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  • Published: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760892760
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $21.00

Running with the Horses

young readers’ edition




From one of Australia’s best-loved children’s book creators comes a beautiful new edition of this unforgettable story of courage, adventure and friendship.

From one of Australia’s best-loved children’s book creators comes a beautiful new edition of this unforgettable story of courage, adventure and friendship.

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 a 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. It will require all of Nina’s bravery, daring and faith in an extraordinary old horse.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760892760
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $21.00

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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Praise for Running with the Horses

“This is a new edition of the picture book first released 10 years ago, now in a format that will attract newly independent readers to enjoy this story inspired by the rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during the Second World War . . . With all the original illustrations – the main characters being in black and white line drawings set against lavish colourful backgrounds – this is an intriguing read that justifies its re-release and promotion to a whole new generation.”

http://thebottomshelf.edublogs.org/2019/10/08/running-with-the-horses/

“Originally published ten years ago as a long picture book, this exciting historical story has now been transformed into a beautiful compact hardback suitable for junior readers . . . Interspersed with Lester’s absolutely magnificent illustrations (particularly those of horses), this is an elegant publication of a thrilling adventure story by one of Australia’s greatest children’s authors. It will be loved by readers aged 7+.”

Angela Crocombe, https://www.readings.com.au/review/running-with-the-horses-by-alison-lester


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


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