Early Praise for Dirt
“Yonder is an engaging protagonist whose intimate, frequently poetic first-person narrative captures her unspoken sorrow and dilemmas.... Her issues are sympathetically drawn in an often eloquent, affecting portrayal of loss, friendship and healing.”
“Orenstein writes with a lively voice and she paints a colorful picture of Yonder’s small Vermont town; Dirt is also an entertainingly mischievous and voracious pal.... A troublemaking and understanding pony is an appealing hook…and would-be pony saviors will likely cheer Yonder’s mission.”
–Bulletin of the Center for Childrens’ Books
“This is an emotionally absorbing story with rich themes about redemption and friendship.”
–School Library Journal
“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 The Boy on Cinnamon Street
A Horse in the House?
Things are hard for eleven-year-old Yonder, who hasn’t spoken since her mother died. Yonder doesn’t have a friend to her name… except for Dirt, the Shetland pony next door.
Dirt has problems of his own. He’s always in trouble, and his owner is the cruel 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 decides to see Dirt for horse-meat, 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.