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Jess Black
Author | Grade 1-6
New South Wales

Jess had two new books released in 2022.
Time Out! is the first book in a new series, Who Dunnit, Eddie Woo? Eddie Woo Super Sleuth is ready for action and mystery. With a mind for maths and a nose for adventure, he is about to skateboard into … danger.
The Colourful World of Poppy Starr Olsen is a funny and fresh novel for young readers inspired by the life of Australian Olympic skateboarder and creative soul Poppy Starr Olsen.

Jess has written the Pepper Creek Ponies series based on her adventures with horses as a child. The three books are beautifully illustrated by Serena Geddes. The Tales of Mr Walker series about a dog who comes to live in the fanciest hotel in town. Kitty is Not a Cat! series about a little girl who believes she can be anything she dreams – even a cat! Jess has also written the Little Paws series and the Keeper of the Crystals series; and is co-author of the hugely successful Bindi Wildlife Adventure series, the Kaboom Kid series and the Animal Tales series.

Jess’s stories explore themes such as – animal welfare, conserving our natural environment, loyalty, resilience, kindness and friendship. She enjoys using humour and action in her stories.

Jess lives in NSW with her husband, two daughters and their rescue dog, Pippi. Jess loves animals and having adventures, much like the ones in her books!

Books by Jess Black

Pepper Creek Ponies 1- A New Friend

Best Suited for ages 7-14 Years
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?

Pepper Creek Ponies 2- Riding Out

Best Suited for ages 7-14 Years
Shelley is ready for an overnight riding adventure! Shelley can’t wait for the Pony Club Ride Out—three days and nights of riding and camping under the stars. But the week before the big event, her pony, Banjo, starts limping. Will Shelley be stuck at home while her friends have the adventure of a lifetime?

Pepper Creek Ponies 3- To The Rescue

Best Suited 7-14 Years
Abby can’t believe she is finally going to get her own pony! But Piper has a bad feeling about the farm they visit, so she comes up with a plan. But will Abby need a pony at all when Pepper Creek Pony Club might shut down?

The Colourful World of Poppy Starr Olsen

Best Suited 9 – 11 years
My name is Poppy Starr Olsen. I’m twelve. I’m a bit of a dreamer. Okay, a lot of
a dreamer. I love drawing and being creative. I also swim, surf and skate. And, well, this is my story . . .

You’ll meet my family. They’re really loud but I love them to bits. And you’ll meet my friends – they’re so cool.

There’s some drama in my story, too. Think- an awesome skate comp I’m not allowed to enter, but then I am and it’s going to be cancelled! I have to figure out how to save the comp and work on my best tricks in the bowl and keep up with my school work and create my art. There’s so much to do! But it’s an epic adventure.

Time Out!

Best Suited 7-12 Years
Eddie Woo Super Sleuth: a mind for maths and a nose for adventure A treasure hunt, a piano key, ciphers, a puzzle from the past … Eddie Woo and his best friends Rusty and DT must find clues, crack a musical mystery, scale a lighthouse, discover a secret cave and find long-forgotten gold. But they are not the only ones searching for it…..

Kitty is not a Cat- Lights Out

Best suited for ages 5-8 Years
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

Best suited for ages 5-8 Years
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.

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