The latest YA novel by Tudor Robins
Fifteen-year-old Grace starts her summer with dreams of winning horseshows dancing in her head. After years of riding horses short on talent, or looks (or both) she’s leased a flashy, high-performing horse and plans to jump Sprite to a slew of championship ribbons.
Then, before she’s even had time to celebrate her success in the first show of the season, Grace learns Sprite’s been sold. No Sprite means no more shows for Grace, so how will she fill her summer now?
A summer job working at the barn seems to be the answer. If she plays her cards right, it might even give Grace the chance to win Sprite back. And there’s the added bonus of working alongside Matt, a talented – and very good-looking – fellow rider.
But what started as a quick diet has gotten out of control and Grace’s extreme weight loss is threatening her health, her relationships, and her riding.
Will Grace be able to heal herself so she can hold onto the things that are most important to her?
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Tudor Robins is an Ottawa-area writer. Her stories have been published in magazines and she has placed in or won several creative writing contests. Objects in Mirror is her first novel.
About Objects in Mirror
This book was born in response to a 2007 Young Adult novel writing contest called “So You Think You Can Write?” To meet the contest requirements it had to be 30,000 words. I submitted it at 31,000. The book you’ve read (or are reading, or – I hope – plan to read) is now about 60,000 words long.
It’s been ripped apart and put back together half a dozen times and, while many things have changed, the “bones” remain.
Where did the story come from? Well, I was anorexic and I did work with a horse who had been starved. Obviously these experiences have stuck with me. However, I am not Grace. Grace is a better rider than I was at 15. She’s smarter and more resourceful. Also, sadly, I did not have a “Matt” when I was Grace’s age!
The horses in this book are informed by all the horses I’ve ever ridden and Stonegate is an amalgam of very many stables I’ve ridden and worked at.
No one thing in this story is true but I do hope, as a reader, you will feel there are some truths in it.
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Learn The Lingo
Explore some horse jumping terms used in the book on the OIM Pinboard.
For Book Clubs
Planning a book club meeting? Click here for a guide and details on including the author.
Objects In Mirror makes a great addition to your classroom curriculum – click here for a chapter-by-chapter reading guide.
For Tack Shops
The novel is a great fit for tack shops that serve young riders. Click here for the details.
How did a contest short story become a published novel? Follow the writing and publishing process with Tudor’s series of posts on Writing Questions Answered.