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Publication date1st April 2012
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The Pony Detectives : Scout and the Mystery of the Marsh Ponies
Part of the 'The Pony Detectives' Series
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The Pony Detectives are on their second horsey whodunit adventure to solve the mystery of the marsh ponies. Written by Belinda Rapley, a British Horse Society Instructor, the adventures revolve around four horse-mad friends who stable their ponies at the same yard. But this foursome aren’t just good at jumping and showing – they’re also great at solving mysteries! Belinda’s combined love of horses and writing results in a sparkling set of novels for readers aged 7-11. The series will appeal to all pony-mad fans with the added intrigue of a thrilling detective story, especially girls who love Cathy Cassidy’s stories of friendship and Lauren St John’s mysteries.
SynopsisThe Pony Detectives : Scout and the Mystery of the Marsh Ponies by Belinda Rapley
Alice and her beloved pony, Scout, are on a winning streak. But Scout is only on loan to Alice and his success hasn't gone unnoticed - When Scout's mysterious owner Mrs Valentine suddenly puts him up for sale, the Pony Detectives make it their mission to save Scout for their friend. But as the girls investigate further, they uncover more shady goings-on than they bargained for in this fun-filled saga. Includes illustrated pony tips.
About The Author
Belinda Rapley has been immersed in the world of horses since she was eleven, starting out with riding lessons and holiday hacks. She is a British Horse Society Instructor, has a National Diploma in Horse Studies and has spent time working in show jumping and flat racing. The Pony Detectives is her debut series for children. Belinda lives in Norfolk and currently has one pony called Jerezano (Zano for short).
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