Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry -- Paul and Maureen Beebe live with their grandparents, who gentle wild Chincoteague ponies for a living, but training up ponies for sale is not the same as having one of your very own. The brother and sister have their hearts set on buying a pony on the next pony-penning day -- and not just any pony, but the Phantom, who has resisted capture for two years running. This year, the Phantom is captured for a surprising reason: she has a foal. Will Paul and Maureen have enough money to buy both?
Confession: I never read this book
as a child, though I was recommended it more than once. I had a
childish aversion to it, and I was not pony crazy. So now, as an adult, I
decided to read it and see what I missed. It's a nice enough story,
with some action and suspense. The characters are fairly static, and the
dialogue comes across as a bit old-fashioned, but I can see how the
book would appeal to its target demographic. I'll definitely recommend
it to horse lovers, but it's not going to become a favorite of mine.
(Reviewed from my personally purchased copy.)