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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Secret of the Night Ponies - Joan Hiatt Harlow (Juvenile)

Released October 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Set in Newfoundland, this novel unfolds in 1965 and deals with a young girl intent on saving a herd of wild ponies and helping a child in distress.  Thirteen-year-old Jessie Wheller loves riding her pony Raven while being accompanied by her dog Blizzard. She also has a strong sense of right and wrong and the girl insists on righting any “wrongs” she encounters.

Although her grandmother would like to see Jessie pay more attention to being “a lady,” the teenager loves being outdoors and seeking new adventures. One such “adventure” comes her way when the girl realizes that a little child named Clara is being sorely neglected. Determined to help the youngster in some way, the situation becomes more complicated when Jessie discovers a herd of wild ponies have been captured and are being held in the woods.

To save the ponies and help Clara, Jessie is going to have to go head-to-head with the small town’s bully, but the young girl refuses to back down until she’s done everything she can to help her new two legged and four legged friends.

Secret of the Night Ponies is a short novel that should mesmerize young readers eight years of age and older who love horses, the outdoors and an action packed story.  

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