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post #1 of 8 Old 07-14-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know this book and can recommend similar?

Hi Everyone,
I've already posted this on a couple of other forums but with little luck so far, so here goes: I'm after book recommendations. I was recently given a novel called "Eleanor McGraw, a pony named Mouse and a boy called Fire" and it's absolutely blown me away. A real horsey book but totally different from everything else I've ever read in the genre. I'm in the middle of reading it for the third time in a row now but before I know it off by heart I was wondering whether anyone here has read it and whether they can recommend something similar perhaps? I've read all the classics like Flicka, Black Stallion, Black Beauty and Follyfoot and thought they were great but what I really liked about Eleanor McGraw is that it's set in the here and now, it's about more than horses and at the same time completely about them and also quite raw and real but also funny and very profound...ahhh it's just the best book ever. (And I'm completely in love with the Pike character.) Anyway: does anyone else know the book, liked it as much as I do and can recommend something to follow it up with? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Welcome Nina
never heard of the book sounds interesting though

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Thank you for the reply, Country Woman. Like I said, best book ever, Highly recommend it. I was lent it by a friend and she is not having it back! What's your favourite horsey novel? Greetings Nina
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Age? Depending on if you like YA books or also Adult, or whether fiction or not?

The Adventures of the 700 Pony I found very good, non fiction, and the sequel.

Chicken Soup books on horses were good.

King of the Wind, The Goldophin Arabian, Bluegrass Champion were all good, but are older.

Several series about kids in riding camps, clubs...
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I stand by the book Scorpio Races by Maggie Stievfaster (sp?). You'll love it.

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The book that got me through a horseless childhood was "The Arabian Cowhorse." Maybe "Cowpony."

I would love to have a copy and re-read it just for fun.

This past winter I read Ben Green's book, but they also involve cattle.
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Thank you for responding, guys. I'm 40 but I read any age novel if it is well written. I find YA often better written than stuff for adults. Like Pullman and Morpurgo, for example. I'm a bit of a language snob. The blip about "Eleanor McGraw" on amazon says it's good for anyone from 14 to 104 and I think that's spot on (although it has got some pretty strong language, some "big" words and some seriously challenging ideas in it, so it depends on where you're 14-year-old is at, I guess - mine: no problem; some of the ones I teach: not yet). Anyway, thank you very much for the suggestions. I found a review of Scorpio Races on a review site run by a lady called Jane Badger who only reviews pony books - and it really does sounds like a fabulous book, so that's on order for me now. Cheers guys. Nina
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Check amazon. You can look up an item and see the things people bought in addition to that
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