Eleven-year-old Yonder stopped talking when her mother died, and she stopped going to school because of the bullies, knowing that her father would never even notice (although the social worker did); indeed the only creature that seems to care about her is the one-eyed Shetland pony called Dirt who lives on the neighboring farm--so when she discovers that Dirt is about to be sold for horsemeat she is determined to find a way to save him.
Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Foster care; Single parent; Family member death; Poverty; Physical disability; Addiction; foster child; foster parents; single father; death of a parent; death of a mother; death; grief; loss; financial hardship; poor; alcoholism; mute; muteness; impoverised child; starvation
bullying; pony; ponies; animals; therapy; social work; social worker; middle school; neglect; adversity; mental health; bravery; animal welfare
Orenstein, Denise, "Dirt" (2017). Diverse Families. 1938.