About the author
Deborah van der Beek is an author and illustrator, though probably best known now for her abilities as a sculptor. She studied in London, Cambridge and Cardiff, and wrote and illustrated several books before concentrating on sculpture. Her sculpture is amazing: full of strong forms: bulls, and horses. Peter Davies, in an article written on Deborah van der Beek’s site, says her works: ‘will surely become an enduring set of memorable images.’ Her website (for which the link is below) has many examples of her work. I particularly like The Fifth Horseman. (Scroll down!)
Finding the book
Very easy to find, and usually cheap.
Sources and links
Deborah van der Beek’s website
Scholastic Children’s Books, (Hippo) 1994, pb. Cover art Robert Morton, internal illustrations the author, 219 pp.
“Mel Whitby is a milkman’s daughter who’s always had a passion for horses. She can’t believe her luck when she finds a mysterious horse in a railway field. This enormous horse is underfed, and in need of attention, and Mel knows she can take care of him. But little does she know that taking care of Thunderfoot is going to change her life forever…..”