Charlie Bass woke early, partly because her window didn’t have any curtains and partly because Boris the Border terrier was licking her face.
The first children's book from animal-lover, commentator, journalist and author Clare Balding is a funny, heart-warming story filled with timeless appeal and a wonderful mix of human and animal characters.
Clare’s own childhood was filled with animals and she claims she could ride before she could walk, dreaming about riding in the Olympics herself one day so it’s no surprise that her first book for children recreates her own childhood love of animals in a book that’s a perfect blend of warmth and humour.
Charlie Bass is a horse-mad nine-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when her eccentric parents announce that they are going to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled.
The horse they buy, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There's just one problem - he won't gallop. In fact, he won't even trot round the field without his best friend, Percy, a naughty palomino pony, at his side.
But Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion - he just needs the right motivation...
'A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message' - Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm
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 * 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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“Best book I have ever read!”
I’m twelve and I LOVE this book so much! Claire Balding is such an amazing writer! She makes you feel almost as if you actually know the characters, like they’re real people.
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I loved this book even though I have already read it I still read it again and again I would recommend it to any one even if you are not horsey
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