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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. Girl recovering from illness and a horse. [s]

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Shanna_redwind | 858 comments I read this probably in the mid to late 1980's, but it's quite possible that the book was older. I read it in English in Canada. I think it was likely a paperback, but I don't remember anything about the cover. It would have been YA or upper middle grade.

The girl was sick, perhaps recovering from polio, I'm not sure. I think that she was frustrated or depressed and didn't want to make the effort that everyone wanted her to make to get better.

She is either on a farm or lives by one where there is a horse. I have the feeling that the horse has a problem too, (either recovering from and injury or recovering from abuse perhaps)

I don't know if she owned the horse or just befriended it.

I think that she is forced to ride the horse to save someone. Maybe they were sick, or maybe there was a robber or something.


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Kym | 1058 comments Tall and Proud?

Kirkus review -

Like Martin Rides the Moor (1965, p. 574, J-188), this is the story of a youngster (this time a girl) encouraged to overcome a handicap (this time polio) by the acquisition of a horse. Gail is stricken suddenly while she is enacting heroic exploits in the moorland stream; in the hospital, she writes and draws her imaginings, always with a horse, tall and proud, at their hub. Home again, she fails to progress; over-protected by her mother, she is in danger of becoming a permanent invalid. A sharp warning from the doctor sends Gail's father searching for a horse to give her an incentive to walk. Sam-- Samalaya, an injured racehorse -- is the answer: he's cheap enough for Mr. Fleming, fine enough for Gail. Girl and horse recover together, and cap their cure by helping to catch an escaped prisoner. The course of Gail's illness, from blinding pain to resentment to renewed effort, is seen through her own troubled consciousness, sometimes clearly, sometimes overlaid by suspicion and jealousy; her mother's concern struggles with a sense of estrangement from her daughter; her father's worry is for Gail and for his own inadequacy. Horse and handicap hold the reader's interest and the underlying conflicts raise it above the routine.


Shanna_redwind | 858 comments Yes, I think this is the book. Thank you very much.


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