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  • Published: 1 July 2005
  • ISBN: 9781741660074
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 226
  • RRP: $15.99

Beginner's Luck




Can one girl and her horse triumph against the odds? Find out in this new novel by acclaimed author Alyssa Brugman.

Can one girl and her horse triumph against the odds? Find out in this new novel by acclaimed author Alyssa Brugman.

Shelby's pony Blue has been evicted from his paddock. Shelby's parents have threatened to give him away to the local riding school, unless Shelby can find a new place fast. It seems the 'Matchstick Town Challenge' prize money is the answer to all her problems, but the Matchstick Town has a secret. Who else knows about this mysterious place, and what are they hiding?

  • Published: 1 July 2005
  • ISBN: 9781741660074
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 226
  • RRP: $15.99

About the author

Alyssa Brugman

Alyssa Brugman has written five books about Shelby and her pony, Blue: For Sale Or Swap, Beginner's Luck, Hot Potato, Hide & Seek And Greener Pastures. This series has been shortlisted for a number of Children's Choice awards and was also selected for the 2007 'Books Alive' campaign.

Alyssa's young adult novels Finding Grace, Walking Naked, Being Bindy and Solo have been shortlisted for numerous awards in Australia and overseas. Alyssa has also written Book Two of the new Quentaris series, The Equen Queen.

Alyssa lives in the Hunter Valley.

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Praise for Beginner's Luck

Another beautifully written horse story from this award-winning author.

ABA, Kids’ Reading Guide 2005–2006

There are more events in this story than the Olympic Games, which makes it worthwhile reading for every girl, horse lover or otherwise.

Launceston Examiner

Beginner’s Luck is a story for all horse lovers who enjoy adventure in their lives … The story takes you on Shelby’s adventure to find the “Matchstick Town” and you will be surprised at the ending and the mystery that surrounds the story. I would recommend this book to people aged between eight and 15 years.

Danielle Nickson, primary school student, Townsville Bulletin

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