being around for a few days due to yet more internet problems. Hoping they have all been sorted now!
Mar 27, 2020 23:03:37 GMT 1
Claire: Hi folks will be adding a few quizzes over the next few days so check out the Qizzes and Puzzles for Fun section !
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Apr 14, 2020 17:45:32 GMT 1
susan: hello, first time here. I am looking for various horse/pony books I read as a child. sadly, I cannot remember the titles, only what the story was about and perhaps a few of the characters. can someone help? am I in the correct place to do this? lmk
Oct 14, 2020 15:09:39 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, don't forget we will be having a bit of Halloween themed fun with a ghostly group read, a magical film to watch and I will also be adding Halloween themed quizzes.
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Pony_Mad_Girl_😀🐴: woops sorry, do you have Pony Club Secrets or First Day at Pony Club. Orposs
Nov 4, 2020 15:31:57 GMT 1
Pony girl: Susan, have you tried searching for books by Josephine Pullen-Thompson and Stacy Gregg. Hope this helps, Pony Girl 🐴👩🏻
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