Pollo di Nozi, reporter-in-training, has a nose for news. Strange things are happening in Riddle Gully and Pollo smells a major scoop. This fast-paced and funny story is packed with action, adventure, mystery, humour and false leads.
With Shorn Connery, her sheepish sidekick, Pollo is determined to track down the Graffiti Kid. But is Will, the new boy in town, conspiring with the pushy mayor and a strange Transylvanian to send her sniffing up the wrong trail?
loves the fun of writing for younger audiences and draws from a childhood that consisted largely of mucking around in the Canning River and Indian Ocean. After editing non-fiction and dabbling in children’s literature for several years, she began postgraduate studies at UWA in 2005 to focus her creative writing. Her speculative fiction adventure, Spider Lies, was published by Fremantle Press in 2009, and her stories have appeared in the NSW School Magazine and the 2010 young readers’ anthology, Worlds Next Door (FableCroft). Mystery at Riddle Gully is Jen’s second novel. When there’s a lull she likes singing, travelling and generally splashing around.
‘… an engaging adventure whose likeable protagonists will appeal to both boys and girls aged 10 and up.’ —Bookseller+Publisher
‘This is a fast-paced and funny novel with action, mystery and red herrings.’
‘… has suspense and adventure, and Pollo and Will’s mishaps make this a very funny story.’ —Alphabet Soup
‘Banyard writes with insight and humour.’ —Australian Book Review
‘… a highly entertaining, well written mini adventure’ —Magpies
‘This is a well-written mystery that will easily keep a young reader captivated and entertained …’ —Reading Time