The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

Charlie Bass has a dream: to win the Derby. For this she needs a jockey, a horse – and lightning speed. (Well, two out of three isn’t bad.) She’s always wanted a pony. Now she’s accidentally bought a racehorse. Perhaps her Derby dream might come true after all! Noble Warrior certainly looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. Charlie even has a jockey lined up: her talented friend Joe. There’s just one problem. Noble Warrior won’t gallop. He won’t even trot around his field. Can Charlie find the hidden champ inside her reluctant racehorse? Her tale will warm your heart and make you laugh out loud!

  • A wonderful novel from sports heroine Clare Balding
  • Clare is a top racing broadcaster and former jockey
  • Funny, heartwarming, thrilling and full of horse facts!
  • A real crowd-pleaser that David Walliams fans will love

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

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    Multi-award-winning Tony Ross has become one of the best-known creators of original and traditional picture books and his work has been published all over the world. As well as his own books, he has illustrated books for authors such as Roald Dahl, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin.


    Tony Ross has won a number of awards for illustration, including the Dutch Silver Paintbrush Award for the best illustrations by a foreign artist.

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