'Race the Wind' is the excellent follow-up to Lauren St John's 'One Dollar Horse', following the story of Casey Blue and the horse she rescued from th...more'Race the Wind' is the excellent follow-up to Lauren St John's 'One Dollar Horse', following the story of Casey Blue and the horse she rescued from the knackers yard, Storm Warning. After her success at the Badminton Horse Trials, Casey has an automatic shot at the Kentucky Three Day Event and the seemingly unobtainable Grand Slam. Things are finally looking up for her, when her father is suddenly arrested on suspicion of murder and Casey becomes entangled in trying to clear his name.
Although 'Race the Wind' is quite a different book to the first in the series, the focus is still on the wonderful connection between Casey and her horse. Their relationship is at the heart of the story and I enjoyed seeing the partnership they share flourish even further. There are a couple of short passages throughout the book where events are narrated through the eyes of Storm Warning and these served to enhance the bond that girl and horse have. They may have their ups and downs but they can always count on each other.
I loved seeing Casey's grit and determination to become as good as she can be, in her quest to win the elusive Grand Slam. She starts working out with a trainer to improve her overall fitness level and some of what she does sounds pretty painful! This shows what all committed sports people put themselves through to try and achieve their goals.
I was slightly disappointed not to see as much of Peter, who Casey became romantically involved with at the end of the first book. He's still involved in the story but their relationship becomes quite tenuous and they certainly have some issues to overcome.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and will appeal hugely to horse-lovers. When I was young, I used to love reading the Jill's Pony books by Ruby Ferguson, as well as the Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant. A whole new generation of horse-mad teens would do as well picking up this series by Lauren St John, to experience the thrills of Casey Blue and her horse Storm Warning.
The third and final part of the trilogy 'Fire Storm' will be published by Orion in 2014. (less)
Horse mad children and teens will love this story about a young girl who rescues a horse from the knacker's yard and then goes on to ride him in the B...moreHorse mad children and teens will love this story about a young girl who rescues a horse from the knacker's yard and then goes on to ride him in the Badminton Horse Trials, the world's greatest three day event. They will also love the gorgeous hardcover copy with shocking pink edged pages. This book practically begs you to pick it up!
Casey Blue loves horses. After she saves Storm Warning from near death, a bond is formed between horse and girl that nothing can break. Casey has had a tough life after her father was sent to prison for his part in a burglary but she's determined and has a dream that she'll do anything to reach.
When I was younger I used to love reading books about horses. I was a huge fan of The Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant and was always on the lookout for new titles. This book brought back many happy memories of my horse-mad days and I'm sure will be well loved by today's audience. I really liked the main character Casey and enjoyed the way the book explored her relationship with her father, as well as the romance which develops between her and the Farrier's son Peter, who notices something different and special about her from the moment he first sets eyes on her.
Lauren St John has really managed to capture the love of horses that many of the characters share and the excitement of competing on one of the greatest stages of them all. It was extremely enjoyable watching Casey overcoming so much adversity and so many obstacles and the book makes you believe that anything is possible and that dreams really can come true.
The second book in the trilogy entitled 'Race the Wind' will be published in March 2013 and follows Casey on the next step of her adventure. (less)