Blind Beauty by K. M. Peyton

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Tessa has an impossible dream: to ride her great-hearted horse, Buffoon, in the Grand National. But who will support her plan to become a jockey? She's been repeatedly kicked out of boarding school, and her rich stepfather hates her. And could the sometimes clumsy, nearly blind Buffoon ever be expected to survive such a difficult racecourse?

Tessa pursues her dream across troubled teenage years while growing in responsibility, self-respect, and understanding. A magnificent steeplechase, thrillingly evoked, caps this vivid, romantic, fast-paced novel by a writer who is the undisputed master of exploring the bonds between horses and people.

About K. M. Peyton

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K. M. Peyton lives in Essex, England, and is the author of over fifty novels, including the Flambards trilogy, which won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award.
Published January 1, 1999 by Scholastic Press. 368 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A leisurely pace accommodates the twists and turns the novel takes, including Tessa's (unsuccessful) stabbing of her stepfather, a stint in a juvenile reformatory, the loss and rediscovery of Buffoon, and not one, but two, miraculous operations, one on the jockey Tessa comes to love and one to re...

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British author Peyton's (Snowfall) knowledge of the racing world is thorough enough that readers will likely overlook a few halting shifts in point of view and some sloppy writing (e.g., ""As well as running the home, she did the paperwork for both the farm and the racing department and ran a pou...

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