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Finding Freckles: Diary of My Best Friend: Horsing Around, Book One is a children’s adventure novel written by Molly Lawson. Emma Williams lived with her mom in Nigel, a small town in South Africa. While her mom was looking forward to Emma attending university when she finished school, Emma already knew what she wanted for her future -- she wanted to be a professional showjumper. Her mother thought she should be more realistic as they couldn’t afford to even get her a horse. Her hard work in school would get her a place in university, but Emma held on fast to her dreams. When Miss Fraser, her English teacher, gave the class a writing assignment, Emma decided to write about her dream. Emma’s dream horse would be a male, a grey gelding, she had already decided. Then one day, while on a ride with her friends, they found a horse, and it was a grey gelding. He had been hobbled, was unable to move freely, and he was frightened. Somehow, they managed to get him to follow their horses home. Emma was already falling in love with the grey horse and had named him Freckles.
Molly Lawson’s Finding Freckles is a horse story with heart and soul. I loved every minute I spent reading Emma’s journal and celebrated every milestone in her work with Freckles. Lawson makes Emma’s life and experiences in South Africa feel real, and her descriptions of the training done with Freckles, Charm, and the other horses had me engaged and involved with the story. Lawson peoples her story with characters you’d want to know in real life, and her plot kept me wondering if Emma would get to keep her dream horse and how it would actually happen. And, all along, I could imagine myself out there in the dusty farmland, riding horses with Emma, Christine, and their other friends. What an astonishingly good read! Finding Freckles: Diary of My Best Friend: Horsing Around, Book One is most highly recommended.