Snow Foal (Paperback)
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A beautiful and heart-wrenching middle grade debut, this title is a memorable story, full of love, healing, friendship, and hope.
When eleven-year-old Addie goes to stay with a foster family on a remote Exmoor farm in the midst of a very cold winter, she is full of hurt, anger and a deep mistrust of everyone around her. But when she rescues a tiny wild foal from the moorland snow, Addie discovers that perhaps she’s not so alone after all.
And as adventure and unexpected friendship blossom, Addie is determined that both of them will know what it is to be home again soon . . .
Author Susanne Bailey delivers a warm, evocative debut set in the natural world that’s sure to inspire readers who are eager for an adventure story about the healing bond between humans and their animal friends.
About the Author
Susanna Bailey divides her time between writing, freelance social-work, and lecturing in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where she also studied. S. F. Bailey wrote Snow Foal during her time at the same university where she drew much inspiration from her tutor, award-winning David Almond. Snow Foal has already been shortlisted for the Joan Aitken Future Classics Prize.
- Readers that have experienced prolonged separation from parents/guardians
- Middle grade readers that love horses and stories about them
- Families looking for a warm read to enjoy together
- Teachers, readers, and librarians drawn to beautiful, emotive prose
- Kids who have had to deal with trauma and are looking for inspiration
"Bailey's beautifully told story treads heavy subjects with care, and Addie brims with complicated emotions and an ever-expanding heart. . . . An eloquent examination of family in all forms."—Booklist
"Emphasizing parallels between Addie’s longing for home and the wild pony’s displacement, Bailey’s third-person narration follows a fiercely resolute heroine on a gradual arc of hard-won acceptance around the challenges of her mother’s recovery."—Publishers Weekly
"Susanna Bailey packs this novel full of sensory-filled passages. . . . Fans of horse stories will find satisfaction with this title."—School Library Connection
"Realistic and poignant."—Kirkus Reviews