Barney the Boat Dog 2: Runaway Horse! by Linda Newbery

Barney the Boat Dog 2: Runaway Horse!

Written by Linda Newbery

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Jim and Barney are in trouble on their narrow boat. The boat's engine won't start and they've got to get to Jim's grandson's birthday party, so they get a big, strong horse named Puzzle to give them a tow. Barney and Puzzle become firm friends, with Puzzle trusting Barney to help him along the way until that is Puzzle is spooked by some pigs and runs away. Can he be found and caught in time to save the birthday party?

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Barney the Boat Dog 2: Runaway Horse! by Linda Newbery

About the Author

Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery always wanted to be a writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe, but only began submitting her work once she became a secondary school teacher. She had her first novel published in 1988 and is now a full-time writer. Linda writes for various age groups and has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, for The Shell House and Sisterland and in 2006 won the Costa Children’s Book Award for Set in Stone.
Linda lives in a Northamptonshire village with her husband and three cats. She is an active member of the SAS and on the committee of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group of the Society of Authors.

Linda on Linda
When I was a child, dreaming that one day I might be an author, I used to gaze longingly at the N shelves in bookshops and libraries, and imagine my own books parked next to E. Nesbit’s. She’s still there, with her classic stories The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and others. Philip Pullman, nearby, takes up an awful lot of space, but sometimes there’s room for me between them.

As a child I used to do a lot of secret writing in my bedroom. I rarely showed anyone, and certainly not my teachers. At that time I was rather unwisely trying to write complete novels. Later, when exams got in the way, I began writing poetry - because poems could be short!

When I was a teenager, there was no such thing as teenage fiction – you went straight from children’s books to adult books. It wasn’t until much later, when I was training to be an English teacher, that I came across teenage fiction, and excellent writers such as K. M. Peyton, Aidan Chambers and Jill Paton Walsh. Before long I wanted to have a go.

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92 pages


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1st March 2011




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