JUICY SECRETS SET THE SCENE
INTREPID YOUNG REPORTER BACK ON THE TRAIL IN RIDDLE GULLY
BUDDING reporter Pollo di Nozi is back. Having hunted down the Graffiti Kid in Mystery at Riddle Gully and implicated the mayor’s nephew in a spate of local robberies in Riddle Gully Runaway, Pollo is back with another mystery to sink her teeth into in Riddle Gully Secrets.
Pollo is despondent with fears she would never find another news story, but as luck would have it, she stumbles on not one, but two juicy secrets that threaten to be her undoing.
Author Jen Banyard, bringing the much-loved children’s character to life for a third time, said the book was a jumble of all the things she liked reading about when she was younger, exploring, danger, discovery and friendship.
“It’s set in the country town of Riddle Gully with its town hall, second-hand shop, Rotary gardens and, most importantly, nearby forests,” she said.
“Pollo’s pet sheep Shorn Connery has gone AWOL but there are two new characters that more than make up for him.”
Surprisingly, Banyard admits the heroine of the story was not her favourite character.
“My favourite character would have to be Mayor Bullock, only because he’s so obnoxious and thereby fun to write,” she said.
“The character Mr Burns in The Simpsons was an inspiration for him, I have to admit.
“I’d love to have Mayor Bullock really go to town but have to pull back and limit him to being a springboard, and keep the focus on the kids.”
Banyard will launch the book at WA Day celebrations on the Esplanade Reserve from 3pm to 4pm.
Riddle Gully Secrets is available from Fremantle Press.
Box of riddles: Author Jen Banyard has her heroine, Pollo di Nozi, investigating in her third book.