No Small Thing

cover of No Small ThingSometimes, something as small as an ad in the daily newspaper can change your whole life.

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,Β 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.

§ 83 Responses to No Small Thing"

  • natale says:

    Thank you for the lovely note, Tiffany. I’m so happy that you found No Small Thing and that you like it. It is very touching to hear that the book has made an impact on your life.

    Thank you again for taking the time to write to me and very best wishes to you,

  • tiffany says:

    dear Natale,
    i am a fifteen year old girl who came a cross your book last night when i finally got the chance to read it i was up all night thinking about how it ends i haven’t gotten the chance today to read the rest but i think right after writing this i’ll begin reading. Thank you natale Ghent for making a big in pact in my life by writing this book i hope you keep writing because i really enjoy this book and would love to see more of your work thank you so much Natale.
    sincerely Tiffany (Bolton ontario)
    PS much love for you

  • natale says:

    Thanks so much for writing, Nayaab! I’m so happy that No Small Thing brought joy to your life!! Your message brought joy to mine!! :)))

    Happy reading!

  • Nayaab says:

    Dear Natale,

    I’m reading No Small Thing, and so far, it’s wonderful! I haven’t finished yet, but I REALLY want to know how it ends!! I’m really excited to finish it – which is rare, because a lot of books these days just aren’t my taste. Thanks for bringing joy to my life!!!!

    Your new fan,
    Nayaab (Age 12, Toronto, Canada)

  • natale says:

    Hi Natalie (great name btw!)

    I’m so happy that you like No Small Thing! How fun! Happy reading! πŸ˜€


  • Natalie Moen says:

    Hi I am 11 years old and I am reading this book for the first time and I am crazy for it I am at where Cid goes on the walk with his dream girl, I am so in love!

  • natale says:

    Hi Megan,

    The theme of the book is that some things are worth fighting for and that you should believe in yourself; never give up hope. The setting is small town Ontario. Hope that helps!


  • natale says:

    Hi Julia!

    Thank you for the great email! I’m so happy you liked No Small Thing and chuffed you did two book projects on it! That’s so awesome πŸ™‚

    I understand what it means to lose parts of yourself in high school. Finding your true self (or maybe rediscovering it again?) is a lifelong journey I think, one that seems to ramp up in high school because there is so much going on and a lot of pressure to become something, to define yourself. It sounds like you have a really healthy approach to it all; reading something you love can be very grounding and reassuring. I’m just so flattered that you need No Small Thing πŸ™‚

    Good luck on your project! (I’m sure you’ll get an A!) And thank you so much for your email.

    All the best,

  • Julia says:

    Hi Natale!

    My name is Julia, and I am now a junior in high school. My final for a Humanities class is an impact project where I have to select 10 pieces of art that have affected me somewhere along the line. I remember reading No Small Thing as a fifth grader for a book project, and then re-reading it in sixth grade for another book project because I loved it so much.

    My Humanities final is tomorrow, and I just sat down to start (slacker much?) and I remembered your book. I decided to use it in my project because it reminded me that high school is all about finding your true self, and I think I’ve started to lose parts of myself with all of the things going on around me. I need to find No Small Thing and give it another read soon πŸ™‚


  • megan says:

    what is the theme and setting of this book

  • natale says:

    Thanks, Megan! I’m thinking, thinking, thinking about the third book πŸ™‚

  • Megan says:

    I love this series, I can’t wait for more! πŸ™‚

  • Sophie says:

    No, my mom wouldn’t let me ride it even if we did.

  • natale says:

    Hi Sophie,

    Yes, No Small Thing is based on a true story. πŸ™‚

    I hope you like Millhouse! Most of the characters in that story are based on real pets. :))

    I remember 7th grade. Lots of homework. It seemed like I was always studying.

    Is there a bus that you could take to the barn?

  • Sophie says:

    I bought your book millhouse, but have not had the chance to read it yet. Is No Small Thing based on a true story? And I think there is a place nearby, but the road is to busy and dangerous to bike. SadlyI started 7th grade and the homework is starting to roll in.

  • natale says:

    Hi Sophie!

    Wow, two free ponies!! Is there a stable nearby that you can board them at? That’s what we did with Smokey. Somewhere that you could ride your bike to or walk or skateboard or something? We lived in a small town but there were barns on the outskirts so we boarded Smokey there and walked or skateboarded there after school everyday. Is that a possibility for you? Or could you board them somewhere that offers hay and care so that they’re taken care of when you can’t be there? I hope this helps! Let me know what happens!!


  • Sophie says:

    Hi Natalie! I read your book and am reading it again. I love it:)! My uncle has two small Shetland ponies that he no longer wants. He said that they come as a pair. Although my other aunt and uncle have been thinking about getting a small pony for there grandchildren. They live across the street. Anyway go to horse back riding and would like to have one to take care of one. The downside is that we don’t own a stable or field. The plus is that both of them are free with some free hay, some free tack, and a free sadle. But, I can’t convince my parents. We want to get a dog so why not one or two ponies? I was just wondering if you had some advice. They also know that I have loved horses all my life and my mom would like one too. – new fan

  • natale says:

    Hi Kate!
    Thank you for your kind note! I’m so happy you like No Small Thing! πŸ™‚

    I would say the rising action is the acquisition of the pony and all the trials and tribulations the children face in order to keep the pony, including the barn burning down. I think the climax would be when the boy runs away and is chased home by the police, because he is willing to do anything to keep the pony. And then his mother tells him he can keep the pony, and this resolves the conflict in the story. Hopefully, your teacher feels the same! ;))

    Thanks again for writing and good luck with your book talk!


  • Kate says:

    I LOVED this book! I am doing a Book Talk and I can’t wait! But I have a few questions. What would you say the Rising Action and Turning Point in the story is? I decided that the barn burning down was the Climax; What do you think?

    A new fan, Kate.

  • natale says:

    Hi and thank you for the great note! πŸ˜€

    Not sure where you’re writing from but No Small Thing is available on as well as Indigo/ The sequel is called All The Way Home. It is also available at Amazon and Indigo/Chapters. Let me know how it goes and if you’re still having trouble, I’m sure we can figure something out. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks again for the awesome email!


  • samantha says:

    i LOVE this book but havn’t been able to find it anywhere. i didn’t kno you had a sequal out ! wat is it called ? thanj’s so much i fell in love wit this. i read it when i was about 11 or 12 and i’m 21 now. havn’t been able to find it since. please help !

  • natale says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome email, Nikki! I did write a sequel. It’s called All The Way Home. I hope to write a third someday… ;))

  • natale says:

    Hi Sadie!
    Thanks for the great email! I’m so happy you liked the book!! I hope you enjoy the sequel, too!!


  • Sadie says:

    I just read your book and I loved it! I finished it for a book project and I honestly can’t say I wanted to read it! Now I want the sequel! I just ordered it, and i’m waiting for it to come. Thanks for writing this book! -Sadie

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  • Nikki says:

    i loved your book “no small thing” and decided to add it to my book collection and thought it would rock if you made more books like it and turned it into a series.

  • Nikita says:

    Thank You

  • natale says:

    My advice is to write what you want and not listen to people who tell you your story is wrong. It’s right for you, and that’s really all that matters. πŸ™‚

  • Nikita says:

    It’s Nikita .I wrote a short story last week for a project .I let my friend see it.She said it wasn’t that good.She said her’s was better.I don’t know what I did wrong.I wrote about a girl and her dog on an adventure to find the girls special necklace.I think that some thing was wrong because my friend said that.Any advice?Thank you!

    Your Fan

  • natale says:

    You are so welcome, Nikita! Thanks for being a fan! πŸ˜€

  • Nikita says:

    Dear Mrs.Ghent,

    I’m going to read all of these! I actually can’t believe an actual author replied to me!When I write to other authors they never reply back.They usually send something back just saying thank you.Thank you Mrs.Ghent!I really appreciated this!

    Your fan

  • natale says:

    Thanks, Nikita! Wow – an A+!! Your report must have been awesome! Bragging rights for you! ;D

    Some of my other books are All The Way Home – the sequel to No Small Thing; Piper; The Odds Get Even; Against All Odds. Hope you like them, too!

    Happy Reading!


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