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  • Published: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143772262
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $14.99
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Showtym Adventures 5: Koolio, the Problem Pony




The fifth book in a bestselling junior fiction series inspired by true stories from the Wilson Sisters' childhoods. The chance of a lifetime — training a dream pony into a champion!

In the fifth Showtym Adventure, Kelly's new pony is gorgeous, talented and a whole world of trouble. Will he overcome his problems to reach his potential?

With Cameo sold to upgrade their family horse truck, 11-year-old Kelly has to find a new pony for just a fraction of the cost. Her troubled search ends when she meets Koolio. She is convinced the gorgeous grey is a champion in the making.

But Koolio also comes with some big problems. Within weeks poor Kelly battered and bruised and ready to give up on him. That is, until her big sister Vicki comes up with a plan that could change everything. Will Koolio get past his bad behaviour to become the winner Kelly and her sisters believe he can be?

This story of generosity and confidence restored is inspired by the Wilson Sisters’ early years.

  • Pub date: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143772262
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $14.99
Categories:

About the Author

Kelly Wilson

Born in Whangamata, Kelly Wilson relocated to Northland with her family at the age of five. Having grown up around horses, she competed in show jumping to Pony Grand Prix level, before focusing on her creative talents. She won a scholarship to Auckland University of Technology and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Graphic Design, going on to become an award-winning photographer and designer. She is the bestselling author of four biographical non-fiction books, For the Love of Horses, Stallion Challenges, Mustang Ride and Saving the Snowy Brumbies, a children's picture book Ranger the Kaimanawa Stallion and a junior chapter book series Showtym Adventures. With her sisters Vicki and Amanda, Kelly has starred in the hit-rating TV series, Keeping up with the Kaimanawas, following their work taming New Zealand's wild Kaimanawa horses, and travelled to America and Australia to rescue and tame wild horses.

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Praise for Showtym Adventures 5: Koolio, the Problem Pony

“[W]onderful female protagonists . . . Koolio, the Problem Pony is the next instalment in the real-life adventures of the Wilson Sisters which will delight equestrian lovers young and old . . . the sisters' genuine love for each other shines through on the pages . . . This will have huge appeal to children involved in pony club and show jumping from ages 7-12 years and as a read aloud for even younger children.”

Michele Powles, The Sapling

“This is the second ‘Showtym Adventures’ story I have read, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. A lot of that comes from my childhood love (alright, obsession) with all things pony, but it also comes from this story being an engaging read...There are sacrifices, hard work, compromises and ultimately, goals achieved; all good messages for young readers to pick up. The sisters are the kind of girls readers will want to be friends with - kind, fun, clever and talented (and they have ponies… lots of ponies!), and they also work hard and follow their passions - this is a family that works together and supports one another. The stories are well paced and highly readable - it’s a good thing there are plenty of them!”

Vanessa Hatley Owen, Kids Books NZ


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Each story in the Showtym Adventures series is inspired by a true event from the Wilson sisters’ childhood, so every pony featured in the series has a real-life counterpart!

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