The Trilogy brings together three of Joy Cowley's most popular books - Bow Down Shadrach (1992), Gladly Here I Come and Shadrach's Girl.
Bow Down Shadrach
Shadrach is a very old circus-trained Clydesdale horse - and the favourite family pet. When Hannah discovers that Shadrach has been sold to a dog food factory, she decides to mount a heroic rescue and enlists the help of her two younger brothers. From the beginningm their plans go seriously wrong. By the time they've argued with the repulsive Wuff Stuff man, hidden Shadrach in a church and a caravan, and floated him on a mussel barge they're in desperate need of rescuing themselves.
Winner New Zealand Children's Book of the Year 1990
Gladly Here I Come
There are two new arrivals on the farm: Shadrach's young filly, Gladly, and a boy named Eden. Gladly is welcomed with open arms, but Eden's arrival, direct from a Social Welfare home, throws the family into turmoil. Hannah is carried away in a rush of optimistic generosity, and MIkey and Sky are deeply suspicious. Hannah is willing to share her family with Eden but is not prepared to share her precious horse. Sky and MIkey form a hostile alliance and Hannah copes by weaving wonderful new stories for Eden. But Hannah doesn't forsee that the invitation into her imaginary world will lead Eden and Gladly into great danger.
Short-listed New Zealand Junior Fiction of the Year.1995
Hannah is now sixteen and looking forward to university. Sky and Mikey are gropwing up fast and Eden still has a close relationship with Gladly, Hannah's precious horse. But before Hannah farewells childhood forever, the family security is shattered. Their mother, Sophie, seems gravely ill and no one knows what to do. But when Mikey, Sky and Eden are pitted against the wild will of nature, each member of the family must search deep within to find courage. Will the spirit of Shadrach be strong enough to help them?
Winner NZ Post Junior Fiction Award 2001
Joy Cowley is a multi-award winning New Zealand author of over 600 titles. She is famous in the United States as the author of the phenomenally successful Mrs Wishy-Washy series, which has sold over 40 million copies. Two of her novels, The Silent One and Bow Down Shadrach have won Children's Book of the Year awards in New Zealand; Ticket to the Sky Dance and Starbright and the Dream Eater have won junior fiction awards two years running. Joy was awarded an OBE in 1992 for her services to children's writing and in 2004 she was given the AW Reed Award for her contribution to New Zealand literature. Joy Cowley and her husband Terry have homes in the Marlborough Sounds and in Wellington.