|Scholastic, 2001, first edition|
Linda Newbery makes Kirsty's attempts to find her own way through the conflicting selfishnesses of her family entirely believable. Kirsty is helped by another injured soul: Dally, who mysteriously appears, working as a gardener. Through all this are woven the horses, who provide a still centre where Kirsty can hide. If only it weren't for all the constructs we put on horses, and on people, and on ourselves.
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The Damage Done was published by Scholastic Books in 2001. The author has now released it as an ebook, and it's well worth the read.
For more on the author and her horse books, she has a page on my website.