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Meg and Merlin Making Friends

Written by Tanya Landman

Illustrated by Sonia Albert

Part of the Meg and Merlin Series

Key Stage 1 Animal Stories Family / Home Stories

LoveReading View on Meg and Merlin Making Friends

A gorgeous girl-meets-pony story that will go straight to the heart of young horse lovers

Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7

Tanya Landman’s new story is a dream-come-true adventure that will thrill young horse lovers. Meg lives for her weekly riding lessons and dreams of owning a pony, though she knows that her parents could never afford the cost. I was in exactly that situation as a child and there’ll be many thousands of young girls (and maybe some boys) who’ll identify with Meg too, all of them longing for a pony of their own, all aware it will never happen. Imagine the vicarious pleasure to be had in Meg’s story then for, on her tenth birthday, she wakes up to find a pony standing in her front garden. The two immediately form a bond, and even though Merlin turns out to have an owner, a kind of miracle happens that means Meg can ride him whenever she wants. Landman catches Meg’s emotions beautifully, from the passion of her daydreams to the joy of finding Merlin, and the crashing despair at the thought of having to say goodbye. She describes Merlin’s reactions to Meg perfectly too, making this a very special girl-meets-pony story. This is number one in a series and I for one can’t wait for the next.

Andrea Reece

More About This Book

4U2Read : Award-winning Barrington Stoke publishes top-quality short novels by the UK’s best writers, expertly edited and produced to ensure they are accessible to all – as a quick engaging win for confident readers and a satisfying achievement for those who have to work harder.

Meg and Merlin Making Friends Synopsis

Meg treasures every moment that she gets to spend riding, and she has always longed for a pony of her own. She knows Mum and Dad can't afford a pony - they can't even afford her weekly riding lessons any more. But on the morning of her tenth birthday, Meg looks out the window to an unbelievable sight ... a pony standing in the front garden. Have all of Meg's wishes come true?

Award-winning author Tanya Landman brings a fresh perspective to horse-riding stories with a heart-warming new series about friendship and dreaming big.

Meg and Merlin Making Friends Press Reviews

This book maybe short but the impact it has is astounding. It is perfect for all young horse-riding fanatics out there and this book will give budding young riders hope whilst providing a background rarely seen in horse-riding fiction  -- Emma Suffield, librarian

This lovely story is perfect for horse lovers and anyone who has a dream -- Scope for the Imagination, blog

An absolute delight from start to finish ... I can't wait for Meg and Merlin's next adventure  -- NetGalley reviewer

Book Information

ISBN: 9781800900851
Publication date: 6th January 2022
Author: Tanya Landman
Illustrator: Sonia Albert
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Animal Stories, Family / Home Stories

About Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith's Daughter and Hell and High Water, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. Tanya lives in Bideford, Devon, with her husband and their two sons. Read more about the author here.  

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