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WINNER of the 2017 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award!

When thirteen-year-old Jamie Francis’s parents divorced, she and her mother moved from Halifax to the small town of River Bend, Nova Scotia. Jamie doesn’t have any friends and isn’t sure how she’ll ever make any, but one day she comes across a neglected-looking horse in a field: a golden palomino she names Peach.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 2015 by Nimbus Publishing
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Anna
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE. That is all I can say I'm speechless.
Sarah Butland
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At thirteen years old, Jamie was going through a lot of changers in her life. After her parents divorce, she moved to River Bend, Nova Scotia with her mom and tried to start over. Although she was the main human character in this novel, she might have been overshadowed by her partner, Peach, the horse and that was a fantastic twist to the story.

As a shy girl, Jamie struggled to find new friends at school but befriended a horse and cat fairly quickly. Visiting them regularly and offering treats
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Adora Swift
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This a great book about a girl and a horse (enough said?). As a woman who was once a "horse-crazy" girl, I found myself really identifying with the main character. We shared many of the same experiences of falling in love with a horse and learning to ride, which I'm sure are pretty universal and will resonate with anyone who has ever owned or wanted to own a horse. I had warm-fuzzy feelings the entire time I was reading. I highly recommend this book for any "horse-crazy" kids in your life.
Carrilee Eddy
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The familiar place names and the details about horsemanship were lovely. This made me feel as I did when I was a horse-loving child! I would like Ms. Gorham to write another, I'd like to keep in touch with these characters.
Christine Meunier
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, horse, 2016
Thirteen-year-old Jamie has discovered a palomino mare in a field within riding distance of her new home. The mare appears hungry and lonely. Jamie quickly concludes she needs a friend as much as the shy thirteen-year-old does.

As Jamie visits the mare, feeds her snacks and grooms her, she starts to build a rapport with the golden equine. She decides to call her Peach. As she voices this thought out loud, an older gentleman informs her that Peach is a perfect name for her... more at http://equus-
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Karen Upper
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this narrative and being introduced into the competitive world of show jumping! The story flowed well and the characters were well developed. Courage, determination, problem solving, and the love of an animal will endear any reader to this touching coming-of-age book! A wonderful debut novel by Gorham!
Recommended!!!
Jacqueline
Read this book because it was on the 2017 hackmatack fiction list. I'm handing it over to my girl because I'm sure she'll enjoy it.
Michelle Olms
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book
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Vivien Gorham has been writing stories and riding horses since she was eight years old. Raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she has worked in the Northwest Territories, Alaska’s Denali National Park, and on a dude ranch in Montana. She now lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada with her family, two fluffy cats, and a dog called Niska. Her favourite childhood horse books are The Horsemasters (1957) ...more
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