Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
The Pony Whisperer: The Word on the Yard by Janet Rising
Gr 4-8–After her parents divorce, British equestrian Pia and her pony, Drummer, have to move to a new stable. On her first day, she finds herself at odds with another boarder who wanted to move her horse to the stall that Pia is given. Later, she learns that Catriona has a big crush on James and hoped that having her horse next to his would increase her chances with him. While out riding, Pia finds an ancient statuette and discovers that she can understand everything the horses are saying. As she secretly tries to use this gift to help other riders with their animals, she gains a reputation as a "pony whisperer." This creates numerous complications in her life including offers to appear on TV. This combination of magic and a quick-moving, contemporary plot woven around horse and human conflicts and friendships is a light and enjoyable read for fans of this genre. The horses are particularly amusing as they reveal their complaints and requests to their owners through Pia.
This is suppose to be a sweet, cute book, but I was just thinking about Pia and how her father ran away with some other woman. That is so sad. Well, the rest of was really fun to read. I have not read any of the books in this series, so this is my first. I have a feeling I would enjoy the other ones as well. I would have to say, my favorite character was... surprise, suprise... Pia. She can totally talk to her horse Drummer. Pia goes through so much in this book and of course, there is a mean bratty girl and a cute boy to add to the storyline. If you are a lover of horses and good books, I suggest starting this series.