The Racehorse Who Disappeared

Written by Clare Balding

Illustrated by Tony Ross, Tony Ross

Part of the Charlie Bass Series

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LoveReading View on The Racehorse Who Disappeared

There’s a new mystery afoot in this entertaining sequel about Noble Warrior and his owner. Everything seems calm. Young horse lover Charlie Bass is getting her life back on track and her horse Noble Warrior is safely back in his stable after the excitement of the race. But, after such fame, is he safe? Soon Nobel Warrior goes missing. How will Charlie ever track him down?  TV presenter Clare Balding has created a terrific adventure with a heart warming relationship between a young owner and her horse at the heart of it.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

The Racehorse Who Disappeared Synopsis

Clare Balding's second brilliant adventure for Charlie Bass and her funny family of humans and animals. Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior! With the police baffled and no trace of the prizewinning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation...

The Racehorse Who Disappeared Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in the series, The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Isabel, age 9 - 'A really great book that I thoroughly enjoyed, more please!'
  • Amina Hassan, age 10 - 'Astounding and astonishing.  I loved this book, the suspense was real...how about you join Charlie, face her problem with her and cheer her on in this great book. It'll be fun I promise.'
  • Caye Gould - 'Charlie dreams of winning the Epsom Derby with her horse, Noble Warrior. A beautifully written story with an underlying message, if you want something and work hard at it you can achieve your dream.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'What is so special about the horse? Why doesn’t he gallop? Who is naughty Percy? How does Charlie become famous? If you like watching the Derby and horse racing, this is the book for you.'
  • Emily Yates, age 10 - 'An easy enjoyable read with fun characters and a lovely theme - don't give up on your dreams!' 
  • Arun Jethwa, age 11 – Blenheim Primary School 'Great read - fun and humorous throughout! 9/10'
  • Esmee Oliver, age 8 - 'This book is funny and easy to read....  I think this book would appeal to people who like horses and those who enjoy a good laugh.'
  • Saffron, age 11 - 'This is a very good story and I like the storyline'
  • Martha Cox, age 7 - 'Exciting and funny story - not just for horse lovers. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.'
  • Mia Goodman, age 10 - 'A great, hilarious read. It is easy to understand and the wording is simple so I would recommend it to young readers.'
  • Annie Sherratt, age 11 - 'This is a perfect book for any horse mad person - like me. I really enjoyed it and the characters in this story are great.... There is lots of courage, determination and perseverance in this amazing book.'
  • Ava Townsend, age 6 - 'A story about a young girl, Charlie, and her desire to own a horse. Who better written by than ex-jockey Clare Balding!'  

The Racehorse Who Disappeared Press Reviews

Praise for The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop;

A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message    Jacqueline Wilson 

A cheerful paean to books, big thighs and working hard to realise your dreams  Guardian

Funny and touching    Telegraph

There are useful human life lessons here: create a team, Balding urges, delegate, do your research, believe in yourself, and magic ensues   Observer

Will inspire girls to aim high    Daily Express

Charlie is a feisty, funny girl who will appeal to pony-mad readers who'll devour all the inside knowledge of the equine world that Balding brings to her debut    Daily Mail

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141377384
Publication date: 31/05/2018
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141374468
Publication date: 21/09/2017
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141377384
Publication date: 31st May 2018
Author: Clare Balding
Illustrator: Tony Ross, Tony Ross
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books

About Clare Balding

Clare Balding's first book, My Animals and Other Family, was a runaway number one bestseller and won the Autobiography of the Year at the 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards. Her subsequent book, Walking Home was also a Sunday Times Bestseller. Clare has been a broadcaster on TV and radio for over twenty years. She has covered a range of events including five summer Olympics, four Paralympics, four Winter Olympics, three Commonwealth Games and twenty-one Grand Nationals. In 2012 she won a BAFTA special award for her work on the London Olympics and Paralympics. She also won Presenter of the Year at the ...

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