Johnny is distraught when his beloved horse Storm disappears. Ella loves Storm too and wants to help, but how can two kids rescue a kidnapped horse?
Together they set off on a desperate chase across Ireland to get Storm back.
Keepsake is a fast-paced adventure story full of heart, courage – and horses.
From the multi award-winning author of The Butterfly Heart and The Sleeping Baobab Tree
PRAISE FOR KEEPSAKE
‘Leyden captures Ella’s emotional life with great conviction as she struggles to deal with her fraught family life… The prejudice that drives the plot is subtly introduced and resolved with great compassion’ – Sara Keating, The Irish Times
‘Leyden’s fast-paced tale provides a snapshot of modern Ireland and the power of intergenerational relationships … Tackling prejudice and intolerance in an enlightening way’ – Inis Reading Guide, Children’s Books Ireland
‘Keepsake tackles the issue of animal rights, particularly the treatment of horses and the Traveller community in Ireland with its misunderstandings and stigma. Beautifully written, it demonstrates real passion and offers an adventure with much heart and courage. This is a classic ‘horse story’ with many contemporary elements and an inter-generational view … A carefully crafted, deliberate plot line never loses its rhythm and carries the reader on a fast-paced journey with exactly the right amount of drama and tension leading to an exciting, bold conclusion. Keepsake offers much, and it does not disappoint! A wonderful wonderful read for everyone.’ – Mary Esther Judy, children’s buyer for Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop
Cover art by Olivia Golden
Paula Leyden won the Éilís Dillon award for her first children’s novel The Butterfly Heart, which is set in Zambia; its sequel, The Sleeping Baobab Tree, won the Children’s Books Ireland special judges’ award. She lived in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa before moving to Kilkenny, where she now works extensively with the Travelling community and horses.