Only Dusty can ride the wild Snow Pony. And no one but Dusty will trust her. Three years of drought have reduced the Riley's farm to a dirt patch and strained the family to breaking point. A trip to the mountains to muster their cattle promises a fresh start, but sudden violence erupts into the peaceful landscape. Now Dusty and her beautiful brumby are tested as never before. 'Lester tells a gripping yarn, brimming with classic pictures. Dusty emerges as a true mountain girl with a new friend who can match her in courage.' Australian Book Review
Alison Lester is the well-known creator of many popular and award-winning children's books, many of which reflect her own country childhood. The Quicksand Pony was shortlisted for the National Children's Award, Festival Awards for Literature in 1998, and in 1999 was the winner of the WA Young Readers Book Awards. The Snow Pony was shortlisted for both YABBA and KOALA awards, reflecting its popularity with young readers of horse stories.Alison is involved in many community art projects, and travelled to Antarctica in 2005 to run the Kids Antarctic Art Project. She spends part of every year travelling to remote indigenous communities, helping children and adults write and draw about their own lives.In 2012, Alison Lester became Australia's first Children's Laureate, a position shared with Boori Monty Pryor.