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Jess Black
Author | Primary Years (Years 1 - 6)

Jess Black is an award-winning author of children’s books. Her book The Tales of Mr Walker was Longlisted for an Indie Book Award, an ABIA Award for Younger Readers, is a CBCA Notable for 2019 and will be followed up with four chapter books in 2019. She has written over thirty junior fiction books and two picture books, Moon Dance and The Bold Australian Girl, and is the author of the Keeper of the Crystals series and the co-author of the hugely successful Bindi Wildlife Adventure series, RSPCA Animal Tales series and The Kaboom Kid series with David Warner.

Her new series Pepper Creek Ponies, illustrated by Serena Geddes, had book 1 released in January 2021


Books by Jess Black

Pepper Creek Ponies 1- A New Friend

When Abby moves from the city to the country, she misses her old life. Despite her fear of horses, she visits Pepper Creek Pony Club in the hope of making friends. But Abby quickly learns that being a horse-girl is harder than she thought. Will Abby ever make a new friend?

Kitty is not a Cat- Lights Out

Some children hate going to bed. Not Kitty! Kitty falls asleep every night curled up snug as a bug in a bed box. That is until one spooky night when Kitty’s nightlight goes missing and her fear of the dark comes creeping out.

Kitty is not a Cat- Teddy’s Bear

The cats decide that Kitty needs a teddy bear, but mistakenly end up getting her a grizzly bear instead. Her very own grizzly bear!! Kitty and the bear spend a fun-filled afternoon together, but it doesn’t take long for Kitty to realise that having a grizzly bear for a pet may be a little more trouble than she had anticipated.

Kitty is not a Cat: Bath Time

Best suited 

The cats realise that Kitty needs to have a bath, but that’s easier said than done in a house full of cats who hate water!

Kitty is not a Cat: Hired Hound

Best suited 

The cats’ neighbours, The Stinkletons, hire a guard dog to keep the cats quiet. Now reduced to creating as little noise as possible, they need a solution fast, and as usual it comes in the form of a little girl in a cat suit.

Mr Walker Braves the Night

Best Suited for ages 6-8 years
Halloween is just around the corner and with it comes the promise of treats and walks. Mr Walker can’t wait! That is, until his toy wombat disappears without a trace and strange noises start up in the night. Is it Mr Walker’s imagination or is there a guest of the spooky kind visiting the hotel . . . ?

Mr Walker and the Perfect Mess

Best Suited for ages 6-8 years
One of the hotel’s most treasured staff members is leaving and, while Mr Walker is sad to see Josephine go, he is determined to make her last week a memorable one. If only he can think of the perfect present. First things first – to cope with the summer heatwave and prepare for the Guide Dogs fundraiser. Oof, our little labrador is going to need a nap after this adventure!

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