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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Megan Shepherd Levi Pinfold


Walker Books

Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


240 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Emmaline has been sent to Briar Hill because she is sick. It is the middle of WWII and she misses her family terribly, but one thing gives her strength. A secret thing: Emmaline can see winged horses moving through the reflections within the house. When she receives a message that they are in peril from a wild Black Horse, she sets about finding the pieces of the charm that will save the beautiful creatures from destruction, although it will be at great cost to herself. A beautiful and very moving story of courage and tragedy, enhanced by the detailed and expressive black and white pencil illustrations of Levi Pinfold. Ages 9-13 Lindy Jones


An exceptional and moving novel about the power of stories and the imagination from the publisher of A Monster Calls. December 1941. Britain is at war. Emmaline has been evacuated away from the bombs to Briar Hill Hospital in Shropshire. When she gets there she discovers a secret. It's not to be shared, not to be told to anyone, even her friend Anna. But she'll tell you. This is Emmaline's secret. There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill. Exquisitely illustrated by Levi Pinfold, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill has all the makings of a modern classic.

By:   Megan Shepherd
Illustrated by:   Levi Pinfold
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 170mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   675g
ISBN:   9781406367584
ISBN 10:   1406367583
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   October 2016
Recommended Age:   From 8
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Megan Shepherd is the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy and The Cage. When she is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops or gardening at her farm in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Here's writing and illustration in perfect partnership, making a remarkable book. Astonishing! Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse A book about finding hope and beauty in the darkest of places, with exquisite, powerful illustrations from Pinfold. The Bookseller

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