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The Boy Who Plaited Manes(2012)
(The first book in the Fantasy World of Nancy Springer series)
A Novella by Nancy Springer
When a young man mysteriously shows up in the stables of Lord Robley and demonstrates an amazing ability to braid horse manes and tails, the Lord and Lady are quite taken with his abilities and have him stay on. Sure, he doesn't speak a single word and there's truly something odd about him, but his talents at braiding are second to none. When the Lady finds herself in need of the man's skills for her own head of hair, the situation is looked upon as a bit scandalous, but nobody is prepared for the outcome that befalls them as a result. A short story.
Used availability for Nancy Springer's The Boy Who Plaited Manes
April 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition