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Samphire Song

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  37 reviews
When fourteen-year-old Jodie buys a wild horse at auction, she has no idea what she is taking on. Something has drawn her to Samphire--there's an instant bond between them. She recognizes he's a damaged horse who needs time to mend. Jodie understands all about pain, having lost her dad two years before.

Slowly, she gains Samphire's trust, and Jodie begins to blossom with a
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Egmont Books (UK)
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Amena
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating this book wasn't easy. I've read it in almost one setting: It's gripping, heartwarming and sweet. The relationships, especially that between Jodie and her brother, absolutely shine. I've got a little brother myself, and I could very easily relate (even though my brother is, luckily, in good health). What's more, Mrs Hucklesby brings the essentials of the relationship across almost without effort.
However, there are two problems, each of which took off one star. My main issue is that, even
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Clare O'Beara
Samphire is a part-Arabian grey stallion in the New Forest, England and teenager Jodie falls in love as soon as she sees him. Buying him in an auction seems like her dreams coming true, but then her priorities have to change.

Jodie's father, a pilot in the RAF, was killed in an accident, and her younger brother Ed has a kidney disease requiring dialysis. Their mother writes a gardening column to support the close-knit little family. Ed is promised a large radio-controlled plane and Jodie gets her
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Gianna Piazza
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Imagine growing up with the most important person to you, and then after several years not having them? This is what happened to 14 year old Jodie Palmer in the Non-Fiction book Samphire Song. Samphire Song is a novel written by Jill Hucklesby. Jill has also written several others novels including, Deeper than Blue, If I could Fly, Last Kiss of Butterfly, and Little Lost Hedgehog. Jodie is the main character, along with her Mom and little brother. If I were to rate this book, I would give it a 4 ...more
Gracie Skultety
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really likes this book because I had a connection to the main character Jodie because she loves horses and I love horses. I also really likes this book because I can relate to it because Jodie just got a new horse and I just got a new horse. I like how the author kept using flashbacks to tell the readers what Jodie's dad was like before he passed. I also liked how the author talked about the characters backgrounds to make things more clear.
Mary
Beautifully written and believable story from the average teen’s point of view. Heart warming and tear worthy, this is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Deb Jacobs
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I forced myself to finish the book: it’s an easy read (definitely written for young teens), but I just didn’t care about any of the characters. There are themes which could have been explored further, but weren’t, the younger brother seemed wholly unrealistic in his personality and illness. It was convenient how Mum lost her job to force the sale of the horse, then miraculously got it back when things turned around.

Read it if you must, but I’d recommend My Friend Flicka or Black Beauty instead
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Becky
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: own
An emotional heartbreaking story of the love between a mistreated horse and a young girl.
Chloe
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-book
it was awesome! such a heart-filled and content filled book..... always had something interesting going on
Bailee
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This is the story of a family, stricken by lost and struggling with the unknown future of one member's illness. They fight to not only stay close but also not lose touch of who they are or what they used to be. It is about the acceptance of the present and the undeniable love of the past. Together they can survive everything. And a love of a horse could change everything. I love the story and how focused it is on family. It's hard to find a story that not only accepts that family has a huge role ...more
Hannah
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Samphire Song is a book aimed at 9-13 year olds. An age group a few years too young for me in theory actually. However it sounded interesting and the equine literature for the older young adults range is fairly limited.

It starts with a quick briefing of the characters life involving horses up to the point the story truly starts, when she receives money from her Mother ‘to spend on what she likes’ that is of course a pony.

She originally goes to a auction after a well broke, sane pony but, unsurpr
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Hannah
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samphire Song is a book aimed at 9-13 year olds. An age group a few years too young for me in theory actually. However it sounded interesting and the equine literature for the older young adults range is fairly limited.

It starts with a quick briefing of the characters life involving horses up to the point the story truly starts, when she receives money from her Mother ‘to spend on what she likes’ that is of course a pony.

She originally goes to a auction after a well broke, sane pony but, unsurpr
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Hannah
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samphire Song is a book aimed at 9-13 year olds. An age group a few years too young for me in theory actually. However it sounded interesting and the equine literature for the older young adults range is fairly limited.

It starts with a quick briefing of the characters life involving horses up to the point the story truly starts, when she receives money from her Mother ‘to spend on what she likes’ that is of course a pony.

She originally goes to a auction after a well broke, sane pony but, unsurpr
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Ms. Yingling
Jodie has a lot going on in her life, but being with horses makes her feel better. Her father, with whom she shared her passion for riding, was killed in the war. Her young brother, Ed, is very ill and needs a kidney transplant to survive. Her mother, a freelance writer, struggles to make ends meet, but when she gets a good job writing a regular column, she lets the children have a treat, and Jodie gets to buy a horse. She choses Samphire, a stallion who is skittish and needs training, because s ...more
Mwahaha
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 8-14 year old animal lovers
Samphire Song is a touching story about a fourteen-year-old girl and her spirited Arabian stallion. Samphire is everything Jodie has ever dreamed of - a beautiful, almost pure white horse with bucketfuls of personality - and when she discovers him at an auction she can't quite believe her luck. The moment he catches her eye, something about him also captures her heart. It's a deep, unbreakable connection tugging her towards him, and the beginning of a bond so powerful even separation and depress ...more
Merrilyn Tucker
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jodie is recovering from the death of her dearly loved father. She's in a loving family of a mother and brother, but the brother has kidney disease, so is fragile. Jodie eases her raw emotions when she is working at a local stable and she wishes that some day she could have a horse of her own. When she meets Samphire, a mean and volatile horse, she sees in his eyes that he is as broken as she. Jodie is able to buy Samphire from owners who don't love him but, soon after, her brother has to have a ...more
Rebecca
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Krystle
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love how this story was very... lighthearted, if you will. Although slightly predictable, the story is very pleasant. There are no complicated words or sentences. Even my 20-year-old sister, who wouldn't read any book that has no pictures/illustrations, managed to finish the book in quite a short time, all things considered.

I admit I cried as Jodie helplessly lost Samphire, as I, like Jodie, have helplessly watched something/someone we love slip away. Jill expressed Jodie's loss so tragically
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Jennifer
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
A book about one girl’s unflinching love for a horse. Jodie has always loved horses, but when she meets Samphire, she feels a connection unlike she ever has before. Ever since her dad died, Jodie, her mom and her sick brother have struggled to make ends meet. But when her mother comes into an inheritance left by Jodie’s dad, Jodie is able to purchase Samphire and give him the love he deserves.

Everything about this book was too neat for me. Jodie and her brother behave much younger than their ag
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Barbara
Fourteen-year-old Jodie Palmer is still reeling from the loss of her father. A bit awkward around others her age, she feels more comfortable with horses than humans. When she has the chance to buy the horse of her dreams, she is drawn instead to Samphire, a powerful, beautiful creature who has obviously been mistreated during this time with others. Slowly, patiently, lovingly, Jodie works with Samphire, gaining his trust and helping him reach his potential. Middle grade and teen readers will qui ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
SAMPHIRE SONG by Jill Hucklesby is a beautiful written Children's book. Age Range:9 and up. A tale of Samphire, and Jodie. Jodie loves horses, has lost her beloved father and volunteers at a horse stable. Samphire is a troubled horse, and he is damaged. When Jodie's younger brother becomes ill she must let her beloved horse go, with a promise to find him. But not only is Samphire in danger,but Jodie also, when she feels him calling to her she know he is in danger too. Together, they find healing ...more
Athena Nagel
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Samphire song is a book with so many great messages. First of all - this book epitomizes why horses prove to be such great therapeutic animals. I do not own a horse - I used to ride them when I was a kid but at some point developed truly deadly allergies to them. Breaks my heart. But I lived the love for horses, however brief, and this book portrays that love. The emotion in this book is handled marvelously and involves the reader at every turn. It was a difficult book to put down. I give this b ...more
Nelda Brangwin
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Although I enjoyed this horse story, I can't give it a good rating. It is a British story yet, they spend dollars not pounds. Pajamas is spelled the American way and the British way, pyjamas. There's a glaring mistake on page 45 when mom says the kids have "fifteen two thousand dollars" to spend, but later in the story when Jodie's brother goes into kidney failure she has to sell the horse she bought for $2000. It was confusing....earlier it sounded like they had a LOT of money. The story will b ...more
Kasey Cocoa
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written heart-warming tale even those who've never felt the bond between human and animal. Having grown up around horses I could easily relate to certain elements of the story. I didn't want to put it down once I started, even though it was clearly written for a much younger age group. This is one that should be put in every school library encouraging kids both male and female to read it through. The characters felt well fleshed out. The plot was easy to follow and flowed smoothly from star ...more
Arlene
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nnjpl-reviews
Fourteen year-old Jodie has recently lost her father and has a younger brother struggling with serious illness. She describes herself as having "a rock where my heart should be." A lover of horses, she is drawn to a recalcitrant stallion that she names Samphire, "like the wild plant, on account of his raggedy mane." This beautiful story captures a young girl's love for a troubled horse and how their relationship heals them both. Though the story is set in the English countryside and written by a ...more
Laura Phelps
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2013
Jodie’s dad has recently died, her brother is suffering from kidney disease and her only solace is riding horses at the stable. When given an opportunity to purchase a horse, she chooses Samphire, a wild stallion seemingly unsuited to a young rider. The bond between horse and girl is strong, but at times the plot follows a predictable pattern. For readers who love horses, though, this will be a hit.
Katarina
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very sweet story, and if you like horses you will love reading this

The book is aimed at a younger crowd, but reading it took me back to being young, loving horses, riding and spending every free minute at the stable.
The book is beautifully written and tugs at your heart as Jodie deals with several huge things in her life.

I really liked reading this.
Gianna Nickoloff
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because I love animals, horses especially so if you do too you should like it. This book shows determination in the character Jodie. She's also very adventurous and a risk-taker. Jodie has a little brother she calls Teddy, who has a medical problem. Together they make a good team and look out for each other. Jodie will not give up to get her horse.
Aaron
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a truly brilliant book - maybe the truly action-filled parts were over slightly quickly, but the emotion of the many things that happened in the book were all protrayed in such a way that made you feel like you knew the situation so well yourself.
Sara
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
Loved the characters but a little unbelievable at times. Still, it is a wonderful horse book for girls who want to get their hands on anything to do with equines. They will not only love Samphire, but his owner, too.
Amelia Calladine
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this, it was a really touching story and there are so many elements to consider. It is very well written and th plot is actually quite surprising towards the end. Not your typical pony story.
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