A Very Good Chance
By Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Set in Dublin and Siena, with its dizzying, dare-devil Palio horse race, Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted author Sarah Moore Fitzgerald's third novel is about taking chances, being brave and learning the best way to see the world.
The third novel from bestselling Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted author Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Set in Dublin and Siena, with its dizzying, dare-devil Palio horse race, this is a story about taking chances, being brave and learning the best way to see the world.
Some people step through a wardrobe to find adventure, but Minty follows the twisty-turny trees into Nettlebog. There she finds Ned Buckley - the moody, mysterious boy who never talks at school. As Minty's world disintegrates around her she searches for refuge in Nettlebog, and she discovers more about Ned: he's able to ride wild horses. And he knows things about the human race that will save her.
Or there's a very good chance at least.
This book follows Sarah Moore Fitzgerald's debut novel BACK TO BLACKBRICK and Waterstones Prize shortlist THE APPLE TART OF HOPE.
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was born in New York in 1965 but grew up in Co. Dublin. She is a professor and associate vice president at the University of Limerick in Ireland, specialising in psychology and effective pedagogy in higher education, and has published several non-fiction books on teaching, learning and academic writing. She runs regular writers' retreats for academics and students in Ireland and internationally.
Follow her on Twitter @SMooreFitz.
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08 Sep 2016
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Orion Children's Books
The wonder and magic of Minty and Ned's burgeoning relationship is beautifully handled ... A Very Good Chance is brave and thoughtful with cracking characters. It deserves a wide readership and confirms Moore Fitzgerald's place as one of Ireland's most interesting new children's writers. — IRISH INDEPENDENT
The language is lyrical and evocative and vivid. The book itself is short and sharp but unpacks itself in a way that makes it seem huge and expansive — THE BOOKBAG
This is a story about taking chances, being brave and learning the best way to see the world — PARENTS IN TOUCH
This lovely life-affirming, lyrical tale is perfect for bridging the path between middle grade and teen fiction — Joanne Owen, Lovereading4kids
Part mystery, part sweet romance ... Young readers will be hooked from the get-go. — PEOPLE, The Best Children’s Books of 2016 on THE APPLE TART OF HOPE
Poignant, intelligent and a wonderfully compelling read — FALLEN STAR STORIES
Opens our eyes to some of the challenges facing the Traveler community and the blinkered attitudes of their settled neighbours — EVENING ECHO (CORK)
A sensitive read for the 9+ age group — IRISH TIMES
A life-affirming read about friendship across a social divide and being brave and following your own lights — Sunday Independent
A Very Good Chance is a beautifully written story that will capture your attention and your heart — Inis
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald cements her reputation as one of our finest storytellers with A Very Good Chance, a gorgeously written and completely engrossing tale set in Ireland and Italy of teenage friendship, fracturing families, social division, and bareback horse-racing. — Limerick Leader