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The Racehorse who Learned to DanceThe Racehorse who Learned to Dance

by Clare Balding

2021 Shortlist

So far we have received 4 reviews of The Racehorse who Learned to Dance.

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Kacper from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:

Polly is recovering from a nasty riding accident that almost killed her. The robbers who took Noble Warrior drove too fast paster horse and it spooked. Polly nealy ended up in a wheelchair! Charlie cares a lot about her friend, she asks Noddy (Noble Warrior) to be gentle with Polly as she wants to help her ride again. Polly can't believe she is on a Derby winner! I'm really likeing this book so far, my favourite character is Percy the pony, because he is mischevouws.

Marks out of 10: 10

Olivia from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I am not a big fan of this book as I can’t sit there for a while and be into the book. I think it is quite good comedy wise but still not the best. I definitely think that you have to be into horses in order to enjoy this book. I am a person who thinks there is a fine line between fiction and reality and I think that this book has just stepped over that line. However I still like this book and definitely recommend it for horse lovers!

Marks out of 10: 6

Penny from Year 5, Rosedale Primary School:

The book was amazing! I loved it because it's very heart warming and it's about friendship like you said in the zoom call this morning.I like all the characters in this book.I like polly because she helped the netball team win. I like Charlie because she believed in polly and give her courage. I like noble warrior(noddy) because he did everything polly said which helped her a lot. Last but definitely not least,Percy is cute,funny and very hungry.Please write more books about that because I would read them all and one day they might become famous!

Marks out of 10: 10

Holly from Year 5, Rosedale Primary School:

There is a character in the book named Polly who really made me change my ways of thinking about the disabled or ‘diffabled’. Prolly had a nasty incident in the second book and her horse spooked. Polly nearly ends up in a wheelchair and struggles a lot. But the book pointed out you shouldn’t think of all the things they can’t do, you should think of ways they can do things. I really liked this book as it tells us to follow our dreams and never give up even if there are challenges.

Marks out of 10: 10