Rosemary Hayes

Series: The Travellers
Interest Age: 9 - 13 Years old
Reading Age: 10 Years old
Published: 27 August 2015
AR Book Level: TBC
Book Band: TBC
Catch Up Level: TBC
Lexile Level: TBC
Pages: 124pp
Words: 19,020 words

Availability: In stock

Paperback (format)
ISBN: 9781781279670
Ebook (format)
ISBN: 9781781279717


Tess is pony mad, but her mum can't afford riding lessons. When a group of travellers come to live in the village, Tess secretly visits their horses. As she makes friends with some of the gypsy families, she moves closer to living her dream and becoming a talented rider. But there's a lot of local hostility towards the travellers and when she finally confesses what she's been doing, she is forbidden to visit the gypsy site again. Unless she can begin to break down barriers between travellers and non-travellers, there's no chance that Tess will ever fulfil her dream.

Focusing on one of the four main characters in the series 'The Travellers', this book is a great read as well as an effective way of coming to understand the world of travelling (gypsy) communities, through the eyes of one of four young teenagers. Offering interesting insights into the way travelling communities live and work, and contradicting many stereotypical assumptions about travellers and non-travellers alike, this book is perfect for any reader who wishes to know more about a different way of life.


"I think Tess is a really good book, you never know what will happen next, from meeting a new best friend to saving a horse's life. If I had to recommend a book to someone it would definately be this one..... This would suit teenagers who like adventure and horses."

Jennifer Irvine, Drummond Community High for Teen Titles