Charley's Horse is the story of an eleven-year-old girl who is crazy about horses. She knows everything about them--except how to ride.
When her parents split up, Charley is sent to away to riding camp. She resists, but the lure of her own horse for the summer is too strong. She'll live with girls who love horses as much as she does, and she'll learn to ride.
But her summer horse hates her, the girls in her cabin think she's a freak, and riding lessons scare her silly. A secret friend is all that makes camp bearable.
Charley's Horse is the story of a young girl's journey through obstacles, isolation, and trials of courage. It's about the chasm between dreams and reality, about the difficulty of fitting in, overcoming fear and insecurity, and finding a way to stay true to herself. It's also about horses and riding, from an author who spent twenty-five years doing nothing but.
This is not just a novel for horse-mad girls. Their mothers and grandmothers will find themselves in this honest and heartwarming coming of age story.
Charley's Horse is the 2018 Maxy Award Runner Up, Best Young Adult Novel.