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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0735840024
ISBN-13: 9780735840027
Sku: 216797259
Publish Date: 2/1/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 12H x 9L x 0.5T
Pages:  32
Age Range:  9 to 13
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Nina and her father live in a beautiful riding school famous for their Lippizaners--precious, rare performing horses.  Nina loves the horses that her father looks after, but she also loves Zelda, one of the old carriage horses who she sneaks out to see.  It''s a perfect world for a little girl, although she has to compete with her father''s work for his attention.  But a war is coming, one that will threaten their lives and the very existence of the school. 

When the city is under attack, Nina and Father are in charge of fleeing with the horses to a safe place across the border, but can they pass enemy soldiers, bombed out bridges and the fearsome cold of the Alps to get there?  And can Nina save her beloved Zelda, too?

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Nina loves living above the Royal Academy of Dancing Horses, where her father is the stable master. When war comes to their city (most likely Vienna), the family is forced to escape on horseback. A harrowing mountain journey follows, where adventure and the realities of war create a trying, life changing experience. With gorgeous illustrations involving drawings that hint at Edward Gorey layered over photographs, this story was inspired by an actual historical event during WWII.
Author Bio
Alison Lester
Author and illustrator Alison Lester began her career in children's literature as an illustrator of books by other authors--a career she found less and less fulfilling as she began writing her own stories. She achieved great success with the publication of her first self-written and illustrated picture book, CLIVE EATS ALLIGATORS which was published in 1985. Lester has said that her 1994 picture book MY FARM, which tells the story of a year in the life of an Australian farm, was inspired by her own childhood on a beef farm in Southern Victoria.

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"The illustrations, predominately black-and-white drawings layered between photographic and colored-pencil back- and foregrounds, make the historical contemporary; they ground the characters without tying them to a specific time....Very well done indeed." (starred review) 01/01/2011
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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   05
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0032
Product attributePublisher:   NorthSouth (NY)
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