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Finding wonder


When Roo Thorn’s beloved dad passes away, she doesn’t expect to inherit much. Their unconventional life wasn’t a wealthy one. But then she finds a winning lottery ticket in his coat pocket. Suddenly, Roo can have anything she wants – except her dad. And then she reads a letter from him, telling her to enjoy any money he’s left her, to ‘grab life by the wings and fly.’ Roo makes a quick decision: she’s going to buy what she’s always wanted, a prize racehorse named Wonder Boy. When she arrives at Wonderboy’s stables, the horse is everything she had dreamed of. Until he is stolen, from right underneath their noses, leaving no clues, no trail and Roo’s dream in tatters. But if Roo’s dad taught her anything, it’s to keep dreaming, and so she and her aunt set off in their camper van, on a mad dash around the country, as more prize horses are stolen and the need to rescue them gets greater and greater.

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A winning ticket. A stolen horse. The adventure of a lifetime . . .

Superb storytelling.’ Phil Earle
‘Absolutely brilliant!’ Abi Elphinstone
Completely enthralling. A masterclass in mystery adventure.‘ Piers Torday
Utterly magnificent.’ Judith Eagle
Glorious . . . passionate, intricate, totally immersive.’ Hilary McKay

Orphaned Roo Thorn feels like the unluckiest girl in the world. Until she discovers a letter. A letter which urges her to ‘Grab life by the wings and fly.’

With the help of her aunt, Joni, Roo sets out to buy her dream horse – a fiery showjumper named Wonder Boy.

Then Wonder vanishes without a trace.

Determined to save him, Roo and Joni investigate his disappearance. But as the mystery deepens and more prize horses are stolen, the pair find themselves drawn into a thrilling – but dangerous – adventure . . .

How far will they go, and what will they risk, to find Wonder?

Additional information

Weight 0.304 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm










Paperback original


823.92 (edition:23)


Children – juvenile / Code: J