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Sue Bentley

Sue Bentley is best known as an author of books for the younger reader. Her Magic Ponies series is just one part of a whole menagerie of different magical animals: there are Magic Puppies, Magic Kittens, Magic Bunnies and even a Magic Reindeer.


Sue Bentley was born and brought up in Northamptonshire, where she still lives. She started writing relatively late: once her children started school she decided it was now or never, and on she went.


Her series are part of the fantasy movement that spread throughout children’s books post Harry Potter. Fantasy does not always sit easily with pony books, and such is the case with this series. Magical pony Comet is searching for his sister, Destiny, and materialises to little girls in different pony guises; sometimes as native ponies. Comet is terribly, terribly, good, which is, sadly, rather wearing for the adult reader..


Finding the books:  all in print


Links and sources:

An interview with Sue Bentley at Penguin Books


Magic Ponies

A New Friend

A Special Wish

A Twinkle of Hooves

Show Jumping Dreams

Seaside Summer

Riding Rescue

Winter Wonderland

Pony Camp


A Special Wish

Puffin Books, London, 2009, 117 pp. Cover Andrew Farley, illus Angela Swan


Read my review of the book here.


Marcie wants a pony of her own, but then forgets about that (for the moment) when she
discovers Comet, In the guise of a dapple-grey pony, at the end of her garden.  

A New Friend

Puffin Books, London, 2009, 117 pp. Cover Andrew Farley, illus Angela Swan



Comet appears as a New Forest Pony to Eleanor, who’s having a miserable and lonely
school holiday.











Bibliography - pony books only

Show Jumping Dreams

Puffin Books, London, 2009, 107 pp. Cover Andrew Farley, illus Angela Farley



Alexandra dreams of show jumping success, and it looks as if her dreams might come
true when she meets a glossy palomino pony - Comet!

A Twinkle of Hooves

Puffin Books, London, 2009, 118 pp. Cover Andrew Farley, illus Angela Swan



Steph is lonely at the stables, but that all changes when she meets a little piebald pony - Comet.






Seaside Summer

Puffin Books, London, 2009, 115 pp. Cover Andrew Farley, illus Angela Farley



Jessie Starling’s family run a circus near the sea: but there’s a problem - no audience.
However, once a spotted pony (Comet) comes ashore, everything changes for the better.

Riding Rescue

Puffin Books, London, 2009, 114 pp. Cover illustration Andrew Farley, illus Angela Swan


Read my review of the book here.


Gina learns to overcome her nerves when Dartmoor pony Comet arrives at the Pony
Rescue Centre.


Winter Wonderland

Puffin Books, London, 2009, 112 pp. Cover Andrew Farley, illus Angela Farley




Skeeti is having a snowbound holiday, but then a Highland pony (Comet) arrives....

Pony Camp

Puffin Books, London, 2009, 110 pp. Cover Andrew Farley, illus Angela Farley




Lindsey is lonely at Pony Camp, but that all changes when a Fell Pony called Comet appears.

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