Kathleen Pennell

Biography

Kathleen Pennell moved to a small farm when she was eleven years old. Stepping out of the car on the first day, she saw a chestnut horse grazing in the pasture, What a miracle! It was love at first sight. Red was a retired circus horse. He nodded his head when I asked if he was a "good boy". He'd learned that trick at the circus. Of course, his trainer always rewarded him with a cube of sugar, so I needed to have one handy when I walked out to the barn. Although, his very favorite trick was to canter underneath low-hanging branches in the pasture. Naughty boy! I soon learned to keep a steady hand on the reins.
After I graduated from college, I married and had children, but never outgrew my deep love of horses. My son, Steve, was never interested in horses. But, my daughter, Lauren, has ridden since she was five years old. Twenty-five years later and she still rides nearly everyday. Now, In fact, Lauren graduated from art school and is the person who illustrates the cover for my books.
Because I was a teacher and loved interacting with my students, I would love to hear from any of my horse-loving readers.

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Series

Pony Investigators
Amy Jo and Becky are the Pony Investigators. These twelve year old girls solve mysteries and crimes in the town of Bedford astride their faithful ponies, Ginger Snap and Oreo Cookie. Amy Jo leads and Becky reluctantly follows and is often the voice of reason when Amy Jo wants to take the investigation one step too far.

Books

The Case of the Mirror Image
Series: Pony Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,510. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Rumors of treasure buried at Ashcroft Manor have floated through Bedford for over one hundred years. While working at the manor house, Amy Jo finds a mirror image of a map, but it leads to nothing.Then, she discovers a clue in an old forgotten photograph. When one of The Major's grandsons offers to help the girls the following night, the Pony Investigators are met with treachery and deceit.
The Case of the Secret Passage
Series: Pony Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,660. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
While housesitting, Amy Jo and Becky discover a hidden door leading to a series of underground tunnels.Strange markings on the tunnel wall lead them further into the passageways where the girl detectives uncover a fiendish plot.Before they can escape the tunnel to warn Chief Higgins, the Pony Investigators are caught in a trap where there seems no possible way of escape.
The Case of the Mysterious Circus
Series: Pony Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,620. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A series of "accidents" has the people of a visiting circus on edge. Amy Jo and Becky land jobs there giving rides on Ginger and Oreo and become entangled in the mystery, Their lives are placed in danger when a knife is hurled at them with a warning note attached.Too late they discover their investigations have led them in the wrong direction as well as suspecting the wrong people.
The Case of the Midnight Stranger
Series: Pony Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,760. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » Action
While everyone sleeps, a mysterious stranger moves into the old Johnson place. Amy Jo and Becky collect convincing evidence that the man is a criminal. But, when they approach Chief Higgins, he is strangely reluctant to follow through with an investigation. Against Chief Higgins strict instructions, the Pony Investigators return to the quarry where danger and capture await them.
The Case of the Phantom Stallion
Series: Pony Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,030. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The alarm system fails to ring when Flash O' Lightning, a valuable race horse, disappears in the middle of the night. It is as if Flash O' Lightning vanished into thin air. A torn note leads to the early arrest of a suspect, but even after a thorough search of the area, the missing horse can not be found. Amy Jo and Becky place themselves in danger as they search for the Phantom Stallion.
The Case of the Missing Money
Series: Pony Investigators. Price: Free! Words: 38,780. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
Astride their ponies, Ginger and Oreo, Amy Jo and Becky solve mysteries Their elderly friend, Edith Martin, stashes money boxes in various places around her house, but a sudden illness causes her to lose her memory. When money goes missing from her purse and it becomes obvious that someone is searching the house for the money boxes, Amy Jo and Becky use their wits to track down the thief

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