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My favourite children’s book without a shadow of a doubt is Jill’s Gymkhana by Ruby Ferguson. I have a very old copy which I got with my pocket money from a jumble sale as a little girl. After reading the book about Jill and her pony, Black Boy, I became so inspired that I saved up and went to an auction market and came home with my very own pony, I called Smokey Joe. My parents were horrified!  I have read and re-read this book a hundred times and always enjoy it – the sign of a good book I think.  The author went on to write many more books about Jill and her ponies and they have recently been republished so a new generation of pony-mad children can enjoy them.

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