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Karin AnckarsvÄrd

Rider by Night

Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York, 1960, trans Annabelle MacMillan, 192 pp.

Scholastic, New York, pb, 1971, illus Charles W Walker, 192 pp.

Jenny is lucky. Her uncle has offered her a horse for her very own from his stud. And Jenny decides
on Rascal, the bay Thoroughbred mare-cross mare with the wide eyes and lovely conformation.
She is the only teenager at her local riding school to have a horse of her own, and when it soon
becomes clear that Rascal is probably one of the if not THE best horse in the stable, Jenny has to
contend with jealousy as well as her enjoyment of having and riding Rascal. However, it isn’t until
Rascal starts showing some peculiar habits that Jenny realises that not all is as it should be. In one
final night matters come to a head and her questions are all answered – but not necessarily in the
way she thought they would be.

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