Subtitle: Book 1
By: Soraya Nicholas
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Penguin
Published: 28 Mar 2016
ISBN: 9780143308614


Poppy is thrilled to be back doing the one thing she loves – riding horses at Starlight stables – especially when her aunt and uncle make all her dreams come true with a gift of her very own horse. But there's a catch . . . Poppy must look after the new scholarship girls. Will the bold and troublesome Milly and shy, sensible Katie be the pony-mad friends she's always hoped for?

When horses go missing from the local farms, Poppy worries about Crystal, her new horse. Will the girls be able to protect their ponies from the horse thief and find the missing horses at the same time?

The first book in an exciting and enjoyable Australian series about the friendship and adventures of three horse-crazy girls.


Poppy just loves horses and when she finds herself back at her Aunt Sophie and Uncle Mark’s stables for the holidays she is very excited, but also anxious about leaving her Mum home alone.

When Poppy finds out that she now has her own pony at the stables, named Crystal, she can’t believe it. Her holiday takes a twist though when Katie and Milly arrive. They have been offered scholarships at the stables and Poppy must help look after them. Poppy isn't sure how she feels about all this.

The three girls soon realise that their strong love of horses is a common bond and they quickly become friends. But will their friendship and their stay at Starlight Stables all come to an end when they go against the wishes of Sophie and Mark to try to investigate the theft of local horses?

This is a delightful story that is not just about horses. It is about family, family support, dealing with life’s struggles, grief, responsibility, friendship and adventure.

Middle to senior primary girls will thoroughly love this and will be looking forward to their next adventure.

Reviewed by Sam