Samphire Song

When fourteen-year-old Jodie buys a wild horse at auction, she has no idea what she is taking on. Something has drawn her to Samphire—there’s an instant bond between them. She recognizes he’s a damaged horse who needs time to mend. Jodie understands all about pain, having lost her dad two years before. Slowly, she gains Samphire’s trust, and Jodie begins to blossom with a new confidence. But when her younger brother Ed becomes very ill and needs an operation, Jodie is faced with the biggest decision of her life. In order to help her mother and brother, she must let Samphire go. She makes him a promise—as soon as she can, she will find him and bring him home. It’s a promise that leads her into danger. But somewhere, Samphire is calling to her. She senses his life is at risk and there’s not much time. She must rescue him, whatever the cost.

  • 296 Pages
  • 5.125" x 7.6875"
  • 9780807572245
  • March 2013

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  • Strong, loving familial relationships play a central role in this novel; frequently, Jodie chooses to spend time with her mother and brother rather than with her friends as she works through her own obstacles. Horse-loving youth will enjoy Jodie’s devotion to Samphire and become wrapped up in the drama of their journey.

    - Booklist

  • The book’s strength lies in the interaction of horses and people, especially the bond between Jodie and Samphire, and her watchful care during his slow, uphill recovery from abuse to full equine health.

    - School Library Journal

  • The writing is lovely, the family life and affection among the characters is real…A worthwhile addition to a well-loved genre.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The interchange between Jodie and her younger brother as it alternates between affection and annoyance will feel familiar to all siblings. Give this to loyal horse lovers, who will best appreciate Jodie’s staunch devotion to her equine companion.

    - VOYA

Awards & Accolades

  • VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2013

Common Core



  • Accelerated Reader Points: 7.00
  • ATOS Level: 5.40