19th-century Lincolnshire: Thomas, who is dyslexic, has never met anyone remotely like Ling - wild, care-free, determined - and he falls in love.
Ling's horse, Belladonna, has been stolen and Ling fears she is in the hands of the painter Mr George Stubbs, known for flailing horses to learn about their anatomy.
When Thomas and Ling pay Stubbs a visit, they learn the true whereabouts of Belladonna, and Thomas is offered a job with Stubbs, who also teaches him to read and write.
Thomas and Ling devise a plan to steal back Belladonna, knowing, if caught, Ling could pay with her life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/06/2011
- Category: Historical
- ISBN: 9781406329100
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Review by RefPenny
Thomas Rose discovers Ling in a ditch and is instantly captivated by her stories of life with the circus and how she used to dance on the back of her horse Belladonna. Ling asks Thomas to help her find her missing horse and so Thomas’ life and future changes.This book is set in 1757 and gives a good picture of life in those times. Whilst it may initially appeal to horses lovers it is really more about Thomas than Belladonna. Suitable for teens who enjoy historical fiction.