Sam is pony-mad and dreams of being a brilliant rider. But her nerves often get the better of her, even when she discovers that she can actually talk to horses. Mulberry is a beautiful black pony, but she's so grumpy no one wants to ride her. Except for Sam ...Can Sam conquer her fear of falling off and ride Mulberry to victory in the Meadow Vale Summer Show? Or will Mulberry's bad behaviour ruin everything for them both? The story is beautifully illustrated throughout by Thomas Docherty, who was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and comes with fun horse facts in the back as well as stickers - the perfect package for pony-mad girls everywhere!
Che Golden is a graduate of the Masters course in Creative Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University and the Meadow Vale Ponies series are her first books for OUP. Apart from writing, Che's other passion is horses, which she shares with her two young daughters. Che's first horse was Velvet, a huge, black Irish cob who not only taught Che how to ride, but taught her two little girls as well. Now, they own Charlie Brown, a rather neurotic New Forest pony, and Robbie, a very laid back Highland pony. Thomas Docherty is an enormously talented illustrator. He studied metalwork and sculpture at college, but has always liked drawing. He often makes notes and sketches when he travels, and it is these that inspired his first picture books. Thomas spends much of his time visiting schools and libraries, meeting his readers and helping them to create their own stories. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two young daughters. His book, Little Boat, which he illustrated and wrote, was shortlisted for the highly prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.