THE BLUE HORSE

Written by
Marita Conlon-McKenna
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Illustrated by
Donald Teskey
The Blue Horse

Katie's whole world is turned upside down when her family's home is destroyed by fire. Everything they had is gone, and instead of pulling together it seems as though her family is falling apart.

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Bisto Book of the Year Award - Overall Winner (1993) - 1993

Winner

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Paperback:
176 pages
Size:
196x130 mm
ISBN:
9780862783051

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ISBN:
9781847174680

A remarkable story of growing up in extraordinary circumstances that will touch the hearts of all readers.

Katie's whole world is turned upside down when her family's home is destroyed by fire.

Everything they had is gone, and instead of pulling together it seems as though her family is falling apart. They move to a new house, to a school where nobody wants to know her, and Katie wonders just how many changes she can take. In her fight for acceptance and to keep the family together, she learns a lot about herself.

Born in Dublin in 1956 and brought up in Goatstown, Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, later working in the family business, the bank, and a travel agency. She has four children with her husband James, and they live in the Stillorgan area of Dublin.

Marita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject. When she heard a radio report of an unmarked children's grave from the Famine period being found under a hawthorn tree, she decided to write her first book, Under the Hawthorn Tree.

Published in May 1990, the book was an immediate success and become a classic. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, including Arabic, Bahasa, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Irish. The book has been read on RTÉ Radio and is very popular in schools, both with teachers and pupils. It has been made a supplementary curriculum reader in many schools and is also used by schools in Northern Ireland for EMU (Education through Mutual Understanding) projects. It was also filmed by Young Irish Film Makers, in association with RTÉ and Channel 4. This is available as a DVD.

Marita has written more books for children which were also very well received. The Blue Horse reached No. 1 on the Bestseller List and won the BISTO BOOK OF THE YEAR Award. No Goodbye, which tells of the heartbreak of a young family when their mother leaves home, was recommended by Book Trust in their guide for One Parent Families. Safe Harbour is the story of two English children evacuated from London during World War ll to live with their grandfather in Greystones, Co Wicklow and was shortlisted for the BISTO Book of the Year Award. A Girl Called Blue follows the life of an orphan, trying to find who she really is in a cold and strict orphanage. Marita has also explored the world of fantasy with her book In Deep Dark Wood.

Marita has won several awards, including the International Reading Association Award, the Osterreichischer Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, the Reading Association of Ireland Award and the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

'A children's writer of world stature'

Dr Pat Donlon

 

Reader Reviews


I thought this book was brilliant and would love if a sequel would come out. It showed how hard living a life on the road can be and how people can be so rude to members of the travelling community even though they don't know them. I think Marita Conlon-Mckenna is a brilliant writer. I've read almost all of her books and I think they are all brilliant.

Amy on 15th August 2011

I love this book. The minute I started reading it, I got into it. It has a great storyline and seems to never stop. I would read this book a million times if I could. I love every one of Marita Conlon-McKenna's books!

Nicole Cunningham on 26th May 2011

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World, all languages

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German,
Serbian

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