"Idle and destructive in class," his report card said. "Character and obedience unsatisfactory in the extreme." Under Music his teacher had written, "May God forgive this boy for abusing so unusual a talent." Aimless, insubordinate, a 196-pound hulk of a boy, Patrick Pennington had been committed (his own words) to a fifth year at Beehive secondary school. Now his last term still stretched before him, a prospect of unrelieved boredom and torment. "Soggy" Marsh, the sadistic form master, had given him two days to have his shoulder-length hair cut. The new police constable was out to get Penn into reform school. Even gentle Crocker, his piano teacher, seemed to be trying to break him. But out of Penn's bitterness and rage, there grows a sudden deep sense of himself as one day, in a piece of music, he finds an elation, a fierce and irrepressible pleasure. Scornfully rebelling against the arbitrariness of authority, against his parents, the law, and his teachers, Penn unexpectedly discovers in his own abilities a key to a meaningful life. Pennington's revolt against the hypocrisy of the adult world in which he must live will speak directly to all young readers.
Fire of England and Plain Jack are two young foals. Fire is brilliantly talented but never tries hard. Plain Jack has only a little talent but always does his best. This is Plain Jack's story ...
Plans for an expensive marina threaten the beautiful coastal village in which Paul has grown up, and soon the situation becomes dangerous.
When Tom's favorite Shetland pony, Storm, is sold to work in the coal mines, he is devastated. The poor little black pony will have to work underground for the rest of his life - never seeing the sky or breathing fresh air! And when there is a terrible accident in the mine, Tom wonders whether he'll ever be with Storm again. A heart-warming story from an award-winning author.
Having become passionately devoted to a pony who is being mistreated by his owner, nine-year-old Ros decides to steal him in the night and hide him in a place of safety.
Cycling home after his guitar lesson, Jonathan becomes a kidnapping victim.
Ned Rowlands--twenty, red-haired and impudent--is the fastest stagecoach driver on the Harwich road. His reckless driving--as full of dash as he is--attracts the attention of young Lord Ironminster who had been, before an accident which cost him an arm, the best dragsman in England. Ironminster is determined to win a racing wager against his cousins James and Rupert Saville and so greatly needs Ned's help. Ned enters a strange partnership which involves his emotions as well as his talents; for he soon realizes that far more is at stake than a mere wager: Ironminster is a sick man and must marry and produce an heir if his estate is not to pass to James Saville. As Ironminster's right-hand man, Ned is to play an important part in helping his master to outwit his cousins - a more dangerous role than that of the driver of a four-in-hand. Mrs Peyton has brought the world 1818-19 vividly to life. In describing the elegance and glamour of the Georgian period, she never loses sight of its brutality, its social injustices and its squalor. Her story is packed with action, colour and period detail and is as readable as the earlier books which won her her well- deserved reputation as 'an outstandingly interesting and original writer of novels for teenage readers.'
Carrie adores riding Red Robin. He is a perfect pony in every way and she is heartbroken when he has to be sold as her father loses his job and the family move into a small cottage. But when she tidies up the little stable at the bottom of their new garden, the next-door farmer surprises her with a new pony to live there. There's just one problem: Carrie can't stand the thin, muddy, dirty, scruffy pony. He's so ugly she nicknames him Rabbit - but can the unloved little pony work his way into Carrie's heart?
When Ben finds mysterious footprints in the grass next to the pool, he knows someone is living in the woods. But Ben's not at all sure he wants to investigate: it's dark and creepy in there and the thought of it makes him all trembly. Then, early one morning, while watching from the safety of his bedroom, he spots her. She looks normal enough but who is she and why is she living out there? Ben knows now that he must explore. And so begins his secret and magical friendship with Elf the mystery girl.
A tragic saga set at the turn of the 18th century; a poverty-stricken family struggles to survive against unimaginable odds. Set just after the Napoleonic wars, Small Gains is the story of Clara, a true heroine who struggles to keep her head above water in a time of poverty and prejudice. Nat, the cruel but incredibly attractive son of the local rich family, turns both Clara and her family's lives upside down, both in the world of racing and in the flushes of first love. And with the threat of tuberculosis hanging over them all, Clara faces up to her extraordinary life and loves with certainty and passion. This is a powerful novel - the story that Jane Austen never told.
Desperate to see the world beyond her grandfather's vicarage, sixteen-year-old Charlotte convinces her older brother to take her along on a mountain-climbing trip to Switzerland.
This is an exciting, satisfying story of love and horses, with interesting characters and lots of convincing detail about the world of racehorses. The author's own love and sympathy for horses enhances the story and makes it something special.
Nicky moves to an old castle in Scotland with her mother, a horse trainer, and becomes involved with ghosts from some five hundred years in the past.
'Loose horse! Loose horse!' 'It's Swallow!' shrieked Shrimp ... Summer has come to High Hawes, which means the annual Pony Club camp - and Rowan is terrified. She still hasn't managed to master wild Swallow, the spirited bay pony with a will of his own, and she's bound to humiliate herself in front of the brilliant Hawes family. But once at camp, even worse is to come when the future of the Hawes' riding school including Swallow - is threatened. To Rowan's horror, she realizes that her darling pony may. now have to be sold...
Rowan's mind was full of the black shape and the scream ... whinny? It was a pony! The sparks had been its shoes on the road, skidding. A pony-- 'I know! It's that pony Charlie was talking about! He saw it--loose on the down last week! They tried to catch it but couldn't. He said a few people had tried to catch it. No-one knows where it's come from.' 'It's a disgrace! Animals roaming loose! We might have been killed!' When Rowan's father skids into and injuries a loose pony while driving his car, Rowan knows they have to find it and get it help, leading Rowan into the world of horses, pony clubs and horse training The Swallow Tale is the first title in K.M. Peyton's High Horse series about Rowan and her friends, the Hawes family.
Swallow looked boldly at the film people and the wind blew his heavy mane up over his crest. Swallow the star! When a film company asks for a 'difficult' pony to appear in their new film, Swallow - Rowan's beautiful but very high-spirited pony - is everyone's first choice. But it is Rowan's talented friend Hugh who is picked to ride Swallow - not Rowan. And as Rowan watches Swallow put on a splendid performance for the cameras - throwing one enormous buck after another - she begins to have terrible doubts. Can she ever ride well enough to control her bold young pony?
Ruth Hollis and three friends who love to ride join a Pony Club team in this fast-paced sequel to Fly-by-Night. At fourteen Ruth is the youngest and least experienced member. She must cope not only with her handsome but difficult new pony, Toadhill Flax-bought on an impulse at an auction-but with her parents' disapproval and the discipline of teamwork. Along with the more expert riders on the team-Thea, Peter, and Jonathan, who is the son of the team's indefatigable head- Ruth enters cross-country races and competitive pony shows as she struggles to win her coveted place. Details of the exciting horsey world, which K. M. Peyton knows well, are skillfully interwoven with perceptive insights into the lives of Ruth and her friends as they grow through shared experience. This story will delight young equestrians and prove absorbing for the uninitiated, too. When she is older, Ruth's involvement with fiery Patrick Pennington is described in The Beethoven Medal and Pennington's Heir. In The Team the reader will enjoy seeing her when her main passion was ponies.
The misadventures of four teen-agers from the lowly neighborhood comprehensive school who suddenly find themselves training for a tetrathlon competition against the elite Greycoats Independent School.
Racing through the night, at one with its bareback boy rider, the beautiful grey mare is everything Sandy has ever dreamed of. But who is the wild boy rider? And could he possibly be involved when an incident at her parents' livery yard leaves Sandy feeling unable to trust anyone - even those closest to her? As mystery follows mystery and Sandy begins to suspect a shocking truth, the wild boy rider and his beautiful horse - Queen Moon - are drawn into her world. And, nothing, for Sandy, can ever be the same again . . .
Webley is a fine black army horse, ridden by a soldier called Fred. But he is not a very GOOD army horse. When he gets bored, he crosses his eyes, drops his ears out sideways and hangs his tongue out. And when he gets very bored, he lifts his tail and makes a rude noise. . . A delightful and light-hearted horsey tale.
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