The Racehorse Who Disappeared


Clare is to follow up with her bestselling debut novel The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop with a brand new Children's title, The Racehorse Who Disappeared.

Penguin Random House Children’s is delighted to be publishing Clare’s second middle-grade novel, The Racehorse Who Disappeared, a sequel to Balding’s chart-topping children’s debut, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.

The Racehorse Who Disappeared continues the adventures of young Charlie Bass and her funny family of humans and animals. Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior. With the police baffled and no trace of the prizewinning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation.

‘I have been so surprised and touched by the response of those who have read the Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop,' says Clare. 'Having met thousands of them in schools and at literary festivals, I can now fully appreciate that young readers engage thoroughly and passionately with the books they read. They suggest plot lines, recount their favourite bits, feel really attached to the characters and I hope feel inspired to write their own stories.

This next story is inspired by the true drama of Shergar, the Derby winner who was kidnapped in Ireland, and by the real incidents of cruel 'chariot racing' on the roads of the UK and Ireland. It continues the theme of team work, friendship, independent thought and bravery while also focussing on the importance of treating animals with respect and kindness. It is a thriller with a powerful message and I hope the readers who enjoyed The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop will enjoy following Charlie's new adventures with Noble Warrior and Percy in The Racehorse Who Disappeared.’

The Racehorse Who Disappeared will be published by Puffin on 18th October, and is now available to pre-order at Amazon and Waterstones

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