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Three years of drought have reduced the Rileys’ farm to a dirt patch and strained the family to the breaking point. Between their increasingly desperate finances, her father’s short temper, and her best friend’s move to boarding school in the city, Dusty’s whole life seems to be unraveling. Her only consolation is her wild and beautiful horse, the Snow Pony.Dusty first seeThree years of drought have reduced the Rileys’ farm to a dirt patch and strained the family to the breaking point. Between their increasingly desperate finances, her father’s short temper, and her best friend’s move to boarding school in the city, Dusty’s whole life seems to be unraveling. Her only consolation is her wild and beautiful horse, the Snow Pony.Dusty first sees the wild brumby up on the Plains, and from that first glimpse, she can think of little else. Months later, her father catches the horse and tries to break it in, but the Snow Pony will only accept one rider—Dusty. Together they seem unstoppable. But when sudden violence erupts during a trip up to the mountains, Dusty and her horse find themselves tested as never before.In her second novel, set in rural Australia’s rugged terrain, author Alison Lester weaves together a colorful and compassionate story of family, courage, adventure, and a young girl’s passion for her horse....

Title : The Snow Pony
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ISBN : 9780618254040
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Snow Pony Reviews

  • Amy Laurens
    2019-02-07 19:26

    This is one of those lovely, poignant stories that linger with you for a long time afterwards. I had to read it over a period of days, even though it was physically a short book, just so that I could savour it and let it all sink in. And after I finished, I literally couldn't pick up another book that night; my mind was too full of all I'd read. Beautiful.Set in the highlands of Australia, The Snow Pony tells the story of Dusty and the beautiful mountain brumby that only she can ride. Despite the potential in that concept for romantic sap (which Dusty herself is disparaging of), the story is real and gritty, showing the pressures of the farming life in drought-ridden Australia and the way that it can drive families apart - or force them together.This is a beautiful, beautiful book, full of real, broken characters, moments of stunning imagery, and written in a poignant, lingering style that haunted me for days afterwards. I love this book :)

  • Nadia Taranta
    2019-02-14 00:45

    I didn't like it very much. It was about a girl who got a pony and her dad captured it from the wild. I think she should just have left it there and go and get her own horse at a breeder or something. It was more about the girl then the horse. It was short. I didn't like it. It was easy to read.

  • Erika Quiroz
    2019-02-10 22:39

    This is a childhood favorite of mine that I decided to re-read and I'm glad that I did. I enjoyed it just as much this time around as I did as a kid. The book is really well written and it's interesting. It deals with some tough issues tactfully enough for the YA crowd it's intended for, as well as just being a good book. I suppose the idea of a wild pony that only Dusty, the young protagonist, can ride is a little cliche, but isn't that the dream of every little girl? The author has brought that to life without being totally naive and this is just generally a really good book that I still enjoyed as an adult. It's always kind of a relief to find you still love a childhood favorite.

  • Faith
    2019-01-27 22:48

    The Snow Pony was once a wild horse and is now Dusty's horse. Every thing seems perfect, except for the drought. Many people are leaving the town and everyone with cattle is losing money. Dusty understands this when her father is depending on her to make money for the family through horse jumping contests. These two are unstoppable and might just save the day.Reasons why I like this book-Reason 1- I could imagine what was happening.Reason 2- I couldn't stop reading.Reason 3- I felt as if I was there.

  • Deb Smith
    2019-02-11 21:23

    This book is more suited for readers 12+ years old. There are a couple of more mature themes running through the story that younger readers may have trouble understanding. Discretion is advised. Alison Lester has lived and experienced life in the high country and this comes through in her description of life looking after cattle in remote areas during the snow season. Young protagonist, Dusty is tough and courageous and her Dad's right hand man. She loves, respects and admires him, but during the events in this story, Dusty must deal with the realization that her father is human, with human traits. This is particularly difficult for Dusty. The Snow Pony is well worth a read, especially if you love the wilderness areas, horses and the country life of farms. This book deals with relationships between family and local communities and was an enjoyable read.

  • Jordan C.
    2019-02-20 18:23

    March Book Report, The Snow Pony, Alison LesterWhen Dusty was young, a beautiful white pony showed up in their yard. Dusty is now 13 years old and her family is not doing well financially. They live in Australia and currently, Australia is going through a drought which is destroying the land that feeds their cows. Dusty starts jumping Snow Pony like her mom to earn money. One day, Dusty, her dad, and brother head up into snow covered mountains with their horses, including Snow Pony, to retrieve their cows. When Jade is attacked by some family friends that she is being babysat by, she jumps out of their truck and somehow, runs until Dusty finds her. When Dusty's dad is kicked by a cow, Dusty and Jade have to ride out into the wild, snow covered woods to find help. I think that the theme of this book is to never give up. When Dusty decided to help her family financially, it took a lot of work, but she never gave up. Also, when she and Jade are searching for help, they encounter wild horses and almost are killed, by they keep moving forwards. The two of them conquer their fears and keep going to save Dusty's father.

  • Kara
    2019-02-07 01:38

    I believe that the writer wanted to show how the characters felt, and how they care. The author also did a good job making it realistic, but i think he could have also added a bit more action. While reading there were a few parts that were hard for me to understand. When the snow pony attacked one of the characters-Dusty- I didn’t understand why, until i went through it again.The author did a good job making the reader connect with the characters, and did an even better job explaining how their farm worked without making the book boring or adding too much detail. The author explained why they brought their cows up into the plain, and why the father acted the way he did.Throughout the book, they also made the problem clear and showed how people were reacting to it. The town acted together to make life better for them, but people with still falling, and having trouble with their situation, because there was no water for their cows, or themselves so people were selling their thing for money, and water.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-02 21:49

    First of all, I liked this book better than I anticipated. Initially, I chose it because it had a horse on the cover (yeah, I know, kinda juvenile of me....but I still love a good horse story), and I have liked Alison Lester's picture books, and thought I would try a chapter book by her. For anyone who has loved the "Man from Snowy River" films, this book will make you feel right at home. And while it is a good Australian outback story, with horses, it is more than that. It is a story of belonging, making decisions in a crisis, how families work through hard times and about how working with animals can shape a person's life and character. It deals with some hard topics, but not in a graphic way. At times, I wished the story had been more fully fleshed out, and the Snow Pony herself was a little bit too dreamy to be real. But I enjoyed the story anyway. My early-teenaged self would have loved it, too.

  • Grace Yang
    2019-02-10 23:28

    The Snow Pony is one of those books where it's kind of boring in the beginning but then gets more interesting in the middle. It's a great adventure story about a girl, her family, and wild horses. If I made a list of the categories this book is in, it would be a long list.The book is in two parts. The first part is about riding and training her new horse, and the second part is about adventure and surviving. The most intense chapters to me were 17, 20, and 23. I would recommend this book to someone who really loves horses and knows a lot about them.

  • Niamh
    2019-02-19 00:32

    I found this book, one of the best I have ever read. (I was lucky enough to buy the 15th anniversaries edition!) This book is one to be read at full pelt. Although, it does have some themes, so I would not recommend it to anyone under 12. I loved how there was always some light throughout the story, and many problem, some bigger than others. It just goes to show, family came stay together, if their meant to be. I loved this book!

  • Chelsea Gilmore
    2019-02-02 00:39

    I really liked this book because I love animals. I also liked this book so much because it has a lot of ups and downs to it. I think that people who like animal and or adventure books would like this book.

  • Annie
    2019-01-30 20:43

    I hardly remember what this book is about except that the girl changes the wall paper to make her room look bigger, there is a grumpy man that it actually nice, and there is a bratty-ish girl character, but I read it a zillion times when I was in about first grade.

  • Ruby Greaves
    2019-01-25 20:24

    a very good book for older readersEg. 12-18

  • Ashlyn
    2019-02-20 23:33

    This book is NOT for little kids. it has some not good things in it. i would wait till your older to read!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Samantha
    2019-01-24 22:34

    a great horsey tale!

  • WSL Library
    2019-01-27 22:31


  • Ngaire
    2019-02-09 21:37

    A beautiful sequel to The Quicksand Pony. I felt the content was a little heavier and older in this one but it worked with the main character getting older.

  • Rose
    2019-02-18 00:49

    The snow pony by Alison Lester (2001)

  • Jess
    2019-01-30 21:41

    slow at the beginning but extremely exciting at the end! Not only for horse lovers it is not even really about horses.

  • Caity
    2019-01-22 20:39

    It is a great book i would read it any day

  • Mad
    2019-02-13 00:42

    its about a girl that meets a pony in the snow and no one else could ride it.

  • Christine Meunier
    2019-02-02 23:39

    A very realistic and great read for early teens. More at