The Snow Pony by Alison Lester

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Three years of drought have reduced the Rileys’ farm to a dirt patch and strained the family to the breaking point. Between their increasingly desperate finances, her father’s short temper, and her best friend’s move to boarding school in the city, Dusty’s whole life seems to be unraveling. Her only consolation is her wild and beautiful horse, the Snow Pony.
Dusty first sees the wild brumby up on the Plains, and from that first glimpse, she can think of little else. Months later, her father catches the horse and tries to break it in, but the Snow Pony will only accept one rider—Dusty. Together they seem unstoppable. But when sudden violence erupts during a trip up to the mountains, Dusty and her horse find themselves tested as never before.
In her second novel, set in rural Australia’s rugged terrain, author Alison Lester weaves together a colorful and compassionate story of family, courage, adventure, and a young girl’s passion for her horse.

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Australian author Alison Lester is perhaps best known for her picture books. However, she captivated her audience with her first novel, The Quicksand Pony. In a starred review School Library Journal called it “a gripping adventure story, a tale of survival, an engaging mystery, a touching animal story, and a family saga.”
Published April 1, 2001 by Allen & Unwin Children's Books. 240 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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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.

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As in The Quicksand Pony, picture book author/artist Lester sets her multifaceted second novel on an Australian cattle farm. Resourceful, responsible Dusty Riley

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Most of all, Dusty loves the Snow Pony, which she and her father found wild near their mountain property and brought back to their ranch, and which Dusty herself has trained (horse-story enthusiasts will thrill to the classic encounter in which the wild pony, having bucked the experienced adults,...

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