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Pit Pony

by Joyce Barkhouse, introduction by Zoe Lucas

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If Willie could have his dream, he would go to Sable Island and ride free over the sand dunes on the back of a wild horse. Instead, 11-year-old Willie must work in the coal mines of Cape Breton, hardly ever seeing the light of day. But with the help of Gem, the gentle pit pony, he discovers that things aren't always as bad as they seem. And a surprising event reveals that miracles can happen, even in a coal mine.

About the Authors

Joyce Barkhouse

JOYCE BARKHOUSE is the author of many short stories and books for children, including Anna's Pet (written with Margaret Atwood), which was made into a puppet play and toured internationally, and The Witch of Port Lajoie, which has been translated in four languages. She received the Order of Nova Scotia and was made a Member of the Order of Canada for her children's books and work in literacy.
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Zoe Lucas

ZOE LUCAS is one of the few permanent residents on Sable Island and is involved in research and environmental monitoring programs, including studying its wild horses and sea birds.
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Contributor Notes

Although former teacher JOYCE BARKHOUSE has been writing stories for many years, she was 61 when her first book was published. Since then, she has won many awards for excellence in writing, including the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada for her contributions to children's literature. Well known for her historical fiction, she achieved her greatest success with Pit Pony. ZOE LUCAS is one of the few permanent residents on Sable Island and is involved in research and environmental monitoring programs, including studying its wild horses and sea birds.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
4 to 8
Awards
  • Commended, One of the Year's Best for 2011 - Resource Links
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Finalist - Hackmatack Childrens Choice Book Award
Editorial Review

"...a vivid portrait of life in a Cape Breton company town at the turn of the century...This re-issue of a Canadian classic still has great appeal for the intended audience."

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Pit Pony

In his dreams Willie rides on the back of a wild horse over the sand dunes, but in reality he works in the coal mines of Cape Breton, hardly ever seeing the light of day. With the help of Gem, a gentle pit pony, he discovers that things aren’t always as bad as they seem and miracles are possible, even in a coal mine. Originally published in 1990 by Gage Educational Publishing (Our Choice 1990).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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