The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green
Kids Can Press, 2005
Kim sees a beautiful black horse from her
school bus window on the very day Gramma-Lou is coming to live with
Kimís family. Gramma-Lou is Kimís best friend, sharing her passion
for horses and loving her just as she is, overwhelming shyness and
all. Everything is going to be perfect when Gramma-Lou comes to
Kim looks for the horse, it seems to have vanished. Was it a ghost?
Thereís talk of ghosts around Meadow Green ó kids at school claim
Kimís house is haunted by someone named Crackers and that something
awful happened there. Kimís parents say itís nonsense, but when
Gramma-Lou finally arrives, Kimís perfect plans are shattered and
dark secrets come to light in Meadow Green.
The 'seed' of the story: This whole novel started with one
conversation. A horse-loving friend, Kim, who lived in Meadow
Green (she's short and cute, but not so young as the Kim in
the book) told me about a black horse she saw in a field near
her home. She went and asked the neighbour if she could pat
it and the neighbour asked, "What horse?" "The black horse,"
said Kim. "But the black horse," the neighbour said, "died twenty
years ago." Now Kim knows the difference between a horse and
a cow or deer or moose, and she knows she saw a horse. She never
saw it again. And I never got the idea out of my head. So a
year later I started to write a story which grew and grew and
included my own lifelong passion for horses, my shyness as a
kid and my mother's Alzheimer's.
for the 2006 Snow Willow Award
Top Ten Books for Oct-Nov 2005
The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green has been published in English, Finnish,
German, Norweigan and Swedish.