Australian Pub.: January 2011
Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
Imprint: A & U CHILDREN
Subject: Children's fiction
Suitable for ages: 11-14
The first in a warm-hearted and adventurous trilogy about friendship, courage, a spirited girl and the love of horses. Jess is determined to rescue the filly of her dreams
from a cruel owner, and in doing so restores a broken friendship.
A man Jess had never seen before stood holding the flyscreen door open.
'Do you own an Appaloosa pony?' he asked.
'It's stuck in the cattle grid down near the old drovers' yards.'
Jess's blood ran cold.
At the start of the summer holidays, the unthinkable happens when Jess's beloved pony Diamond has a terrible accident. Why won't Shara, Jess's closest friend, tell her what happened down on the river flats that day? Jess suspects the worst, and feels as though she's lost not just one best friend, but two.
But new friends and new horses come into Jess's life, along with the chance to compete in the Longwood campdraft. And there's one little filly who needs her help... Can Walkabout heal Jess's broken heart in return?
About Karen Wood
Karen Wood has been involved with horses for most of her life. Her once-in-a-lifetime-horse is a little chestnut fellow called Reo. Karen has an Arts degree majoring in communications and a diploma in horticulture. She has syndicated a gardening column in several newspapers throughout Australia, published feature articles in various magazines, and published photographs in bushwalking guides. She is married with two children and lives on the Central Coast, New South Wales.
Diamond Spirit is the first book in a new series by Australian author Karen Wood. YA readers who liked the series Saddle Club would find this book particularly interesting as it reminded me of the same sort of theme and characters. There was the same sort of drama that seemed to always happen to the girls of the pony club.
Set in the Australian outback, Diamond Spirit is about two young girls, Jess and Shara who are best mates and spend most of their afternoons and weekends horse riding. The story starts off with a the back story of the girl’s friendship and slowly flows into the theme of loss and broken friendship over an accident involving Jess’ beloved pony Diamond.
This book was a nice break from the flood of paranormal romance that is dominating the YA market at the moment.