Touch of Gold by Vivien Gorham
An award-winning novel for middle-graders who love horses, happily ever afters, and young love.
When thirteen-year-old Jamie Francis’s parents divorce, she and her mother move to a small town in Nova Scotia. Jamie doesn’t have any friends, and isn’t sure how she’ll ever make any, when she comes across a neglected-looking horse in a field — a golden palomino she names Peach.
Soon, Jamie learns that Peach is being sold to a notorious horse trainer, Valerie Scott, at nearby Tamarack Stables. Jamie offers to pitch in, mucking out stalls and doing chores around the barn, and becomes enchanted with the world of competitive horseback riding. She even makes a few friends, including Val’s cute red-headed son, Nick, and Naomi, a popular girl from school. But she still isn’t sure if she fits in. If only she could ride Peach herself …
Touch of Gold won the 2017 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award and was featured in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2016. See also Spirit of Summerwood by Vivien Gorham.
Author Vivien Gorham has been writing stories and riding horses since she was eight years old. Raised in Minnesota, she has worked in the Northwest Territories, Alaska’s Denali National Park, and on a dude ranch in Montana. She now lives in Dartmouth, NS, with her family, two fluffy cats, and a dog called Niska. Her favourite horse book is The Horsemasters (1957).
Author: Vivien Gorham
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Format: Paperback 7.75 x 5.25"