By: Jackie Merchant
Genre: YFP - Animal stories
Published by: Walker Books Australia
Published: 29 Mar 2022
ISBN: 9781760653569


A touching novel about finding your home, even if it doesn’t look the way you expected.

Kennedy and Dad have been on the move since Mum left and their farm had to be sold. When Dad takes on a horse called Ugly, the plan for the horse is clear from the start – train him up, sell him off and put the money toward their new farm deposit. Despite knowing the clock is ticking, the bond between Kennedy and Ugly (or Douglas, as she calls him) becomes unbreakable. In the face of all uncertainty, Douglas has become her home and her haven, but will they have to sell him to have a home of their own?

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Kennedy and her Dad have been working the stock route and living in their truck after their farm was sold.

When her Dad gets a horse called Ugly, who Kennedy renames Douglas, as payment for a debt, they decide to train him up and sell him. But when they stop for a visit at Aunty O’s place, Kennedy rapidly falls in love with the new horse.

When she hears about a camp drafting show, where the prize money is $150,000, she dreams about winning it so she can keep Douglas and help her Dad buy a home. Can her dream come true?

This is a wonderful story about family, and the unbreakable bond between a horse and rider. It is a story of hard work, determination, and the love and care between Kennedy, her Dad and Aunty O.

Full of wonderful characters and beautifully written, it’s sure to be a favourite with your students who love a good horse story.

A perfect middle grade read.

Reviewed by Michelle