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Race the Wind

(The One Dollar Horse #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  962 ratings  ·  66 reviews
When Casey Blue's Badminton victory earns her and Storm an invitation to the prestigious Kentucky Three Day Event, it is a dream come true. But that dream is about to turn into a nightmare. After her father is arrested for a crime Casey is convinced he didn't commit, she finds herself the victim of a vicious blackmailer. To make matters worse, Storm is behaving like the wi ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published September 2013 by Orion Children's Books (first published April 1st 2013)
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Lisa Dunckley
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the One Dollar Horse trilogy takes up the day after book one ends, with Casey Blue just having won Badminton.

Casey is woken by the police pounding on the door to arrest her father for murder, and he calls her from jail to insist that she still go to the USA to compete at Rolex, the second 4**** event in the Grand Slam. She is of course reluctant to leave her father in his time of need—until she receives an anonymous note telling her that if she win Rolex then she will be give
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I used to be able to say with my hand on my heart that I had absolutely no desire to ever ride a horse again, especially after flying over the top of one when I was in my teens. Yet when I read this series by Lauren St John, I get this incredible urge to find a riding school! She makes horse riding so appealing and exciting, that you come away wondering why you never considered riding before.

The characters are awesome and always come across as the
Annerie RooibosReads
Short, sweet, exciting, nerve-wracking, blackmail and love... These are some of my favourite things!

This book definitely lacked the stigma that goes with being the middle book in a trilogy. It was perfectly executed, the writing was excellent and Lauren St John took no shortcuts when it comes to character development and the development of her skills!

Definitely a 5/5 star reas!
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize this book was part of a trilogy when I picked it up at the library, so I didn't understand why a horse bought from a knackery in the UK cost a dollar (or why pet food renderers who are presumably there to make a living were giving horses away), but since it wasn't explained in this book I guess it wasn't important.

If it had gone a little bit further this could have been cracktastically entertaining (the dialogue! Do people still talk like that?). It had its entertaining moments
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant addition to the series. Loved the the plot and the Kentucky three day event. Even though it was really quite predictable I enjoyed it so much. Quick short chapters. Very well described and I loved the fact that everything around Casey went from good to bad and you didn't find out if everything she wants back comes back. Only wish there was more on her father being jailed. But overall a good young adult horse novel. Can't wait till firestorm next year
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. There was never a part where i found boring. At times i was so angry and at others i was laughing along with the book. Plus, I had a signed copy!!

Definitely a book to read. I am so glad that i picked up The One Dollar Horse. If i hadn't, i wouldn't have come across this amazing 2nd book.
Andrea Roberts
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this book series and feel like the author puts you in Casey's boots. You really come to care about the characters no matter how stubborn and frustrating they can be. St John beautifully weaves a story of riding that appeases the horse lover in me and I would recommend this book for anyone who loves horses and suspense!
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have got all three of these books.
all of Lauren St. John's books
I love her books so much!!
This book is a really good follow up from the one dollar horse. I live the way Lauren St. John fits a picture in your head I love it
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great sequel to ONE DOLLAR HORSE, cant wait to get the next book, FIRE STORM!!
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just finished this book it was unreal loved every bit of it especially the way the story was continued on.... i really think this should become a MOVIE or TV SERIES! like heartland
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sooo hooked. want to read the next book so much!!
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the chemistry between Casey and Peter! <3 ...more
Clare O'Beara
This is another retelling of International Velvet with the young London heroine of 'One Dollar Horse' going off to Kentucky Horse Trials. She still appears to be thirteen in terms of maturity. Weirdly she never interacts with any other eventing competitors, so I don't know how the publisher persuaded Jilly Cooper to give the book a blurb quote. As in the previous tale our impecunious Council flat heroine (now 17 and it seems money appears from nowhere and she never has to study for anything) liv ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eve beinguniquebooks
As Casey prepares to enter her next competition in Kentucky, she has to deal with her father being wrongly accused of a crime. Again, she has her faith in him he didn't do it but as the police feel it's a dead certain he did she feels helpless at helping him. She focuses on her upcoming competition whilst she also has a fall out with Peter...

However, one elderly officer enlists Peter, Casey's on and off boyfriend who sets about clearing her father's name as they uncover a horrid corrupt plot tha
Chrissie B
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Yasmin Pirbhai
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the front cover of this book it says 'Lauren St John creates both humans and horse so real you can almost reach out and touch them.' It is probably the truest thing I have ever heard. The books have changed me as a rider, I respect the horses I ride more, treat them with more care.

This book sent me on an emotional rollercoaster. It started off awfully, yet right where the other book ended that I am kind of nervous to pick up the third one, yet excited to see the journey they are no doubt abo
Jono Mcdermott
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic episode following the adventures of Casey Blue and Storm Warning, once again capturing the heart of horse-riding so vividly. I was looking forward to a deeper exploration of America, as in Kentucky Thriller, but the focus is more on plot and character than setting this time around. Thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait to read Fire Storm!
Anne Cotton
Not as good as the first book in this series. The story was a bit far fetched and unbelievable for me. Plus the time period it all happened in was too short. I’ll be interested to see if the third is any better.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as an equally amazing book as the one dollar horse. I couldn't put it down either and I would definitely recommend it. Seriously brilliant. Lauren st John did a tremendous job.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book for horsey girls
Lauren White
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alix Long
Normally I'm the one who completely refutes the claim that the sequel to a book is never better than the first one, but this time, I'm afraid to say that this is not the case with the second book in Lauren St John's The One Dollar Horse trilogy. Don't get me wrong- I didn't hate the book, I just felt that it didn't possess the same excitement as the first one did. I'm not sure whether that was to do with the fact that the book in itself was shorter- maybe this extinguished some of the tension an ...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'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 'R
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Race the Wind by Lauren St John
ISBN 978-1-4440-0270-6
Orion - Published April 2013
• Sam Hawksmoor review

Young readers of this eventing/thriller might not know that that the author is channelling Rocky Balboa but the guiding hand that led him to success is there for Casey too, if only she can rise to the occasion.

Casey Blue has just won at Badminton with her One Dollar horse, Storm, an ex-racehorse found in a knackers yard and turned into eventing wonder horse by Casey and her coach Mrs Smith. N
Rosie. B
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Race the Wind
Lauren St John.
sequel to the One Dollar Horse .

16 year old Casey Blue’s big Badminton victory has just earned her a place in the Kentucky three day event. But suddenly her dream has turned into a nightmare.

The morning after Casey's big victory there is a knock on the door...Ronald Blue(Casey's father) is a suspect in a robbery where a man was shot . The cold hard truth is suddenly spilled out onto Casey. She is still trying to figure out what has happened after her father is lead aw
Mad White
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was intense! I might have given it a four for the tortured love story but after finishing it, my finger slipped to five... I didn't think this book was quite as inspiring as the One Dollar Horse because of the slightly darker themes but it was still a really page turner and I loved it!
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I did really like this book and I love that this is a series designed for young adults more than horse crazed preteens! I can't help but cringe slightly at some of the ways some things are said, like what is said between Casey and Peter at the end of the book was quite unrealistic and fairytale like, especially as this girl is meant to be the same age as me and I know I wouldn't say anything quite so odd?!
But overall very well written and an exciting, fast moving plot, only things I could fault
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Lauren St John grew up on a farm and game reserve in Africa, the inspiration for her acclaimed memoir, Rainbow's End, and her award-winning White Giraffe series for children. Dead Man's Cove, the first in her Laura Marlin mystery series, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2011. Her bestselling One Dollar Horse trilogy for teenagers was followed by The Glory, a breathtaking YA adventure a ...more

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