A Horse Called September by Anne Digby

Childrens Literature

By Anne Digby

Mary Wilkins embarks on a bold scheme to avoid wasting the existence and occupation of the liked horse she has taken care of whereas its proprietor, her early life ally, is away at boarding university.

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