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The Pony-Mad Princess: Book 12
Princess Ellie's secret treasure hunt
by Diana Kimpton
When Princess Ellie finds a hidden treasure map she can't wait to saddle up and go exploring with her best friends, Kate and Prince John. But the palace grounds have changed since the map was drawn a hundred years ago. How will they ever find the secret buried treasure?
Diana Kimpton has two passions - horses and writing. So it is no wonder that Diana creates brilliant pony stories, which demonstrate her own love and understanding of ponies. Diana also has a mischievous sense of fun, not unlike Princess Ellie!
Diana has written a number of books and television scripts for children. She lives on the Isle of Wight, just a short walk from the sea.
Visit www.dianakimpton.co.uk to find out more.
PRINCESS ELLIE'S SECRET TREASURE HUNT
Can I stop now?” asked Princess Ellie.
“Certainly not,” replied Miss Stringle. “Your holiday does not begin until your lessons are over, and there is still half an hour to go.”
“But John will be here soon,” pleaded Ellie.
“No, he won’t,” said her teacher, firmly. “Prince John is not due to arrive for another hour. Now please get on with your work. Princesses should not argue.”
Ellie sighed. She was tired of her history lesson. She was tired of studying in the palace library, and she was tired of its rows of old books stored in ancient bookcases. She longed to be out in the sunshine with her ponies. Perhaps Miss Stringle would change her mind once she’d finished the worksheet.
The long list of questions was all about princesses from the past. She’d been working on them all afternoon. Thank goodness there were only three left.
She chewed the end of her pencil as she turned the gold-edged pages of The Complete Guide to the Royal Family.
The huge book was packed with boring information. It said when people were born and when they died, but it never mentioned whether they liked ponies as much as Ellie did.
She quickly discovered that Princess Marissa’s older brother was called James and that Princess Andromeda had married King Proctor the Proud of Protavia. It took her much longer to work out that Princess Traviata was her great-great-great-great-aunt.
She wrote down the last answer and waved her paper in the air. “I’ve finished,” she declared. “Can I stop now?”
“Not quite yet,” replied her teacher. She pointed at the books spread out in front of Ellie. “I want you to put those back in their right places while I mark your work. Then I can see if you’ve remembered what I taught you about how the library is organized.”
Ellie groaned. She hadn’t listened to Miss Stringle droning on and on about the library. She’d been far too busy daydreaming about her five beautiful ponies. Now she had no idea where the books belonged.
She stacked them on top of each other, picked them up and set off round the room. As she walked, she looked at the shelves carefully, searching for spaces that might give her a clue.
The first gap she spotted was high above her head. As she stood on tiptoe to push a book into it, the rest of the pile wobbled.
She tried to steady it, and she almost succeeded. But one book slid off. It tumbled to the ground, slid across the shiny wooden floor and vanished under a bookcase.
Luckily, Miss Stringle didn’t notice. She was still busy with her marking. So Ellie dumped the other books on a table. Then she lay down and looked under the nearest set of shelves.
The book was right at the back, resting against the wall. She reached out to grab it and felt something long and soft brush against her fingers.
Ellie pulled her hand away in surprise. Then she peered under the bookcase again and spotted a piece of red ribbon dangling from the back of the bottom shelf. “I wonder how long that’s been there,” she thought. The maids would never have noticed it while they were sweeping.
This was much more interesting than her lesson. She forgot about the book for a moment and pulled gently on the ribbon. It didn’t move. She pulled again a bit harder. This time it shifted a little and then got stuck.
Ellie gave it a short, sharp tug and the ribbon finally pulled free. As it slid out of its hiding place, she saw for the first time that it was tied round a tightly rolled scroll of paper.
“Princess Aurelia!” shouted Miss Stringle. “Get up at once. Princesses do not grovel on the floor.”
“I’m sorry,” said Ellie, wishing her teacher wouldn’t use her real name. “I was just fetching a book I dropped.”
She decided not to mention the scroll. That was her secret, and she wasn’t ready to share it yet.
A sparkling new series of books from Diana Kimpton all about ponies, adventure and being a princess - they're full of authentic details about riding and looking after horses, as well as Princess Ellie's palace life (which isn't always as fun as it might seem)!
Pretty Pony Club Magazine
A heady cocktail of princesses, horses and mystery is enough to make any girl giddy. The text trots along with humour and enough horsey fact to hold the attention, while the lovely drawings help fit faces to story.
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