When twelve-year-old Nathaniel and his two sisters, Cid and Queenie, discover an ad for a free pony in the paper, they can hardly believe their luck. The pony is theirs, as long as they can afford to take care of it. But what will their mother say?
Nat knows things are hard for his mom; his dad walked out on them four years ago and his mom has been struggling to work and raise three children. But having a pony would help Nat and Cid stop bickering and it would mean so much to Queenie. Although initially unwilling, Nat’s mother eventually lets them keep the pony.
And so begins a year of self-discovery for Nat, who is trying to deal with his father’s absence and to look out for his younger sister, who is “different.” He’s also trying to sort out his emotions for the rich, pretty girl in his class. And while life may not always be easy, Nat knows that his very own pony is waiting for him at the end of every day. Until a fire destroys the barn…
Poignant yet often humorous, No Small Thing is inspired by events in the author’s life. It is not just a horse story, but a story about the search for love and identity in the face of longing, abandonment and uncertainty.