Rigby, Adelaide, South Australia, 1973
Ann is out riding with the Murra Wanda Pony Club when they find a boy who has obviously been crying. They befriend Jim Read, orphaned the year before. As he gets to know them, he discovers he has a real talent for drawing horses, but he goes too far when he borrows Ann’s horse at night, and ends up with broken ribs. He recovers, and is asked to draw murals for the walls of the Pony Club. However, two boys jealous of him frame him for theft, and his murals are destroyed just before they are due to be unveiled.
The Anne Rankin series
Ann Rankin and the Boy Who Painted Horses
Ann Rankin and the Great Flood
Ann Rankin and the House on Coolabah Hill
Ann Rankin and the Lost Valley