ALISON LESTER: AUSTRALIA'S CHILDREN'S LAUREATE 2012-13..Only Dusty can ride the wild Snow Pony...And no one but Dusty will trust her...Three years of drought have reduced the Riley's farm to a dirt patch and strained the family to breaking point. A trip to the mountains to muster their cattle promises a fresh start, but sudden violence erupts into the peaceful landscape...Now Dusty and her beautiful brumby are tested as never before...From the author of the remarkable bestseller The Quicksand Pony..'Lester tells a gripping yarn, brimming with classic pictures.Dusty emerges as a true mountain girl with a new friend who can match her in courage.'..Stella Lees, Australian Book Review
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(195mm x 130mm x 18mm)
Allen & Unwin Children's Books
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A somewhat incoherent adventure set in Australia's plains. Dusty, 11, is thrilled when her father catches the wild Snow Pony and brings her to their farm for her horse-trainer mother to break. Despite careful work, Snow Pony retains a savage streak, yet she and Dusty win prizes galore-fortunately, since drought has reduced their cows and their income to gauntness. Dad guzzles beer; Mom rages; brother Stewie withdraws. Snow Pony is Dusty's only constant. Part Two is a story of a different color. Dusty and Stewie accompany their sobered father on a cattle round-up. After a series of accidents, Dusty and a friend must ride for help out of the snowy bush-Dusty on Snow Pony. Crisp writing and terrific adventure scenes propel the reader (but for an Aussie glossary!), but it's neither a whole story nor only one story; the layers mingle, and lack suspense. Still, horse lovers will persevere. (Fiction. 10-15) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Alison Lester
Alison Lester is the well-known creator of many popular and award-winning children's books, many of which reflect her own country childhood.The Snow Pony was shortlisted for both YABBA and KOALA awards, reflecting its popularity with young readers of horse stories. The Quicksand Pony was shortlisted for the National Children's Award, Festival Awards for Literature in 1998, and in 1999 was the winner of the WA Young Readers Book Awards. Her picture book Are We There Yet? was the winner of the 2005 CBC Book of the Year - Picture Book award...Alison Lester was Australia's Children's Laureate in 2012 and 2013.