JUICY SE­CRETS SET THE SCENE

IN­TREPID YOUNG RE­PORTER BACK ON THE TRAIL IN RID­DLE GULLY

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Jessica Nico

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.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d452803

Box of rid­dles: Au­thor Jen Ban­yard has her heroine, Pollo di Nozi, in­ves­ti­gat­ing in her third book.

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