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By Denise Orenstein   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545925853 Hardcover
224 Pages | 5.77" x 8.53" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545925877 Ebook
224 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

A Horse in the House?

Things are hard for eleven-year-old Yonder. Her mother died and her father has sunk into sadness. She doesn't have a friend to her name . . . except for Dirt, the Shetland pony next door.

Dirt has problems of his own. He's overweight, he's always in trouble, and his owner is the mean Miss Enid, who doesn't have the patience for a pony's natural curiosity. His only friend is Yonder, the scrawny girl next door.

So when Miss Enid makes the cruel decision to sell Dirt for horsemeat, Yonder knows she has to find a way to rescue him. Even if that means stealing Dirt away and sneaking him into her own house. What follows will make you worry, will make you cry, and will ultimately fill you with hope, love, and an unshakable belief in the power of friendship. Especially the four-legged kind.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Dirt:

"Yonder doesn't speak but she has plenty to say; when a grumpy one-eyed pony listens to her, it gives her the courage to fight for them both. Realistic, difficult, and inspiring.”– Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Newbery Honor-winning author of The War that Saved My Life

"This book has a heart as big and brave as a Shetland pony." – Wendelin Van Draanen, Edgar-winning author of the Sammy Keyes mysteries

"Dirt is a beautifully written tale with heartfelt characters and a riveting story. Inspiring!" -- Phoebe Stone, author of Paris for Two

"This is an emotionally absorbing story with rich themes about redemption and friendship." -- School Library Journal