(W H ALLEN 1979)
Reprinted in hardback by Methuen.
Reprinted in paperback by Methuen/Magnet.
Also reprinted later by Straw Hat in 1993 under the name of Alan Davison.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, Magnet paperback edition.
SUMMARY: School/pony story. Troublemaker, yet superb rider, Bonnie is always being thrown out of her schools. She thinks it will be the same at this new one, until she becomes involved with the riding programme there. But any chance at redeeming herself is put in danger when her status as top rider is challenged by the strong-willed riding instructor. The pair go head to head in the upcoming show jumping competition and as neither are willing to give way to the other the tension reaches breaking point...
PONYMAD VIEW: Although outwardly a story about show jumping and schools, this is mainly a psychological study of two complex personalities as they clash. The battle of wills makes for fascinating reading, but the pace of the story is also such that you are gripped from the start to the almost unbearably tense climax. A great story on all levels and for all ages. Highly recommended.
PONYMAD RATING: 5 HORSESHOES
Fairly easy to find in the UK, especially the paperback and usually cheap. Harder to find elsewhere.