Saturday, April 13, 2013

Book: Samphire Song by Jill Hucklesby

Samphire Song by Jill Hucklesby. Egmont Books; 2011. 296 pages.

14-year-old Jodie Palmer is working at Whitehawk Farm Stables as a volunteer in return for free riding and lessons. Jodie and her family have been going through a difficult time; first her Royal Airforce Pilot father's death and the fact that her 11-year-old brother has kidney disease. Her mother has been worried about finances and when she lands a job that will bring additional money, the siblings are told they will get their promised presents. For Jodie that is a horse of her own; her brother Ed just wants a radio controlled airplane.
When it comes time to pick out her horse, Jodie's mother takes her to the horse auction, their intentions to purchase a docile mare. Fate steps in when a gray stallion makes a fuss at being unloaded off of a horse trailer; Jodie knows that Samphire as he is called is the horse for her. Despite her mother's reluctance to buy a stallion with an untamed spirit, Jodie gets her horse.
Through hard work and patience, Jodie works with Samphire to get used to his new home and over some of his skittishness. Samphire and Jodie form a close bond, but when Ed's illness takes a turn for the worse, Jodie makes the decision to sell Samphire to help her mother with the finances. Jodie makes Samphire a promise to get him back as soon as she is able to earn enough money, but will finding him again be easy?
The book is very descriptive and is narrated by Jodie in a way that really allows the reader to connect to her rollercoaster of emotions. The author does a wonderful job of showing the relationship between a girl and her horse as well as the hurdles that both must overcome in order to get past their emotional history. The book is easy to read and will keep readers eager to find out if all of Jodie's hard work has paid off and if horse and rider will be reunited.