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?
Jackie Merchant has worked as a designer, art director and copywriter. She spent the majority of her childhood on the outskirts of Sydney, where, when she was 10, her parents bought an old run-down riding school. Even with no ponies at the time it was a dream come true for a girl with an imagination fuelled by ponies and horses. As an adult Jackie is lucky enough to share her life with 3 beautiful horses (Moxie, Percy and Squiggles) and several other animals. She currently lives in Tasmania.
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.
There seems to be a stage in life when many young readers seek the heightened emotions found in horse books – in the searing trust relationships between humans and animals. The homecoming horse is a beautiful story – a perfect choice.
The Homecoming Horse is a beautifully written exploration of family, loyalty, and the growing pains of adolescence. The tension and pace of the novel is well-crafted, keeping readers guessing at every turn. Readers will fall in love with the characters and their lives on horseback. And without giving too much away, a surprise ending is always a joy! Overall, a heart-warming read with a lot to say about growing up in rural communities. Overall, a funny and unique middle-grade novel that will leave readers wanting more.