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  • Published: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760147297
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

Running with the Horses

young readers’ edition




From one of Australia’s most-loved children’s book creators comes a beautifully illustrated hardback chapter-book edition of this unforgettable story of courage, adventure and friendship treasured by young readers everywhere.

Nina lives with her father above the palace stables at the Royal Academy of Dancing Horses. She loves watching the famous white stallions as they parade for the crowds, but her favourite horse is an ordinary mare called Zelda – an old cab horse Nina often pats on her way home from school.

When Nina’s world changes dramatically, she and her father have to flee from the city. Their journey over the mountains with Zelda and the stallions seems impossible, with danger at every turn . . . From one of Australia’s most-loved children’s book creators comes this classic story of adventure that will be treasured by young readers everywhere. Now published as a beautifully presented full colour hardback chapter book with illustrations throughout for young readers, celebrating the story’s tenth anniversary.

  • Published: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760147297
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

About the author

Alison Lester

Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular and bestselling creators of children's books. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.

In a career spanning decades, Alison Lester has written many books, and won numerous prestigious awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award for her much-loved classic Are We There Yet? and the CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for One Small Island. Her picture books include Kissed by the Moon, Running with the Horses, Sophie Scott Goes South and My Dog Bigsy – to name just a few. Alison Lester became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate in 2012, a position shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, Alison was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book writer to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life.

Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside. She spends part of each year travelling to schools around Australia, helping students and teachers develop their own stories.

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Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Honour Award  •  2010  •  Younger Readers

American Booksellers Book of the Year

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Best Designed Picture Book

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Book of the Year for Younger Children

Prime Minister's Literary Award

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Children's Fiction

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

Shortlisted  •  2010  •  Lower Primary

Melbourne Prize for Literature

Winner  •  2018  •  Alison Lester

Longlisted  •  2020  •  Best Designed Children's Fiction Book

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