From the front flap: "There are plenty of nice steady boys you could go out with," her mother told her, but Ruth Hollis knew that beside Patrick other boys would seem insipid and dull. Ruth was quiet, but she had a streak of stubbornness in her nature, and she enjoyed a challenge. When she was younger and crazy about horses, she had always liked to ride the most difficult ponies; so perhaps it wasn't surprising that now, as a girl of sixteen, she should find herself involved with Patrick Pennington - a singularly complex, wild, and talented young man. Nevertheless, Ruth found herself wondering if this particular challenge was going to prove too much for her - with far-reaching consequences for herself and her family.
Teenage Tessa's passion for riding and her love for an ugly horse named Buffoon help her endure an unhappy life in the English countryside with a hateful stepfather. Can her love of Buffoon help her overcome her own "can't do" attitude to become one of Britian's first female steeplechase jockeys?
When Josie is evacuated to her aunt and uncle's farm during the war, she meets and falls in love with Jumbo, a happy-go-lucky optimistic young man who doesn't let his disability interrupt a life full of fun. Their relationship takes off, despite the difficulties of the war, which interrupts their idyll from time to time with stories of tragedy and death. But when Josie meets Chris, Jumbo's heroic fighter pilot brother, she experiences feelings that are out of control: is this what real love feels like? She is torn between the two young men -- one, steady and loving, the other wayward and challenging. Yet it may not be her choice to make, as the German attack on England becomes more and more frenzied.
15-year-old Jenny's unhappy life with her poor and difficult family undergoes a dramatic change when her penniless but ever-optimistic grandfather acquires a very frightened, unpromising-looking colt and gives it to Jenny to care for. Her dreams for Darkling, her passion for an ambitious young Jockey, Goddard, and her loyalty to her grandfather weave a tangled web in this coming-of-age story as bitter secrets emerge from her family's past and force Jenny to make decisions about her future.
Newmarket in the 1880s: Laura's heart turned over with adoration whenever she caught a glimpse of Fred Archer - dear Fred - the tall, slender young jockey who won the Derby five times and became an idol over a century ago. To Laura's parents, her passionate hero-worship was an embarrassment. The only people who understood her feelings were Uncle Harry and his strange protege, Tiger, a runaway boy with a lithe body and fiery nature who kissed Laura secretly behind the stable door. A carefully researched and moving historical novel placed amont the events surrounding the tragedy that befell England's greatest racing hero, jockey Fred Archer.
'Count me out,' thought Hoomey. Beside him, Nutty's eyes glinted with excitement ... 'Skiing? Cor, great!' A school skiing trip means different things to the different members of Sam Sylvester's class. But for all of them it turns out to be considerably more eventful than they ever imagined. Sam himself injures his ankle stepping off the bus when they arrive. Hoomey is roped into a farcical scheme to free the beautiful, rich, young Claudine from the attentions of the local glamour boy. And Jean and David face death when they're trapped alone on the mountain at night. None of them is left unchanged in this immensely entertaining story by the author of Who, Sir? Me, Sir?
Christina and her cousin Will have escaped their childhood home, Flambards, and gone to London to fulfill Will's ambition to design and pilot airplanes. Caught up in the events surrounding the onset of World War I, they discover that ambition doesn't equal success, and that the highs of one day can be followed by the depths of despair in the next. English rather than U.S. vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.
When Minna's true love Theo sets off north to battle, commanding an army that includes her brother, her friends and her beloved horse, Silva, Minna cannot bear to see them all leave her. Regardless of the dangers she will be facing, she joins the baggage train and becomes a Roman spy. Army life is hard and brutal, yet her growing closeness with Theo makes it bearable. Could he finally admit his love for her? But when Theo is wounded in battle and Silva is stolen by the enemy, Minna must throw off all her romantic dreams and set off alone on a life-or-death mission to save her horse.
From the Book jacket: Flambards Divided is the eagerly awaited sequel to K.M. Peyton's Flambards trilogy which was made into a 12-part series for Public Television. Christina had dreamed of Will again. Why must he return to haunt her now, now that she is finally reconciled to his death? The First World War is almost over. Christina knows it is time to put the past behind her. For the sake of her children, the farm and the lovely old manorhouse of Flambards-and for her own sake as well-she decides to marry Dick Wright, her uncle's former stablehand who has always been in love with her. The social changes brought about by the war are less than Christina has reckoned, however. Dick is an able farmer, but he had once been a servant in the very household of which he is now the master. And when Will's brother Mark returns, wounded, from the battlefields of France, he bitterly resents Dick's new position in the house that he once owned. Soon Christina finds herself as much divided as Flambards, as she faces her conflicting feelings for two very different men. K.M. Peyton is an artist as well as a writer. She lives in Essex, England, in the heart of the countryside in which this story is set. A recipient of the Carnegie Medal, she is the author of many critically-acclaimed books in addition to the Flambards trilogy.
Christina, a young orphan sent to live with her cousins and uncle at decaying country estate Flambards, comes into herself amid the world-changing events preceding World War I. Her cruel and alcoholic wheelchair-bound uncle lives vicariously though the adventures of his son, Mark, immersed in their shared love of hunting, hounds, horses and leisure. Mark's gentle brother William, equally passionate about design, building and flying the new technology of airplanes, is as despised by his father as Mark is loved. Christina grows up torn between both cousins by her love of William's personality and Mark's passion for horses and the fox-hunt. Recommended for grades 7 - 9
At age 21, widowed by the death of her equally young pilot husband, Christina returns to the decaying country estate Flambards. Left with no known family, two aged servants, an estate and grounds in ruins, and her beloved horses gone to the war effort, Christina sets out to restore the estate and gather together the remnants of Flambards, including her cousin Mark's illegitimate son, and a former servant, Dick, who had been Christina's childhood friend. Finding herself pregnant, Christina redoubles her efforts to make Flambards a viable estate. But when her cousin Mark, Flambards true owner, appears, returning from imprisonment as a POW in Turkey after being presumed dead, all of Christina's plans are in jeopardy, and she must decide which course her life will take. Recommended for grades 7 - 9
Ruth had always wanted a pony. When her family moved to the country, she took out all her savings and bought Fly-By-Night, a 2-year-old horse who was far from being trained.
Even as it was actually happening, Jonathan Meredith kept thinking it couldn't be true: the swooning Greek sunshine, that green and gold girl. But once back in England, the summer idyll quickly turns into a private nightmare as Jonathan finds he must make life-altering decisions and face up to responsibilities he never dreamed of having. Unjustly banished from school life, as well as from home, the only person he can turn to is his friend, Peter McNair, an aspiring jockey. An expert rider, Jonathan quickly throws himself into the horse racing world - and in so doing meets the girl who helps him to see what it is that he really wants. Set against the exciting backdrop of England's famous steeplechase, the Grand National, this is the sensitive portrayal of a young man at a crucial turning point. Skillfully told by K. M. Peyton, a Carnegie Medal-winning author, Free Rein is not easily forgotten.
Denny Froggett wouldn't mind being so small, he wouldn't even mind being called names, if it weren't for one person -- Wayne. The trouble is that Wayne is twice his size and he's a real bully. In fact his favourite hobby seems to be tormenting Denny when he's least expecting it. He makes Denny's whole life a misery -- until, that is, Froggett's Revenge comes along and then the tables are turned in a most satisfactory way.
Many children run away from home, but when Milly and Micky are sent off to France for a vacation they don't want to take with relatives they don't especially like, they find themselves in the unusual position of running away to home. The problem is that "home" is in England and that they're on a barge on a canal somewhere in the middle of France. How this high-spirited brother and sister outwit their elders to embark by themselves on a sometimes perilous, sometimes hilarious journey is a lively adventure story, set against the colorful backdrop of the chateau country of France.
Greater Gains continues the story of the love-hate relationship between Clara Garland and Nat Grover. Clara has been left a widow, pregnant with another man's child, and it seems as if things could not get worse. But soon her pretty and reckless youngest sister, Ellen, is harshly sentenced to deportation to the newly-discovered land of Australia, alongside many other convicts. And back in Norfolk, Clara becomes the victim of blackmail that puts her in the clutches of the wicked Nat Grover in more ways than oneaWill her pure love for Prosper Mayes ever survive? Spanning from the gritty county of Norfolk to the wilds of Australia in the early nineteenth century, the Garlands face huge obstacles in their struggle to survive as a family. Yet, they remain as inimitable and courageous as ever.
When her glamorous, overbearing mother dies at the age of ninety, Miranda experiences an enormous sense of release. But she still has to cope with an immature and dominating husband with a consuming passion for buying and riding race horses. Miranda supports her four grown-up children as they escape to new lives, but it is only when tragedy strikes that she sees her own future opening up, with undreamed of possibilities ... Recounting the renaissance of one 'ordinary' middle-aged farmer's wife, K.M. Peyton's engaging, compassionate new novel depicts with acute observation and humour the lives and idiosyncrasies of a close-knit farming and racing community in East Anglia, with its hair-raising hunts and point-to-points and a fascinating assortment of characters, including a prolific vicar, millionaire gypsies, an expansionist farmer called Napoleon and Ianthe, a London seductress.
Mr. and Mrs. Garland died in an epidemic of cholera and their two children were taken in by an uncle. To Toby and Emily, any sort of life seemed better than the gall and indignity of living with their uncle's brutal slave-driving. Emily dreamed of a little cottage on the coast where she could look after Toby in peace and comfort, but it was to be a long time after My Alice lifted to freedom on the flood-tide one night with Toby and Emily as crew, before her dream had an opportunity of becoming reality. Home on a smelly fishing smack with a black hole of a cuddy and mouldy straw for a mattress was no home at all, and when Mrs. Seymour offered Emily a room of her own in exchange for duties as a housemaid, Emily thought this was bliss indeed--until her cheeks grew pale for lack of sunlight and she pined for the salty tang of fresh air on her face. But there were compensations, rich compensations : there was Adam and the mystery of the Maplin Bird and the sheer exhilaration of standing with him at the tiller heading with that ruthless, daring smuggler for France. And suddenly, Emily found she had a second pipe-dream--and surely they could not both come true?
Marion's Angels is an unusual novel about a lonely girl and her love for an impressive medieval church on the river marsh near her father's cottage. "That queer little Marion", the villagers would say, "Why would she want a church of her own?" But Marion, in an emotional tangle after her mother's death, didn't care what they thought of her strange fascination. She carefully tended the church and its twelve beautifully carved angels that seemed to her almost alive, praying intensely for the money to save it from ruin. A miracle seems to result from her passionate prayers for her angels. A world famous violinist takes up the cause and arranges a series of benefit performances. Marion is tumbled into a world of concerts and professional musicians - and a confusing web of relationships and connection with the supernatural. In the end crisis, one of Marion's angels seems to save her life - another miracle or just chance?
A young boy is stunned by the death of his English teacher and has reasons to doubt the verdict of suicide.
Strong-willed Minna is just a blacksmith's daughter, yet she raises a sickly abandoned foal to become the pride of the Roman cavalry. And when her fort is threatened by blood-thirsty pirates, the fate of her people depends on Minna and her beloved horse alone, as they set out on an impossible journey to fetch help.
When Minna's true love Theo leaves the lonely fort of Othona for the big city, Minna cannot bear to be left behind and steals away on her beloved pony, Silva, to follow him. But she has no idea that her actions will condemn Theo to fight a deadly duel - with her life as the prize.
Nick knows he wants to work on the crew of a ship, so when his uncle puts together a crew for the Nimbus to go north looking for the Puffin, which was lost years earlier, Nick becomes the most junior member of its crew. In the rough arctic seas and landscape, Nick and his eskimo friend Utak save the day and find out the truth about the Puffin.
When Alice Ticino's pony bolts and crashes into a family of strangers, it changes her life. Before long, this lonely girl who has never known love has been befriended by the family and - a dream come true - is allowed to wander freely in their stables, where they train racehorses for other owners. But Alice must stay away from Snatchcorn, a beautiful stallion, so dangerous that it is soon to be put down. Alice finds that she has a special bond with Snatchcorn. Can she save his life by persuading his owner that he can be tamed?
The discovery of old drawings with the same initials as his leads a 16-year-old boy on a journey into the past, where he relives the experiences of the artist.