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The Silver Brumby (Silver Brumby Series #1)

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,736 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Brumbies - the wild horses of Australia, hunted by man to be tamed for his use.

This - the first of a series - is about Thowra, the Silver Brumby, whose speed and strength save him from capture.
Paperback, 155 pages
Published 1975 by Dragon / Granada Publishing (first published 1958)
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Aug 10, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a young girl, any book that featured a horse on the cover would be snapped up - regardless of content. This is how I discovered such gems as My Friend Flicka, Snow Cloud Stallion, and, the best of them, The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell.

It is hard to review a story that was so much a part of my childhood. I read and re-read this book. I plagiarised it shamelessly when I attempted my first stories. I dreamed that I would see Thowra whenever we went out into wild country. To my brothe
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Don't let the flowery-looking Saddle Club-bait cover of this particular edition fool you. This is xenofiction cut from the same cloth as The Call of the Wild and White Fang, with the only noteworthy difference being (besides the fact that this book is about feral horses in Australia rather than dogs and wolves in Alaska) that the horses speak to one another in actual dialogue.

Big badass feral horses battle each other for kingship, find mates, raise foals, brave the harsh reality of li
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Dec 20, 2015 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-1001
Sadly, I was never one of those girls who fall in love with horses in elementary school. Apparently, my fourth grade teacher was; that year, she read aloud every Marguerite Henry horse book ever written, to my dismay.

I wish Mrs. McKinnis had read aloud The Silver Brumby. I don't know if it would have had the same effect on me at ten as it did when I read it last month at fifty-six, but suddenly I'm in love with horses. At least Australian horses. Thowra eludes capture time and time again and ha
May 13, 2010 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
.The Silver Brumby was the first book i ever read that belonged to a series, i first read it when i was a horse crazy 9 year old, and was over the moon when i realized there were more books after this one and i didn't have to say goodbye to all the new friends i had made throghout the story...Elyne is an amazing writer, she draws you into this amazing wild and free world...on bush walks i would find myself studying animal tracks the way Thowra would...Great series to grow up with...i dont think ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing I love most about any Elyne Mitchell book, is the way that no matter which of her books it is, I am so drawn into the story, I feel like I am part of it, that it is happening right infront of me. The sounds, smells, movement, emotion, just everything. Is so real when reading her books.
The Silver Brumby was the first of Elyne Mitchell's books I have read, and since reading it, I began a collection of her Silver Brumby series, and it grows bigger continuously.
I always enjoy reading Mitch
Susan Ferguson
Apr 20, 2012 Susan Ferguson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses, fiction, 2012
Just finished rereading this - again! I love this story. I first discovered it in my city library when I was just a kid and would recheck it from time to time to read it again. Finally found a copy as an adult at the Tattered Cover in Denver several years back.
I really enjoy this story of an Australian brumby from his birth to his undisputed reign as king of the Cascade brumbies. Thowra is named for the wind, since he will have to be as swift as the wind to escape men, who will want him for his
Apr 04, 2014 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I know I'm making myself unpopular here but it would have probably got more stars if I had been a few decades younger than I am but as it is, I really couldn't get into it. Too much 'nodding wisely', too much human behaviour superimposed on animal protagonists, too many statements about herd dynamics/behaviour that is plainly wrong. All of which I would have been blissfully unaware of at, say, eight but just couldn't push aside at a-few-decades-and-then-some older than eight. Shame, really.
Lisa Grigg
Oct 22, 2014 Lisa Grigg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silver Brumby is one of those books were you just want to keep reading it over and over again. In this book Thowra, a creamy palomino horse (described as "silver")is born in a wild, windy and stormy night, for that he is named "Thowra" meaning wind. His mother who is named Bell-Bell knows that great dangers that come ahead to him, so he must know the ways of the Brumby country.

When Thowra is a foal, he is playful and,in a way, cheeky. Thowra plays and grows up with his half brother called St
Aug 02, 2014 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silver Brumby books featured in my early reading days quite a bit. I love horse stories, despite my complete lack of horse knowledge. I've read the books, but I've never been on a horse. Thowra of course, is not for riding, but for the thrill of freedom. This is the first book, and one I haven't read for many years. I owned a book called The Silver Brumby, but have since realized it was a novel of the movie. It wasn't bad, but this book is truly beautiful.

There is poetry in this writing, El
I read this countless times when I was a kid (in fact the entire series), and have just finished reading it to my son. Was really not as well written as I remembered, and so many typos too!, in my early edition! Still my son hopefully caught the Thowra bug.
Mar 11, 2016 Mango rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I'm not sure how to go about reviewing this childhood treasure. Although I'm sure that somewhere, amidst the magic, it has its flaws, I am probably blinded by its nostalgia and beauty. Usually this would disturb me, but in this case I will overlook it.
I discovered this book in the middle of a summer storm, as I was scrounging through the bookshelf, searching for a hidden gem to block out the thunder. Finding The Silver Brumby and seeing the horse on its cover, I immediately dug in, being a rural
Jul 11, 2013 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silver Brumby books were my absolute favourite when I was a horse-crazy girl in primary school. I started when I was seven and didn't quite have the same appreciation for reading as I do now. Perhaps the word I mean is dedication, or commitment- I used to skip paragraphs, sometimes whole pages, because I got bored (or more likely, didn't get it). My mum got me the first four books and I kept reading them for years onward (and plagiarising them when I wrote stories). At some point, I suppose ...more
Jemima Pett
Dec 05, 2012 Jemima Pett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A brumby is an Australian wild horse, and this tale by Elyne Mitchell is the first of a series, which as far as I knew was of just four books, this, The Silver Brumby’s Daughter, Silver Brumbies of the South, and Silver Brumby Kingdom. Looking on the internet now, I see there are more – maybe I should read them!

The Silver Brumby of the title is Thowra, a cream-coloured wild horse in the Australian Snowy Mountains, whose coat turns silver in winter. The first book deals with his birth and growing
Jun 18, 2012 Hayley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is as good as I remember it being when I was a child. I don't think it's very often you can say that - usually such books are too simple, less complex and not as appealing to a more well-read adult imagination.

The Silver Brumby has a brilliant mix of description and storyline, bringing the Australian mountains alive. Unlike other books i've read that spend a lot of time describing the environment (Jean Auel comes to mind as number one offender), Mitchell describes just the right ammo
Ju Transcendancing
I love this book so much, I love it from my childhood when I was first starting to read chapter books. I started reading it aloud to one of my partners a couple of years ago - it took us a while because I moved interstate but it was something we both really looked forward to. I really enjoyed the slow rereading, the sound of the words as I read and making the story come alive for someone else. This is a beautiful book, it's exultant about nature and freedom and wildness, but also family and frie ...more
Ailish Daly
Jan 23, 2015 Ailish Daly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a very rare coloured horse named
Throwa. He becomes the mystical ghost horse
who is always spoken of at the campfires of the drovers
because of his silvery coat that allows him to
disapear in the darkness of the night.

This book is a beautiful story about
horses and how they learnt to live
in the wild as hunted animals and there
techniques in doing so.
Really catchy!
May 10, 2012 Exillior rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is magical.

I read it as a child, borrowed from a friend. Since then I hadn't seen the novel again, as it's been out of publication for years. I recently picked it up from a bargain bookstore and was pleasantly impressed to see that my positive impression of it wasn't due to my age.

There's something incredibly compelling about Elyne Mitchell's writing. You find yourself engrossed in the story of Thowra before you even realise it. There is no conscious effort to make the reader pictur
Melanie T
Jun 04, 2014 Melanie T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went through that craze as a young lass being horse mad....why I cannot imagine as I fell off every pony I had a chance to sit upon. However, The Silver Brumby series were very special. The part of Australia was something I always wanted to explore.
Nov 24, 2015 Just rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe how I missed reading this book as a child. I was a voracious reader and always had a book in my hand and remember many times wondering around the library looking for my next read. This was a beautiful story of the brumbies told from their side. Beautiful.
Aug 28, 2014 Stefanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, animals
I love this book. I've watched the animated TV series (petition here Petition for the entire series on DVD) and the live movie but unfortunately never read the book. Then I was at the library a couple of weeks back and decided to browse the children's section as well as the teen section (I'm 21) and found it nestled away and I quickly snapped it up.

I'm just finishing reading it and I must say it is a magnificent book, I love the description of the characters, the description of the land and the
Mar 22, 2016 Jackxy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's just amazing! I wish there where more books! (i could not remember the date i started or finished so i just put these dates). Must read!!!
Claire Morley
Jun 10, 2015 Claire Morley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. I first read it as a teenager and it was very favourite book. Enjoyed it just as much this time round and I'm almost 50!!!
Apr 28, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horsey-fiction
This is a really sweet little book that I never read as a child. It tells the story of Thowra, a cream coloured brumby born in the outback that is coveted by any man who sees him. Growing up wild and independent, he learns how to survive and hide, leaving no tracks and disappearing into his hidden valley whenever he is threatened. He creates a legend both amongst the men of the bush and the animals that he shares it with. Fighting The Brolga, the stallion that killed his own father, he becomes t ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Tahlia rated it really liked it
4 stars because I liked the ending. The book overall was good too but sometimes seemed to get a bit repetitive.
Emily Becker
Jan 15, 2014 Emily Becker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Dad bought this for me when I was a kid, and I loved it. Elyne Mitchell was an AMAZING writer who made you feel a part of the story, even if you were just a kid on a couch and not a majestical Silver Stallion thundering through the beautiful wild Snowy Mountains. May Thowra run wild and free forever :D
Sep 23, 2015 Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a child when I was in my "horsey" phase.
Carol Ann
Jun 01, 2014 Carol Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love it every time I read it. a must for all horse lovers.
Monster Fabulous
can i read it? or you just showing me cover
Apr 21, 2015 Hellvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As magical as I remember it being!
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Elyne Mitchell is an Australian author best known for her Silver Brumby children's series, which tells the story of brumbies that roamed the Snowy Mountains in the Australian Alps, in particular a pale brumby named Thowra.

In 1988, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to literature, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Charts Sturt University in 1993.
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Other Books in the Series

Silver Brumby Series (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Silver Brumby's Daughter
  • Silver Brumbies of the South
  • Silver Brumby Kingdom
  • Moon Filly
  • Silver Brumby Whirlwind
  • Son of the Whirlwind
  • Silver Brumby, Silver Dingo
  • Dancing Brumby
  • Brumbies Of The Night
  • Dancing Brumby's Rainbow

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