Author(s): Stacy Gregg
Two girls divided by time, united by their love for some very special horses - an epic Caribbean adventure! On a remote tropical island, twelve year-old Beatriz is about to embark on an epic journey, through hurricanes and across the high seas and back to the time of Christopher Columbus...When Beatriz stumbles across a wild mare with strange markings in the jungle she can't believe it is real. Yet from that moment on the strongest connection grows between them, and she begins to uncover an incredible history. For centuries ago, Felipa and her horse, Cara Blanca, were running for their lives. As the fates of Beatriz, Felipa and their horses become entwined, Beatriz realises that the future of the world's rarest horses depends on her. Based on the extraordinary true story of the Abaco Barb, a real-life mystery that has remained unsolved for over five hundred years.
This book is an exciting mix of the past and present, switching between the two worlds. It is based around the diaries and adventures of two young girls and the bond that they have with their horses. You learn about The Abaco Barb, the rarest horse in the world, and how this herd of Spanish horses ended up on a small island in the Bahamas, running wild. The story offers a range of emotions that test courage, determination and strength in their beliefs. It teaches historical facts about the Spanish Queen Isabella, Christopher Columbus and the Black Death. It touches on the modern relationship between a mother and daughter, which is daring and touching. The trust of a new friendship, with a old lady from the island, brings them closer together makes this a special read also. I absolutely loved reading this book. I liked the information about the horses and how smart and clever the Medicine Hat horses were. - Nellie (9)
Shortlisted for New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Junior Fiction 2015.
Praise for 'The Princess and the Foal': 'The perfect gift for girls with big dreams' The Bookseller 'Great new book - 10/10' Newmarket Journal 'Younger readers will delight in this heartwarming tale' Horse
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 Runwayreporter.com, 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.