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The One Dollar Horse

ProducersThe One Dollar Horse
by Lauren St John


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So far we have received 40 reviews of The One Dollar Horse. You can read them below.

Elliemay from Year 8, The Laurel Academy, Mexborough:

This was the first of the twenty-six book i have read, the
cover was what interested me the most as the blurb. But as i
read the book, i found it quite laborious to read but most of
the book i found interesting. The other, keen aspect to the
book was the pink pages. They caught my attention, readings
this book made me want to read more....

Marks out of 10: 7

Maggie from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I loved every minute of this book. I have seen the second
book.! I wonder what happens next, just to put that out there!!
I recommend this book strongly!!

Marks out of 10: 10

chloe from Year 5, Thorne King Edward Primary School:

this book is amazing, i have read it once and loved it so i am
buying it so i can read it as many times as i want! i love
horses, beacause the are lovely animals and the books are even
better! i would love it more came out about horses because i
loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

teagen from Year 6, Thorne King Edward Primary School:

It sounds good and I'd really like to read it i love horses so
much I even have one called crystal and every time I look at
this horse it reminds me of crystal. I go to thorne king
Edward primary I really like the book and it sounds good that's
why I rated it ten out of ten

Marks out of 10: 10

Charlotte C. from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is about a girl who rescues a horse from the knackers
and they go on to enter horse races. My favourite character
was the horse, Storm Warning, because I liked the way the book
described the horse's feelings. I would recommend this book.

Marks out of 10: 7

Maggie from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is about freindship and adventure. It's about a girl
called Casey Blue who finds a dollar on her way home. She sees
a horse that is half wild and on its way to the knackers and
saves him with the dollar. They build up an un breakable
friendship.

I loved the characters of Storm and Casey, she is very
strong-willed and determined to win Badminton races. I didn't
like Anna Sparks who makes fun of Casey's horse and trainer
just because she's famous.

I would recommend it as it is a very touching book about
friendship and trust and has a bit of adventure. It's theme is
don't give up on your dreams.

Marks out of 10: 10

Shannon from Year 8, Ash Hill Academy:

This Is The Best Book That Anyone Could read, it is the most
fantastic book and just to say if you want to read this book!it
atracts my eyes because its front cover is bright, its blurb
makes you so eager to read it. thats how AMAZING the book is
if you are going to read it never put it down because if you do
it will always still be in your head, this is a fantastic book
and only for people that are in BIG love with Horses!

Marks out of 10: 8

Jessica-Lea from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

When I first picked up this book, I wasn't sure if it was going
to be as I expected it to be and I was right. But not in a bad
way. I found it really enjoyable. Will Casey Blue and her half
wild horse Storm Warning ever make it to the national 3 day
event, The Badminton Horse Trials. Read The One Dollar Horse to
find out :-)

Marks out of 10: 8

Catrina from Year 8, De Warenne Academy:

I loved it i would call it a favourite and would read it again
because it puts brilliant images in your mind. I would recomend
it to people who love and adore horses such as adults and
jockeys.

Marks out of 10: 9

teagen from Year 6:

this sounds like a fab book and i cannot wait to read it im a
mad horse lover and all my classmates know it i constantly talk
about horses in and out of school and i was disappointed when
my class couldn't order the book for school :( even though I'm
sad I'm still looking forward to ordering it myself i gave it a
10 out of 10 because i think it sounds interesting!


Teagen
King Edward Primary

Marks out of 10: 10

from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

I liked this book but I would recomend this book this book for
10 to 13 year olds it took me untill I got to chapter 2-3 befor
it got intresting and I wouldn't recomend it to ages 9 and
under
I give it a honest 4

Marks out of 10: 4

Nayah from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

i love this book it was fantastic highly recommened

Marks out of 10: 10

Elizabeth from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

This book is heart-warming, sweet and great for all ages above
8 years of age due to difficult vocabulary. The One Dollar
Horse made me want to cry with happiness. That book is so
sweet. I LOVE IT!

Marks out of 10: 10

Mia from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

I like this book but is not the type of thing that I would
normally read and I would say it is not for boys and is only
for people who love reading animal books I would recommend this
book for 10-16 year olds. This book took me a while to get into
it. It took me until about chapter 3-4 I that was only a little
bit and and then it got boring again for me so it is not
exactly the worst book that I have read but it is one of them.
It would be in my top 3 worst books that I have read but that
is my opinion but other people might not think that I give it a
3.

Marks out of 10: 3

Natalie from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book was good but I found it really hard to read. Some of
the wordsIi didnt understand, but I understood most of them.
Altogether it was a good book

Marks out of 10: 7

Ellie from Year 7, Rossington All Saints School:

This truely amazing book by Lauren St John is about a young
girl called Casey Blue. Casey has huge dreams about competing
in the Badminton Horse Trials, but training and working part
time at Hope Lane Riding Stables wasn't going to get her there.
Until she rescues Knackers' Yard horse Storm Warning. THIS
BOOK IS A MUST READ!

Marks out of 10: 8

elizabeth from Year 8, De Warenne Academy:

the one doller horse is a book for animal people and this book
is about a girl named casey and she wants to be a chamipion
rider but her boss sayes that she will never do it and needs to
get he riding instructer and her dad has lost his job and can
not aford a whole meal and misses out a lot of ingrediants i
can not say nomore but i give this book 10/10 because it blow
my mind away i love this book and i recomend this book to all
ages

Marks out of 10: 10

Megan from Year 6, St Peter's Catholic Primary School:

I loved this book because I loved the connection that storm and
kasey had. I also loved kaseys passion for jumping at badminton
horse trials and it goes to show that nothing is impossible and
it captures the fun and excitement of riding.😃

Marks out of 10: 10

Daisy from Year 8, Hall Cross Academy:

I loved this book, i was incredibly moved by the storyline. I,
myself really love horses but cannot go horse riding, therefore
i am always reading books about horses but this book is by far
the best one i have read.
Lauren St John is an incredible author and i cant wait for the
third book to come out!

Marks out of 10: 10

Jasmine from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I thought that this book was good and enjoyable. It is about a
girl who rescues a half-wild horse with a dollar. Casey loves
competing in the badminton horse trials and is determined to
win.
My favourite character was Casey because she volunteers at a
local riding school and loves horses.
I recommend this book to secondary school children and people
who love horses.

Marks out of 10: 7

trudi from Year 8, Hayfield School:

i loved this
it was ace!!!
:-)))))))

Marks out of 10: 10

Sophie from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I would reccomend this book to readers who like advevtures.
Personally I dont find this book my cup of tea but maybe you
would. This book is about a girl called Casey Blue who saves a
starving, illl horse who is about to get slaughtered. She
trains him, with her good friend Mrs Smith, and then finally
makes it to the Badminton horse trials. If you love horses read
this book. you may find this book hard to get into but then it
gets clearer. I found this book boring but you should at least
give it a try.

Marks out of 10: 4

Shabanna from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I found this book interesting in the first part but then I
could not get anymore ito it and I found it difficult. I advise
people who read this book that it is very hard. I enjoyed it at
first because it was interesting but it got harder and harder
and I predict that it was very hard at the end.

Marks out of 10: 4

Shana from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

I found this book okay and would reccommend it to someone who
likes horses but as I don't that much i didn't find it great
though it was the glowing pink pages that attracted me, but
don't let me put you off read it and see what you think!

Marks out of 10: 6

Grace from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

This book was a very good read. It captured the feeling of
wanting to acheive something very badly. But will Casey manage
to get Storm warning to the Badminton Horse Trials

Marks out of 10: 8

paige from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

this book is boring it has nothing that interests me but i
would recommend it to year 5/6

Marks out of 10: 1

Jack from Year 11, De Warenne Academy:

I couldnt get into it and find some parts boring.
However some parts like the relationship between father and
daughter.
I recomend to lovers of horses.

Marks out of 10: 6

Dionne from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

I'm only halfway through this book, but I am massively enjoying
it. The One Dollar Horse is an encapsulating book, focusing
around optimistic Casey Blue, who wants nothing more than to
achieve her dreams of working with horses and going to the
Badminton Horse Trials, and nothing can stand in her way. After
rescuing a badly-done to horse from being cruelly slaughtered,
will Casey be able to tame it and train it to reach her
ultimate goal? Full of adventure and struggle, highs and lows,
go through it all with Casey Blue.

Marks out of 10: 9

paige.m from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

this book was quite emotional but it was very dull and boring
but i dont want to put you of it but i would recommend it to
year 4/5

Marks out of 10: 2

Dionne from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

The One Dollar Horse is an encapsulating read.It follows the
story of an optimistic, ambitious teenage girl, Casey
Blue.After saving a rugged, skeletal horse from being cruelly
slaughtered, her whole world is turned upside down as she
transforms from a girl who had a rough upbringing in a grubby
part of London to a girl who chases her dreams to compete in
the Badminton Horse Trials, but will she make it or break it?
Through ups and downs, experience it all with Casey Blue.

Marks out of 10: 10

Megan from Year 6, St Peter's Catholic Primary School:

I have been riding horses all my life and I love how it
inspired me by showing me that if I work hard and practice
regularly I can achieve anything on the back of my horse. I
also love how it shows the true effort,worries,determination
and preparation of your first show jumping competition and I
love that Lauren didn't tell her readers that you can just buy
a horse and suddenly end up at one of the most famous horse
shows in the world,it shows the year of hard
training,preparation and effort that went into competing at
badminton horse trials. Highly recommend this
book😊😊. Even though it made me cry at the
start😭😭😭

Marks out of 10: 10

Tamsyn from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

The main things I like about this book is that it has a lot of
determination and also a brilliantly told story.
The thing I disliked about this book is that it took me quite a
long time to get interested in it, but apart from that it was a
brilliant book.
I think this book is suitable for people 10 years and over
because it has quite difficult vocabulary.

Marks out of 10: 9

Niamh from Year 8, Adwick Park Junior School:

I loved this book! It is really interesting and gripping. You
don't have to be a horse lover to read it and it really drags
you in with every word. It shows that you can't get anywhere
without working because Lauren St John wrote about all the
training of the horse with the main character casey. I loved
casey, storm and peter because they were so strong willed and
ready to stnad up for each other but I didn't like Anna Sparks
because she was so horrible to Casey and made fun of Storm.

Mcauley Catholic High School.

Marks out of 10: 10

Kalli from Year 8, De Warenne Academy:

One dollar horse is not a book for me bu i still read it all.

It's about a girl ,Casey, who wants to be a champion but her
boss says she will never do it and needs a training instructor.

I think this book is ok as its about freinship but i think its
a bit unrealistic her saving a horse with a dollar but im not
the writer. I would recomend this to people year 5 and above

Marks out of 10: 5

Elizabeth from Year 7, Hayfield School:

The One Dollar Horse is a quite boring book for me, and this
book was not exciting, page turning or mystery.I would
recommend this book to animal lovers or people who like a long
calm story then this is for you.

Marks out of 10: 4

Kiya from Year 8, Ash Hill Academy:

This book is very good but it is very emotional at times. It is
about a girl named casey blue whos dream is to win badminton
and her dreams are soon to come true when she finds a horse
from the knackers yard and the only money her dad has on him at
the time is a us dollar . She then takes her new horse to the
riding school where she voulanteers and she gives her horse a
name. Storm Warning. I recomened this book to all ages.

Marks out of 10: 10

Chloe from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book was a great book it pulled me in to begin with
because the cover was great and i would recommend this book.

Marks out of 10: 8

from Year 8, Ash Hill Academy:

I find this book quite boring actually, but for someone
intrested in these kind of topics it's quite enjoyable.

Marks out of 10: 10

Ellie from Year 5, Barnburgh Primary School:

I recieved this book, along with It's sequel, for Christmas,
expecting an okay novel but not much more. The introduction
seemed rather my daily fare; Casey, the daughter of an accused
burglar. But it soon becomes clear that that this book is so
much more than it suggests. The heart-melting story of a girl
and her equine companion will stay in my, and probably many
others', heart forever. Highly recommended for children between
8 and 12. I loved this book, and I hope you will too.

Marks out of 10: 9

Jasmine from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is about a girl who is in love with horses and one
day she saves one from being killed... to find out what haopens
you must read it. The book was touching and different. But its
also really good.

Marks out of 10: 9

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