Quicksilver Horse

Quicksilver Horse

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 130 x 210mm
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • illustrations forms transparencies
  • 0246111631
  • 9780246111630

Review Text

A medium-class English horse story with a traditional British emphasis on being happy in one's niche. All Emma wants in life is to get better at what she already does well, performing on her horse Silver in her father's small traveling circus. But trainer Harry Hume, at whose stable Silver boards and Emma works in the winter, thinks Silver is racing caliber and good-naturedly regrets having sold her to Emma and her father years earlier. Now, halfway through the summer, a storm destroys the old, uninsured circus tent, and Emma and Silver must return to Harry's while her father goes off to work in Europe. Can the circus survive? Emma's father won't hear of her selling Silver to Harry for new-tent money, but Harry has another idea: he'll train Silver to race in January's big Wittersham 'Chase and Emma can buy a tent with the owner's share of the winnings. And when Emma's friend Roddy, just starting out as a jockey, can't relate to Silver as the gentler Emma does, Harry decides that Emma herself will ride Silver in the race. One would expect a standard-brand contemporary story to have Emma triumph over the male jockeys; but here, after promising success in smaller races, Emma loses her nerve - and Roddy rides Silver to victory. This makes everyone happy, but it's just as arbitrary an outcome. Like others in the genre, the story is brimming with fond relationships, with the old faithful father-daughter bond ("I'm sure you did right, Dad") at the center. For the following. (Kirkus Reviews)show more