St John, Lauren

Lauren St John has written several well-received books for children. Her Dead Man’s Cove, the first in her Laura Marlin series, won the Blue Peter Children’s Book prize in 2011. She was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was brought up in South Africa on a 1,000 acre farm, where she rode, and also had a pet giraffe, Jenny, who provided the inspiration for her book The White Giraffe. Her black horse, Morning Star, she called ‘the single best thing about my childhood’.

The One Dollar Horse was her first essay into equestrian fiction, and the first in a three part series. It is the story of Casey Blue, born and brought up in inner city London, but with a burning desire to compete at Badminton. Much of the book I enjoyed; it’s particularly good to see a book set (at least initially) in surroundings with which many of its readers will identify.

Finding the books
All in print.

Links and sources
Lauren St John’s website
Lauren St John on creative writing with children