Pony Whisperer: Team Challenge

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Overview

Being able to talk to ponies isn't all that it's cracked up to be!

Sure Pia can understand her pony, Drummer, and any other pony around her for that matter. But it doesn't make life any easier when the ponies go on strike right before a national pony competition. When her rival Cat's routine looks perfect, Pia knows that she must find a way to get her team back on the ponies' good sides. Otherwise, Cat's team will take home the prize for sure.

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Overview

Being able to talk to ponies isn't all that it's cracked up to be!

Sure Pia can understand her pony, Drummer, and any other pony around her for that matter. But it doesn't make life any easier when the ponies go on strike right before a national pony competition. When her rival Cat's routine looks perfect, Pia knows that she must find a way to get her team back on the ponies' good sides. Otherwise, Cat's team will take home the prize for sure.

Talking to ponies is incredible...if only they didn't have so much to say!

"This combination of magic and a quick-moving, contemporary plot is a light and enjoyable read. The horses are particularly amusing as they reveal their complaints and requests to their owners through Pia."
-School Library Journal review for Pony Whisperer: The Word on the Yard

What readers are saying about The Pony Whisperer:

"Guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter."

"Amazing, funny, witty."

"This is an awesome book!"

"The best young adult book I have read this year."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402239533
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Pony Whisperer Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 961,136
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Rising lives in the UK and is the editor of PONY, Britain's top-selling horsy teen magazine. She is also the author of Pony Talk: 50 Ways to Make Friends. Janet's work with horses has included working as a donkey stud, producing show ponies, and teaching both adults and children.

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Chapter 1

"Hey, Pia," hissed James, sticking his head over Drummer's stable door, "lend us You-know-who for a bit, will you?"

"What's the problem?"

"I need to ask Moth why she's started to drop her hind legs over jumps, taking the poles with her. I bet it's something I'm doing wrong." James added, "It always is."

I handed James the tiny statue of a tiny stone woman sitting sideways on a tiny stone horse that I always, always have hidden safely in my pocket. It's with me whenever I go to the stable yard where I keep Drummer. Moth is stabled next door to Drum, and no one-but no one-except James and me knows the secret of Epona-code name You-Know-Who-and we've both sworn to keep it that way!

"Thanks!" he said, and disappeared to have a talk with his pony. That's right-a bit of a chat. Because even though her nose is missing and she's nearly two-thousand-odd years old, Epona (Are you ready for this?) has the power to let whoever is holding her hear what horses and ponies are saying and be able to talk with them.

I know! When I found the ancient homage to the Celtic and Roman goddess of horses and heard Drummer talking to me, I could hardly believe it either. But because of Epona, and because I hadn't had the sense to keep what I had discovered about the horses and ponies around me to myself, I had been proclaimed the Pony Whisperer, and all hell had broken loose. I'd helped horses and ponies who had problems; I'd upset people by telling them things they didn't want to hear; I'd even been on TV-twice! Since then, I've tried to live it down and escape the public eye because, believe me, being the Pony Whisperer may sound glamorous (I thought so, too, until it all got out of hand), but Epona gets me into the sort of fixes I try to avoid these days.

Avoiding attention has not been one of my most successful ventures.

Of course, with Epona helping James I couldn't carry on the conversation I'd been having with Drummer, but as Katy and Bean chose that moment to lean on Drummer's stable door like idiot twins, it was just as well. As Katy has red hair and is shorter than me, and Bean is nothing like her, they don't look anything like twins, but you get where I'm coming from.

"Pia," announced Katy, shoving her hair off her face and puffing out her cheeks, "you and Drum have got to be on our team, right, Bean?"

"Yeah, yeah, you've sooo got to be," agreed Bean, beaming at me. Her real name was Charlotte Beanie, but everyone called her Bean. With her height (tall), build (slim), and hair color (blond), she was the perfect match for her elegant palomino pony, Tiffany.

I was delighted they wanted to include me, as I still felt very much the new girl at the yard. Everyone else there had known one another forever, and although my Pony Whisperer title had ensured I hadn't stayed out of the limelight, I didn't feel like I was really one of the gang. Drummer had been welcomed with open hooves by his fellow equines-apart from one, who I'll tell you about...

"We're taking the Sublime Equine Challenge," Katy announced, "and we just need you to complete our team of four."

"Yeah, we need someone to do the wild card," explained Bean. "Tiffany and I are doing the show jumping, and Katy and Bluey are our cross-country entry, of course!"

"I can't wait!" enthused Katy. "It'll be an opportunity to wear my new cross-country colors."

"What color are they?" I teased. Katy has a thing, bordering on obsession, about purple, and her last cross country shirt and matching skullcap cover would have made a Roman emperor envious. Her new colors were reputed to be even flashier.

When I'd first met Katy, I had been able to tell her-courtesy of Epona-that her chunky blue roan pony Bluey longed to go cross-country jumping. Katy was nervous, but Bluey's talent soon built her confidence. It was one of my pony whispering successes, before things had taken a downward turn.

"Any chance of starting from the beginning?" I asked them.

For an answer, Katy shoved the latest PONY magazine under my nose and jabbed her finger on the full-page ad that read: Are you ready for the sublime equine challenge?

Yes, I thought, I definitely am. It was the start of summer vacation, and I was looking forward to six weeks of being with Drummer, entering some shows, and going riding, especially with James, as often as I could. Did I mention that James is totally adorable? No? Well, he is. The trouble is, I'm not the only one who thinks so...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    THIS IS AMAZING!!!!

    You need to read this book, but, this isnt the first in the series. Its the second. I recmend u read the first then this one and finally, the third, witch im fighting my mom for! >:(( )):< yesthat is us. Hope u enjoy the book as much as i did

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    A MUST READ FOR PONY LOVERS

    HEADS UP ALL PONY LOVERS!!!!!!! This book is the best because it teaches you. Who doesn't wanna read a book with talking ponys? It is very great!! U must read this!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Love it!!

    Already on the third book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Nightkare

    Hurry up plesa im seeing dobble

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Spirt

    Humps for 45 min then goes to your stall

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Horse crazy

    Awesome sequel, the third is even better. If you love horses this book is possibly for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You must read this isthe best book ever

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

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    I really enjoy this series. It's cute and I'm seeing a positive message in the stories. I love the inclusion of horses and such an important part of the story.

    I liked Pia a lot more in this story. I love the family challenges she faces. I think it reflects well on what a lot of preteens are going through at home. She has to watch her mom start dating men other than her dad. Plus, she has to deal with the woman her father has chosen to date. I thought it was interesting the things her dad showers on this women, especially the things Pia has wanted for many years.

    I liked how the story presents the idea of working together as a team. The only way they will win is if they help and support each other. I also loved how Pia was able to realize that the horses needed more praise. They weren't getting anything out of being made to train so hard. I loved the message that animals have feelings too.
    I'm really enjoying this series. I think it will be something my older daughter will love when she's older. She loves horses! I know I would have enjoyed it at the age of 8 or so.

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