Thursday, September 1, 2016

THE GIRL WHO RODE THE WIND by Stacy Gregg / Spotlight

Hello and welcome to today's Middle Grade spotlight for THE GIRL WHO RODE THE WIND by Stacy Gregg (on sale 9/6/2016). This sounds like a good read, and one I'm thrilled to spotlight here on the blog, prior to it's release on Tuesday. 

Per the publisher: "This is a heartwarming middle-grade novel from the author who wrote the beloved, Pony Club series. Set in Italy, this story takes readers between the World War II and present day. Stacy beautifully weaves history and the emotions that come with companionship into a touching, relatable story. A timeless tale, and the perfect back-to-school read for pony-lovers and beyond."


When Lola’s grandmother Loretta takes her to Siena, Italy, for the summer, Lola learns of her family’s history of heartbreak and adventure, stretching back to the Second World War. In 1945, Loretta’s nickname was ‘The Daredevil’ due to her fearless competing in the town’s famous Palio horse races – until war broke out and led to sadness and loss for Loretta. Lola jumps at the chance to enter the modern-day Palio on a beautiful horse called Nico – can she win, in honor of her beloved grandmother? And solve a mystery that will bring happiness and hope to Loretta?

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Stacy Gregg is the author of successful pony adventure series Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals and stand-alone novel ‘The Princess and the Foal’, winner of the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Formerly the editor of fashion website, Stacy writes exclusively for HarperCollins. Her own ponies and experiences at her local pony club provided the inspiration for the Pony Club Secrets and her later years at boarding school were a catalyst for Pony Club Rivals.

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