By: Bruce Pascoe
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Magabala Books
Published: 01 Jun 2016
ISBN: 9781925360240


Marnie Clark of Curdie Vale can ride but she doesn’t have a horse. She dreams of owning one and having the whole world to ride it in. Before too long Marnie is gifted Mrs Margaret Maggie Whitlam, a beautiful, big Clydesdale bold, fearless and able to jump anything. From the very first ride, Marnie and Maggie get more adventure than they bargained for.

Soon Marnie is learning to negotiate newfound friendships, pony club and how to stand up for what she believes in. Will her friendship with George Costa, another outsider, make being accepted harder? Or will being true to yourself be the hardest decision Marnie makes?


This is a truly beautiful story about a girl, a horse, and the chance to do what you love.

Marnie is gifted a gorgeous horse called Mrs Whitlam, complete with all of her gear, as Mrs Whitlam’s owner has died and there is no one to care for her and ride her.

Marnie and Mrs Whitlam face many challenges as they try to fit in at pony club and with the other kids in town. But when they save a young child from drowning, Marnie knows she has found the perfect horse for her.

Wonderfully written, the themes of friendship, fitting in, and being true to yourself will make this book a favourite for your girls in Year 5 & 6, particularly those that love horses.

Reviewed by Michelle