A little white pony dreams of a sparkling gate in a cold, snowy place: a welcoming entrance to a pony heaven of sorts. The vision comforts him on what will be the harsh and cruel saga of his life on the pony team of Robert Falcon Scott’s mission to the South Pole from 1910 to 1912. Dubbed James Pigg by his kindly handlers, our pony narrates in sparkling prose this heartbreaking tale of toil, adventure, and herculean effort against all odds. Desperate to keep up with the faster, stronger ponies and prove himself against the snarling dogs, Jimmy Pigg battles for his survival every day. “I didn’t want him to see that I was hurt. An injured pony was a dead pony,” he muses when his human teammate Patrick tends to him. Young readers will question the ethics of the doomed journey, one that later generations would see was not planned carefully enough compared to Roald Amundsen’s successful mission. They’ll also need warning of the gruesome pony deaths. That said, Lawrence tells a most compelling tale. Grades 5-8. --Anne OMalley
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About the Author
IAIN LAWRENCE's previous novels include The Giant-Slayer, The Seance, Gemini Summer, B for Buster, Lord of the Nutcracker Men, Ghost Boy, The Lightkeeper's Daughter,
as well as the Curse of the Jolly Stone trilogy: The Convicts, The Cannibals,
and The Castaways
; and the High Seas trilogy: The Wreckers, The Smugglers,
and The Buccaneers
.From the Hardcover edition.