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  • Keepsake

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    A fast-paced adventure story full of heart, courage – and horses.
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    'She would go back across the fields, her secret held close to her heart. Today, on Monday the seventeenth of May, he had introduced himself to her.'

    Two Irish Traveller children are in a race against time to save their horse.

     

    Ella and Johnny are distraught when Johnny's horse Storm disappears from his field. Johnny knows that he has been taken by 'the pound man'. This is plain stealing.

    Ella, Johnny and Ella's granny aren't going to let Storm go that easily. They round up the evidence and set off to the pound, where they confront the officials with proof that Storm is a well-cared-for animal who was snatched from a field.

    But it isn't so easy and Johnny and Ella will have to find another, daring plan to rescue Storm.

    A page-turner adventure tale of Irish Traveller children and their fight to keep their horse.

    'Leyden’s fast-paced tale provides a snapshot of modern Ireland and the power of intergenerational relationships … Tackling prejudice and intolerance in an enlightening way.' –  Inis Magazine Reading Guide

    'Leyden captures Ella’s emotional life with great conviction as she struggles to deal with her fraught family life… The prejudice that drives the plot is subtly introduced and resolved with great compassion.' – The Irish Times

    'Beautifully written, it demonstrates real passion and offers an adventure with much heart and courage. This is a classic ‘horse story’ with many contemporary elements and an inter-generational view … A carefully crafted, deliberate plot line never loses its rhythm and carries the reader on a fast-paced journey with exactly the right amount of drama and tension leading to an exciting, bold conclusion. Keepsake offers much, and it does not disappoint! A wonderful wonderful read for everyone.' – Mary Esther Judy, Fallen Star Stories

    Paula Leyden won the Éilís Dillon award for her first children’s novel The Butterfly Heart, which is set in Zambia; its sequel, The Sleeping Baobab Tree, won the Children’s Books Ireland special judges’ award. She lived in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa before moving to Kilkenny, where she now works extensively with the Travelling community and horses.

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    'She would go back across the fields, her secret held close to her heart. Today, on Monday the seventeenth of May, he had introduced himself to her.'

    Two Irish Traveller children are in a race against time to save their horse.

     

    Ella and Johnny are distraught when Johnny's horse Storm disappears from his field. Johnny knows that he has been taken by 'the pound man'. This is plain stealing.

    Ella, Johnny and Ella's granny aren't going to let Storm go that easily. They round up the evidence and set off to the pound, where they confront the officials with proof that Storm is a well-cared-for animal who was snatched from a field.

    But it isn't so easy and Johnny and Ella will have to find another, daring plan to rescue Storm.

    A page-turner adventure tale of Irish Traveller children and their fight to keep their horse.

    Praise

    'Leyden’s fast-paced tale provides a snapshot of modern Ireland and the power of intergenerational relationships … Tackling prejudice and intolerance in an enlightening way.' –  Inis Magazine Reading Guide

    'Leyden captures Ella’s emotional life with great conviction as she struggles to deal with her fraught family life… The prejudice that drives the plot is subtly introduced and resolved with great compassion.' – The Irish Times

    'Beautifully written, it demonstrates real passion and offers an adventure with much heart and courage. This is a classic ‘horse story’ with many contemporary elements and an inter-generational view … A carefully crafted, deliberate plot line never loses its rhythm and carries the reader on a fast-paced journey with exactly the right amount of drama and tension leading to an exciting, bold conclusion. Keepsake offers much, and it does not disappoint! A wonderful wonderful read for everyone.' – Mary Esther Judy, Fallen Star Stories

    About the Author

    Paula Leyden won the Éilís Dillon award for her first children’s novel The Butterfly Heart, which is set in Zambia; its sequel, The Sleeping Baobab Tree, won the Children’s Books Ireland special judges’ award. She lived in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa before moving to Kilkenny, where she now works extensively with the Travelling community and horses.

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