Publishing history
Hastings House, New York, 1981

Barbara moves next door to a riding school. There is a “special warmth” between her and Bianca, a blind pony. Bianca helps Barbara enter a dream world where she is thin and glamorous, and Bianca is not blind and is a wonderful jumper. However, none of this is real, and Barbara’s parents want her to diet. Barbara isn’t sure in the end whose wishes matter – hers or her parents. She wants to write, and her friends encourage her: but Barbara needs to make her own choices, not someone else’s.

Many thanks to Konstanze Allsopp for the picture, and the blurb.











Mary Oldham