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ALISON LESTER: AUSTRALIA'S CHILDREN'S LAUREATE 2012-13Only Dusty can ride the wild Sw Pony.And one but Dusty will trust her.Three years of drought have reduced the Riley's farm to a dirt patch and strained the family to breaking point. A trip to the mountains to muster their cattle promises a fresh start, but sudden violence erupts into the peaceful landscape.Now Dusty and her beautiful brumby are tested as never before.From the author of the remarkable bestseller The Quicksand Pony'Lester tells a gripping yarn, brimming with classic pictures.Dusty emerges as a true mountain girl with a new friend who can match her in courage.'Stella Lees, Australian Book Review
Alison Lester is the well-known creator of many popular and award-winning children's books, many of which reflect her own country childhood.The Snow Pony was shortlisted for both YABBA and KOALA awards, reflecting its popularity with young readers of horse stories. The Quicksand Pony was shortlisted for the National Children's Award, Festival Awards for Literature in 1998, and in 1999 was the winner of the WA Young Readers Book Awards. Her picture book Are We There Yet? was the winner of the 2005 CBC Book of the Year - Picture Book award.Alison Lester was Australia's Children's Laureate in 2012 and 2013.
Short-listed for KOALA (Kids Own Australia Literary Awards 2002 (Australia) and NSW) Awards 2002 (Australia).