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Shelley Peterson

Shelley Peterson (1952 - ) was trained as an actress. She has over 100 acting credits, and starred in Canadian sitcom Not My Department. She began writing for her daughter, who had gone in one year from being one of the popular crowd to being anything but. Her daughter encouraged her to finish the book, Dancer, but it was her mother who made sure it didn’t stay hidden in her desk drawer.


Her books explore situations where uncool heroines; very far away from being in the popular crowd at school, explore growing up. In an often hurtful world, they find sanctuary, and gain confidence, through horses.


Finding the books: all are in print.


Links and sources

Shelley Peterson’s website

Shelley Peterson on IMdb



Abby

Dancer

Abby Malone

Stagestruck


Bird

Sundancer

Mystery at Saddle Creek

Dark Days at Saddle Creek


Dancer

Porcupine’s Quill, Ontario, 1996, 196 pp.



Hilary is sixteen when, with Dancer, the horse she has rehabilitated, she wins a trophy jumping at
the Royal Winter Fair. Her prize is an invitation to perform in England before the Queen, but all this
is complicated by the unwelcome attentions of Samuel Owens, who wants Dancer for his niece, and
will stop at nothing to win.


Bibliography - horse books only

Abby Malone

Porcupine’s Quill, Ontario, 1999, 268 pp, illus Marybeth Drake



Nothing is going right for Abby. Her father’s in prison, her mother drinks, and they have no money.
Her dreams of riding are as distant as the moon. However, an elderly couple who live near Abby
take an interest in her, and help her as she plans to clear her father’s name, and win a steeplechase.

Stagestruck

Key Porter Books Ltd, Ontario, 2002, 262 pp, illus Marybeth Drake

Key Porter Books, Ltd, Ontario, 2010, revised edition


Abby is out for a ride on her favourite horse when they take refuge in a barn from
a storm. Inside Abby discovers the barn is in fact a deserted theatre. Life is full for
Abby; not only is there the mystery of the theatre to unravel, she has to train Hilary’s
show jumper, Dancer, and over everything, there is the malice of Samuel Owens.


Sundancer

Key Porter Books Ltd, Ontario, 2006, 312 pp, illus Marybeth Drake

Dancing Cat Books, reprint (date uncertain)


Sundancer is suspicious, and not far off dangerous. He suits Bird however, a girl
who’s not spoken since she was six, and who is being brought up by her aunt, not
her mother. Bird’s not good with people, but she is with animals, so why can’t she
get through to Sundancer?



Dark Days at Saddle Creek

Dancing Cat Books, 2012



Bird is helping expose the nasty underbelly of the showing world, as she plans to ride Sunny
in the Caledon Derby. Soon she is having to deal with her demanding mother, rescue horses,
and carry on in her search for information about her father.


Mystery at Saddle Creek

Key Porter Books Ltd, Ontario, 2010, 308 pp, illus Marybeth Drake



Bird is staying with her Aunt Hannah at Saddle Creek, but she doesn’t get the peaceful time with
Sunny that she was hoping for. A woman is brutally attacked near Saddle Creek. No one knows
who does it, but everyone has plenty of theories - theories they’re not shy of sharing. As the
neighbourhood lurches into vigilantism, Bird struggles to get to the bottom of the mystery.