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Jill's Gymkhana (The Jill Books by Ruby Ferguson Book 1)

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Missing entire last six-line paragraph describing Jill having a good ‘howl’ about not being able to afford Blackie.

The new edition also received favourable notices and it was one of the "Books of the Year" by The Spectator.

She then moved to Manchester and took a job as a secretary, supplementing her income by writing a regular column for the British Weekly. This may be an old book, but it is funny and enjoyable, even if I am a little bit older than its target audience! The blurb on the back of the book would have you believe that the story is about how Jill has to work really hard to afford her pony. Four-and-a-half paragraphs have been removed detailing Jill’s improved relationship with Mary and Pierce, her exams, a letter to her Mother, joy at being home and the observation the chapter is more about moral lessons than horses. This list isn’t necessarily definitive; we’ve tried to be as careful as possible, but can make no guarantee about accuracy or completeness.

This makes Ferguson's writing outstanding not only in the pony stories genre, but in children's literature generally. I’m only giving this book 3 stars because it’s very British and I bought four books in this series for my granddaughter.I bought this book on a whim after a conversation with a friend on the books we used to read as teenagers. I still love it, and am happy to see something that made 8-year-old Yvonne forget her troubles and get lost in a book. Lighting her candle on Christmas morning as they had no electricity upstairs, the peppering of 'wi zard! You can certainly forgive the impressionable child reading this book for thinking that ponies must actually be quite cheap and if her parents don't get her one it's probably just because they're evil. Mild wear and bumping to spine, board edges and corners, with scuffing, staining and marking to boards.

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