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The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

Written by Clare Balding

Illustrated by Tony Ross

Part of the Charlie Bass Series

The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop Synopsis

'A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message' - Jacqueline Wilson Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled. The horse she buys, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There's just one problem - he won't gallop. In fact, he won't even leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy. Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion. But can she prove it? Derby Day is fast approaching and only a win can save the family farm from being repossessed. The stakes couldn't be higher for the Basses. Can Charlie turn her chaotic family into a top training team? Can Noble Warrior overcome his nerves? Will Percy the pony ever stop farting? Find out in this classic, funny animal story, perfect for fans of Dick King-Smith and Gerald Durrell.

The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop Press Reviews

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 * Will inspire girls to aim high * Express * There are useful human life lessons here: create a team, Balding urges, delegate, do your research, believe in yourself, and magic ensues * Observer * Funny and touching * Telegraph * A cheerful paean to books, big thighs and working hard to realise your dreams * Guardian * A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message * Jacqueline Wilson *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141357911
Publication date: 18th May 2017
Author: Clare Balding
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages

About Clare Balding

Clare Balding (Author) When she was young, Clare Balding thought she was a dog. Disappointed to discover she was only human, she did her best to spend every waking hour with dogs and ponies. She could ride before she could walk and, growing up surrounded by racehorses trained by her father, she dreamt of winning the Grand National or riding for Great Britain at the Olympics. Those dreams never came true but the consolation prize hasn't been bad. As a television and radio presenter, Clare has worked at six Olympic Games, the highlight being London 2012, as well as the Winter ...

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