Saturday, March 15, 2014
Samphire Song, by Jill Hucklesby
It would be hard to find the justification for yet another horse book for girls as it's already a pretty crowded field. Unfortunately, this one doesn't break new ground. It has plenty of appealing elements and, if you like the genre, the authentic details, some adventure, a loving family, and a brave girl, then you can't really go wrong with it, but it doesn't stand out in any particularly unique way.
There is one super-distracting element of the book. Originally published in the UK, someone made the editorial decision to Americanize the story. This is a half-hearted affair where "Pounds" are changed to "Dollars" and "County" is (inconsistently) changed to "State." Even so, there are plenty of Anglicisms slipping in (for example, a "pub landlord") that seems sloppy. Honestly, it would have been better to leave it alone. Girls who love horses, also love horses in the UK just as much (if not more) than horses in the US.