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Kelly Mckain - Author

About the Author

Kelly McKain is a vibrant new voice in children’s fiction. A "Stand Up Babe" herself, Kelly has worked as a teacher and an advertising copywriter. She is now a full-time writer, and lives in Greenwich with a fridge full of chocolate.


Kelly says: "I decided to be a writer at the age of five, when my mum broke it to me that I couldn't be a mermaid. Lucy and I have so much in common: we both love boy-gazing, hanging out with the girls and flicking through fash mags in the bath – although I have never fallen down a manhole. Honestly. Never."

 

 

Thngs you might want to know about Kelly
Star sign: Capricorn (they are meant to be practical).
Fave colour: Purple.
Fave animal: Monkey.
Ideal pet: A purple monkey.
Fave hobbies: Dancing, horse riding, yoga and playing the guitar very badly (though not all at once!).

Featured books by Kelly Mckain

Other books by Kelly Mckain

Charlie and Charm

Charlie and Charm

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Charlie is devastated when she has to give up her first horse, Apple, and her parents hope a week at Pony Camp will help cheer her up. But everything reminds Charlie of Apple and she isn't interested in getting to know her new pony, Charm. As the other girls grow tired of Charlie's moods and her instructors with her lack of focus, Charlie will have to work hard if she wants to compete in the cross-country competition. Can Charm live up to his name and win her round? Written in a fun diary format, and jam-packed with pony fact-files, this series is perfect for fans of PONY CLUB SECRETS, THE PONY MAD PRINCESS and THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN'T GALLOP.

Sophie and Shine

Sophie and Shine

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Sophie is thrilled to arrive at Pony Camp and meet her gorgeous pony, Shine. But her parents have been too busy to take her riding recently and she's disappointed when she is put in the beginners' group. When items start disappearing from the girls' cabin, Sophie is determined to both ride into the advanced group and catch the thief. But what if everyone suspects that she's the one who's been stealing? Written in a fun diary format and jam-packed with pony fact-files, this series is perfect for fans of PONY CLUB SECRETS, THE PONY MAD PRINCESS and THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN'T GALLOP.

Chloe and Cracker

Chloe and Cracker

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Chloe is so looking forward to making new friends who are as pony-mad as she is. She promised her dad she'll get a clear round in the jumping competition at Pony Camp, so she needs a pony who can really fly over the fences. Will Chloe and her pony manage to work together and make her dad proud?

Poppy and Prince

Poppy and Prince

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2018

Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Poppy hasn't got on a horse since she had a bad fall a few months ago and broke her arm. Her confidence has gone and she's so shaky just thinking about cantering when she used to win all her competitions. Too embarrassed to tell the others girls at Pony Camp the truth, they've all mistaken Poppy for a beginner. Can Poppy overcome her nerves and get back on track?

The Woollies: Join the Parade!

The Woollies: Join the Parade!

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2018

With their balls of wool and chunky needles, the Woollies are always ready to . . . imagi-knit! Puzzle, Bling, Zip and Baby Woolly live in a slightly overgrown corner of the local park. Their superpower is knitting anything from their imagination into reality. When Baby Woolly finds some flyaway carnival bunting, he decides it's time for the Woollies to take part in their own parade. It's just the start of a really big adventure full of imagination, fiesta fun, and lots of wool!

Megan and Mischief

Megan and Mischief

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week along with a diary in which to write about her riding adventures. Megan's so excited to be at Pony Camp but can't help feeling a bit nervous too. She wants to be Megan the Brave and when she's given a naughty pony, Mischief, to ride, she is determined to rise to the challenge. But Mischief proves harder to control than she expected, and Megan worries that all the other girls think she's bad at riding! Can she work hard enough to get Mischief under control and impress everyone at the gymkhana?

The Woollies: Flying High

The Woollies: Flying High

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

With their balls of wool and chunky needles, the Woollies are always ready to . . . imagi-knit! Puzzle, Bling, Zip and Baby Woolly live in a slightly overgrown corner of the local park. Their superpower is knitting anything from their imagination into reality. When Baby Woolly sees a plane flying over the park, he wants to take to the skies, too. It's just the start of a really big adventure full of imagination, amazing flying machines, and lots of wool!

The Woollies: Pirates Ahoy!

The Woollies: Pirates Ahoy!

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2018

With their balls of wool and chunky needles, the Woollies are always ready to . . . imagi-knit! Puzzle, Bling, Zip and Baby Woolly live in a slightly overgrown corner of the local park. Their superpower is knitting anything from their imagination into reality. When Baby Woolly finds a toy coin on the grass, he decides it must be pirate treasure. It's just the start of a really big adventure full of imagination, underwater action, and lots of wool!

The Woollies: Follow the Footprints

The Woollies: Follow the Footprints

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2018

With their balls of wool and chunky needles, the Woollies are always ready to . . . imagi-knit! Puzzle, Bling, Zip and Baby Woolly live in a slightly overgrown corner of the local park. Their superpower is knitting anything from their imagination into reality. When Baby Woolly sees some unfamiliar footprints on the path, he decides to follow them with Zip. It's just the start of a really big adventure full of imagination and awesome contraptions.

Rainbow Beauty Blueberry Wishes

Rainbow Beauty Blueberry Wishes

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Things are finally going right for Abbie - her family are loving their new lives in sunny Devon, and their fabulous pamper parlour Rainbow Beauty is going from strength to strength, thanks to Abbie's scrummy lotions and potions. But then a new local spa threatens to steal their customers, and a surprise celebrity endorsement boosts their London sales, Abbie's Mum has the bright idea to move them all back to the city. Abbie and her sisters must change their mum's mind if they want to avoid another move.

Strawberry Summer

Strawberry Summer

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

The second book the Rainbow Beauty series by Kelly Mckain, author of the bestselling Totally Lucy (over 100,000 copies sold worldwide). Abbie's life is one big whirlwind as she juggles the booming business at Rainbow Beauty with her blossoming romance with heart-throb Marco. the second in a heart-warming series full of lush lotions, fabulous friendships and teenage crushes.

The Hidden Puppy Rescue

The Hidden Puppy Rescue

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Leah and Amy may be total opposites, but when it comes to helping animals in danger they make the perfect team! One of the riders at White Horse Stables, Vanessa, has a new puppy. She invites Leah and Amy to visit her house, but when they see the puppy, it's clear something is amiss. The poor pup is really sick - and he's getting worse. It turns out Vanessa's parents didn't get the puppy from a qualified breeder, and the girls realize that a rogue operator could be about. With more puppies' lives at stake, they decide to investigate - but how far will Leah go this time? Animal S.O.S. are the puppies' only hope! A fantastic adventure series from Kelly McKain (Pony Camp Diaries, Totally Lucy), Animal S.O.S is the perfect series for horse-mad, animal crazy girls. Full of adventure, tests of friendship and mystery, Animal S.O.S will be loved by Kelly McKain's many fans.

The Case of the Secret Pony

The Case of the Secret Pony

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2013

Leah and Amy may be total opposites, but when it comes to helping animals in danger they make the perfect team! When things start to go missing at White Horse Stables, the girls realize they have another adventure on their hands. It's only when they discover the culprit behind the thefts that the hidden pony is revealed. But just what is the pony's secret? The girls need to find out, before it's too late... Animal S.O.S. to investigate! A fantastic adventure series from Kelly McKain (Pony Camp Diaries, Totally Lucy), Animal S.O.S is the perfect series for horse-mad, animal crazy girls. Full of adventure, tests of friendship and mystery, Animal S.O.S will be loved by Kelly McKain's many fans.

Rainbow Beauty Peppermint Kiss

Rainbow Beauty Peppermint Kiss

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Abbie's life feels like one big rain cloud since her parents split up. Now she lives with her mum and sisters in a grotty flat. Only new friends, Ben Summer, and gorgeous guitar-playing Marco, offer Abbie a silver lining. But then Abbie has the bright idea to turn her family's fortunes around. She has always loved making her own beauty products. Could opening a new business - the Rainbow Beauty parlour - bring her family a pot of gold and heal their hearts too?

The Mystery of the Cliff-top Dog

The Mystery of the Cliff-top Dog

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012

Leah loves her home - a ramshackle farmyard perched on the cliff top overlooking White Horse Bay. There's nothing Leah likes better than going for hacks through the countryside on her pony Nutmeg, searching for adventures... Animal-mad Amy has just moved to White Horse Bay, and first meets Leah when she visits her parents' farm to give riding a try. The girls don't get along to start with, but when Amy finds a young dog stranded on a cliff-edge they join forces to help him. With a storm approaching, will the girls be able to rescue the dog in time? It's Animal S.O.S. to the rescue!

The Haunted House Kittens

The Haunted House Kittens

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012

Although friends Leah and Amy couldn't be more different, when it comes to helping vulnerable animals in danger, they make the perfect team. Adventurous Leah wants to investigate an old manor, source of much spooky talk in the village. Amy's not too keen, but she isn't going to let her friend go alone. The girls are thrilled when they come across a litter of kittens in one of the manor's crumbling outhouses, but someone else also has their eye on making the manor their home... Animal S.O.S. is on the case!

Daisy and Dancer

Daisy and Dancer

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. Daisy is thrilled to be at Pony Camp, where she teams up with gorgeous pony Dancer and quickly makes friends with her room-mates, twins Rosie and Isabel. When their instructor Sally takes them to see her friend perform a daring riding display, the girls are inspired to create their own. Daisy is desperate to do well, but she struggles with all the moves! Can Daisy and Dancer make a brilliant partnership in time to wow the crowd?

Amy and Amber

Amy and Amber

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2011

Saddle up for a week in pony paradise! At Sunnyside Stables, each girl gets her own pony to look after and ride for a week. When Amy heads off to Pony Camp, she expects to spend the week in her best friend Kayla's shadow, as usual. But when she's asked to make a video about Sunnyside Stables, she suddenly finds herself in the limelight. With gorgeous pony Amber to look after and all the girls keen to help with the film, Amy finds that she's really enjoying herself. But it turns out Kayla isn't keen on sharing Amy. Could Amy's newfound confidence mean the end of their friendship?

Half a Sister

Half a Sister

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2010

Hannah is thrilled at the idea of her newly-discovered half-sister coming to live with her family. She's always imagined a lovely sisterly world of the girly chats, swapping make-up and sharing secrets and clothes. Beautiful, glamorous Ellie seems to live up to all Hannah's expectations. But gradually she begins to realise that Ellie has a darker side - one that threatens to tear Hannah's world apart.

Millie and Magic

Millie and Magic

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

Welcome to Sunnyside Stables and the pony holiday of your dreams! Written in diary form, each book follows a different girl's adventures at Pony Camp as she gets her very own pony to look after, makes new friends and tackles tough challenges! Millie and her pony Tally have been a team for years, so she's heartbroken when she gets too big for him. Now Tally must join the other Pony Camp ponies, and Millie has to try out new pony Magic. But Millie is determined to keep Tally and comes up with a risky plan. Will Millie land herself in big trouble?

Hannah and Hope

Hannah and Hope

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

Jessica and Jewel

Jessica and Jewel

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2009

Jessica can't wait to get riding when she arrives at Sunnyside Stables. She's always wanted to try western riding, and fiery, free-spirited Jewel, her pony for the week, is the perfect match for this. More exciting still, it turns out that they're all off on a trail ride and a camp out with a real cowboy. Yee-ha!Written in diary form, this is the eighth book in a brilliant series that is perfect for all pony-mad girls.

Lauren and Lucky

Lauren and Lucky

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2009

Lauren is crazy about dressage and can't wait to try it out for herself at Pony Camp - it'll be just like dancing with Lucky, her beautifully pony for the week! Not only that, but she's looking forward to making new friends with girls as pony-obsessed as she is. But can Lauren and her new pony pals compete in the dressage comp at the end of the week and still stay friends...?Written in diary form, this is the seventh book in a brilliant series that is perfect for all pony-mad girls.

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2008

Meet Lucy! Smart, sassy and super-stylish, she's a stand-up babe with a passion for fashion.Lucy and her best friends forever (BFF) have been given the task of organizing the school disco, and they're determined to make it more exciting than the usual snooze-fest. Then Lucy gets the idea of turning it into a glam High School Prom, complete with ballroom dancing, red-carpet dresses and voting for a Prom King and Queen. But with all her time taken up by organization and keeping strict Mr. Cain from ruining everything, Lucy's left it too late to find herself a date! These diary-style books, crammed full of secrets, notes, gossipy detail and hilarious illustrations, reveal the juicy details of Lucy Jessica Hartley's life as a teenager. Girls everywhere will identify with Lucy's bra-size embarrassment, star-struck swoonings, teacher troubles and best friend dilemmas.

Emily and Emerald

Emily and Emerald

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

Sarah's full of nerves when she arrives at Sunnyside Stables, but she's not the only one. Sprite, a new addition to Sunnyside, is flighty and anxious. Together they must work to rebuild each other's confidence - but in order to help Sprite, Sarah must first conquer her own nerves...Written in diary form, this is the fifth book in a brilliant series that is perfect for all ponymad girls.

Fashion Planet

Fashion Planet

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2008

Lucy and her best friends forever, Tilda and Jules, are determined to make it onto eco-friendly TV show Go Green with their latest creative project. Plus they're desperate to revamp Tilda's seriously embarrassing bedroom - it's a total style disaster area. Can the girls persuade Tilda's super-strict dad to let them makeover her room, and still find time to go green and make it on TV? Girls everywhere are in love with these diary-style books, crammed full of secrets, notes, and hilarious illustrations, and will be waiting eagerly for this latest on-trend addition to the series.

Charlie and Charm

Charlie and Charm

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Charlie is devastated when she grows too big for her first pony, Apple, and has to sell him. Her parents think that sending her to Sunnyside Stables for a week will help her move on, but Charlie isn't interested. Can Charm live up to his name and win her round?Written in diary form, this is the fifth book in a brilliant series that is perfect for all ponymad girls.

Summer Stars

Summer Stars

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2007

Lucy and her best friends forever, Jules and Tilda, are going on holiday together and are thrilled that their fave mag is holding a competition to find backing dancers for its beach party in the very same town! Can they strut their stuff onstage and win?

Sophie and Shine

Sophie and Shine

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2007

Welcome to Sunnyside Stables, and the pony holiday of your dreams! Written in diary format, each book in the series follows a different girl's adventures at pony camp as she gets her very own pony, makes new friends and tackles tough challenges.

Chloe and Cracker

Chloe and Cracker

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Written in diary format, this book follows a different girl's adventures at pony camp as she gets her very own pony, makes new friends and tackles tough challenges.

Style School

Style School

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2006

Hey girls! Lucy Jessica Hartley here with a really, really secret secret!!! I'm setting up a Style School to teach girls how to do makeovers, create fab outfits and even accessorize. It's gonna be sooooo cool. Gotta go and find some top-secret club members! I'm just crossing my fingers that Mr. Cain (aka the school uniform police) doesn't find out - or I'll be in massivo trouble! Byeeeeee!

Megan and Mischief

Megan and Mischief

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Welcome to Sunnyside Stables and the pony holiday of your dreams. Written in diary format, each book in this series follows a different girl's adventures at pony camp as she gets her very own pony, makes new friends and enemies and tackles tough challenges.

Poppy and Prince

Poppy and Prince

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Welcome to Sunnyside Stables and the pony holiday of your dreams. Written in diary format, each book in this series follows a different girl's adventures at pony camp as she gets her very own pony, makes new friends and enemies and tackles tough challenges.

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2006

This is a fun and funky series charting the hopes, dreams and schemes of the lively, loveable Lucy - wannabe fashion designer and Stand Up Babe. Girls everywhere will identify with her bra-size embarrassment, parent troubles, best-friend dilemmas and secret crushes. Tilda's birthday is coming up and Lucy wants to throw her a big party with a fashion photoshoot, but things aren't going exactly to plan.

Star Struck

Star Struck

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2006

This is a fun and funky series charting the hopes, dreams and schemes of the lively, loveable Lucy - wannabe fashion designer and Stand Up Babe. Girls everywhere will identify with her bra-size embarrassment, parent troubles, best-friend dilemmas and secret crushes. Lucy and her Best Friends Forever, Jules and Tilda, answer an ad in a local paper calling for extras to appear in a new film. Once they are chosen, Jules and Tilda try desperately to get their photo taken with the film's star, whilst Lucy decides it's a great opportunity to get her dress designs noticed, but will the director see it that way?

Boy Band Blues

Boy Band Blues

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2005

A fun and funky new series charting the hopes, dreams and schemes of the lively, loveable Lucy - wannabe fashion designer and Stand Up Babe. Girls everywhere will identify with her bra-size embarrassment, parent troubles, best-friend dilemmas and secret crush crises. Synopsis Some older boys at school ask Lucy to help them with the image for their band, and it's not long before she develops a major crush on the lead guitarist. But is she just setting herself up for a giant dose of cringitis?

Fantasy Fashion

Fantasy Fashion

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2005

A fun and funky new series charting the hopes, dreams and schemes of the lively, loveable Lucy - wannabe fashion designer and Stand Up Babe. Girls everywhere will identify with her bra-size embarrassment, parent troubles, best-friend dilemmas and secret crush crises. Synopsis Lucy enters a design competition to create an outrageous fantasy fashion outfit. But things just won't go to plan, especially when her dad announces that he's moving away...

Makeover Magic

Makeover Magic

Author: Kelly Mckain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2005

A fun and funky new series charting the hopes, dreams and schemes of the lively, loveable Lucy - wannabe fashion designer and Stand Up Babe. Girls everywhere will identify with her bra-size embarrassment, parent troubles, best-friend dilemmas and secret crush crises. Synopsis The geeky new girl at school is a target for bullies, so Lucy decides to help out by giving her a cool makeover. But making a new friend sometimes means losing an old one...

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