Twelve-year-old Svein is disappointed at not getting the horse he'd hoped to receive as a birthday present. But he cheers up when he hears he can take riding lessons at a reduced rate in return for working in the stables. Save for the malicious behavior of another boy and Svein's friendship with two sisters, [Wanted! A Horse!] has little plot. It is, however, filled with incidents that have action and appeal. Svein's family relationships, and the problems the two sisters face in adjusting to their parents' recent divorce and to a new home are described with considerable realism and commendable restraint. (p. 84)
Zena Sutherland, in Saturday Review (© 1972 Saturday Review Inc.; reprinted with permission), April 22, 1972.