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In a cheering and relatable story of adversity overcome, an outcast teen coaxes a defiant Thoroughbred back into the thrill of competition.Alone in the world, Jay Barton is a teenage misfit with...
In a cheering and relatable story of adversity overcome, an outcast teen coaxes a defiant Thoroughbred back into the thrill of competition.Alone in the world, Jay Barton is a teenage misfit with...
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  • In a cheering and relatable story of adversity overcome, an outcast teen coaxes a defiant Thoroughbred back into the thrill of competition.

    Alone in the world, Jay Barton is a teenage misfit with nothing much going for her besides an extraordinary talent for understanding racehorses and riding them like a pro. When, in a desperate attempt to escape her shifty, opportunistic uncle, she leaves home to work in a racing stable, Jay forms a bond with a beautiful gray mare named Manhattan — brilliant, misunderstood, dangerous, and heading for racing's scrap heap. Recognizing a fellow misfit, Jay fights to give Manhattan one last opportunity to show that she's the champion she was born to be. Together they face a world of prejudice and cruelty, fighting back the only way they know how — by becoming the best.

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  • One of the key moments in my life as a writer was when I sat down for the first time to write for young readers. I had been a professional author for about three years, and was a parent of two small children. When I started to write to write a children's story—it was called Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble — I quickly discovered that I was having more fun writing than I had ever had before. It was as if I was reaching an entirely new part of myself. I think maybe that those who write for children tend to be more connected to their own childhood—perhaps there is something unresolved in their own childhood selves—than those who write for adults.

    These days, I write for young readers and also for adults—four novels, a biography, and newspaper columns. Hearing from readers of my children's books from all around the world continues to be extraordinary thrill for me. Occasionally, even now, I have to remind myself how lucky I am to earn my living by telling stories. When I was a child, at a rather miserable boarding school, the idea would have seemed like the strangest of fairy tales. Perhaps that is why I only plucked up the courage to be a full-time writer when I was in my thirties.

    Today I'm still writing every day at my home in Norfolk, England, where I live with my partner, Angela, our dog, Ruby, and some hens— with visits, of course, from the occasional passing rat.


    If you are a writer, all the important bits of your life—beliefs, enthusiasms, loves, hates—will eventually spill into your work. If it matters, it will be there. I have always loved animals, both wild and domestic, and rats in particular have fascinated me since I was a child. As scientists are now beginning to discover, rats have powers of communication and empathy which we are only just beginning to understand. Some of their secret talents, invented for The Twyning, have been proved since I finished the book to be real.
    Yet for centuries mankind has feared and reviled them more than any other animal.
    For many years, I longed to use rats—such wonderful animals, so misunderstood by humans—in a story about good and evil, cruelty and love. That story is The Twyning.

    Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:
    1. My brother, Philip, and I were described by the headmaster at a school Assembly as "the two most disobedient boys in the school." What had we done wrong? It was something about climbing a tree.When I was small, I dreamed of being a jockey.
    2. When I grew up, I rode in steeplechases as an amateur jockey. Philip became a professional.
    3. I play the guitar, write songs, and perform at music festivals. There is a song inspired by The Twyning.

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  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2018
    A troubled British teen bonds with a troubled racehorse.Jay Barton, almost 16, has been living with her wheeler-dealer uncle since her mother died when Jay was 8. She has never known her father. Her uncle lives in the country, with ponies Jay loves to ride and a daughter Jay is close to, but in his house, Jay is Cinderella before the ball--a charity case, an outsider. Worse, Jay's skill riding racing ponies causes her uncle to drag her into a seamy underworld, where her refusal to lose a race she could win puts her in danger. At a low-level racing stable in Newmarket, she develops a relationship with a well-bred but difficult mare named Manhattan. Eventually--of course, readers know this already--she and Manhattan rise to greatness, although escaping her uncle may not go so smoothly. The story is told through Jay's first-person narration. Her stubborn persistence and the realistic details of life in a racing barn take this a notch above most horse books. Still, a string of coincidences and a few hokey plot elements--Jay's search for her father and the benevolent Saudi prince who becomes Jay's patron chief among them--bring the ending down. The book adheres to the white default.Starts well out of the gate and has some staying power--but fades a bit over the final furlong. (Fiction. 12-16)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    April 1, 2018
    Grades 7-10 Strong-minded 16-year-old Jay Barton struggles daily to deal with the harsh circumstances of her life: being left alone at an early age, living with family who don't accept her, and not being taken seriously. Her only consolation is riding horses, something at which she proves to be proficient. Jay finds a summer job at a racing stable, where she discovers Manhattan, a horse much like Jay in that no one wants her. Jay, however, sees Manhattan's potential and fights to save her. Blacker succeeds at creating a fun, intriguing story of a girl fighting the odds stacked against her. Reminiscent of Enid Bagnold's National Velvet, Blacker's novel features a young girl determined to race horses, win, and save a horse's life. Bold Jay will be a favorite with readers, who are sure to cheer her on. Details of horses and racing abound in Blacker's novel, which will help readers visualize themselves on the racetrack with Jay. This fresh read is exciting, distinctive, and will entice many young readers.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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