new YA Fiction by Margaret Whittock
Teenager Maddy Malcolmson has one great passion in life … riding and jumping her grey cob, Liath. Until, that is, Orlando Lewis, son of famous actress, Amanda Jane Lewis, arrives at her school. Not only is Orlando stunningly good looking but he’s also a keen rider. What more, Maddy wonders, could one wish for? Orlando Lewis just has to become ‘The Boyfriend Of My Dreams’. Isn’t he, like, pulchritudinous beyond belief? Thanks to Mr Conn, her long-suffering English teacher, Maddy has this thing about words …
So how can Maddy attract Orlando’s attention, especially when her greatest rival, Clarissa Atkinson, is also out to grab him for herself? And, as Maddy soon discovers, Orlando’s fabulous horse, Bran, is to be stabled at Clarissa’s dad’s yard. Clarissa and Orlando will be bound to see each other every single day. There’s only one thing for it, Maddy reckons, fired with determination. She and Liath must perform so well in the jumping arena that Orlando can’t fail to notice her. Liath will have to be groomed to perfection and jump like the star Maddy knows he truly is.
As ever in life, things don’t go exactly to plan. Liath develops problems and it’s going to cost Maddy lots of money to sort them out. Money that neither she, nor her family, have. Suddenly, the likelihood of losing her beloved horse looms large. But, just as Maddy is feeling most downhearted along comes an unexpected invitation and Maddy and her family find themselves attending the party of the year, hosted by Amanda Jane Lewis. It’s at Amanda’s super cool party that life changes dramatically for Maddy, and here that she begins to realise who her best friends really are.
Set in the horsey world, and on the set of a famous TV series, Unintentional Dismount
is a Young Adult novel that explores life, love and friendship … not just
between teenagers, but also between them and their horses.
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