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The Pony Mad Princess

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Princess Ellie is pony-mad, and she doesn't always enjoy being a princess. She hates being on her best behaviour, wearing frilly pink dresses and having boring waving lessons. But the upside of being royal is having her own ponies (4 at the beginning of the series and 6 by the end), and she loves spending time with them.

Each of the thirteen books in the series follow Ellie's adventures with her ponies and the ups and down of being a princess. They are popular with newly-confident readers, especially pony-mad girls, and have been translated into many different languages. I don't do the translations - I am useless at any language except my own, although I have tried learning French and Russian.

Reviews for Princess Ellie's Perfect Plan

Princess Ellie and the Perfect Plan is a satisfying story with plenty of authentic, and at times exciting, pony content for the young reader, and plenty for the older reader to think about too. It's another triumph for Diana Kimpton.

Jane Badger

A cracking storyline for beginner readers

Cork Evening Echo


I love writing the Pony-Mad Princess books. I can let my imagination fly and combine my passion for ponies with my delight in making people laugh. There's definitely a little bit of me in Ellie, but my life was never that exciting or that much fun.

All the books are available in print, ebook and audiobook formats.

Princess Ellie to the Rescue

Princess Ellie to the Rescue

When disaster strikes, Ellie is sure the mysterious girl in the woods must be to blame. Can she solve the mystery and save her beloved pony, Sundance, before it is too late?

This book was voted one of the 50 Recommended Reads of the Year in the Red House Book Awards for 2005 and featured in Jaqueline Wilson's Great Books to Read Aloud.

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Pricess Ellie's Secret

Princess Ellie's Secret

Ellie has grown too tall to ride Shadow, her Shetland pony. She can't bear the thought of losing him so she thinks of a secret plan to stop him being sold.

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A Puzzle for Princess Ellie

A Puzzle for Princess Ellie

Ellie has to solve the puzzle of why Rainbow won't go down the spooky woodland path.
(Called Princess Ellie's Mystery in the USA)

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Princess Ellie's Starlight Adventure

Princess Ellie's Starlight Adventure

When mysterious hoofprints appear on the palace lawn, Ellie's ponies get the blame. To clear their names, she sets out to find the real culprit.

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Princess Ellie and the Moonlight Mystery

Princess Ellie and the Moonlight Mystery

While they are camping with the ponies, Ellie and Kate hear mysterious noises in the middle of the night.
(Called Princess Ellie's Camping Trip in the USA.)

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A Surprise for Princess Ellie

A Surprise for Princess Ellie

Ellie, Kate and John set off in search of adventure and end up with a big surprise.

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Princess Ellie's Holiday Adventure

Princess Ellie's Holiday Adventure

On a royal visit to Prince John in Andirovia, Ellie is enchanted by the snowy mountains but, when she and her friends go for a ride, they soon discover that snow isn't always fun - it can be scary too.
(called Princess Ellie's Snowy Ride in the USA)

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Princess Ellie and the Palace Plot

Princess Ellie and the Palace Plot

Ellie doesn't trust the new arrival at the palace but the King and Queen won't believe there is anything wrong. Can Starlight help her uncover his cunning plot?
(called Princess Ellie Solves a Mystery in the USA)

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Princess Ellie's Christmas

Princess Ellie's Christmas

Ellie wants Christmas to be wonderful but things aren't going to plan... The present for her best friend, Kate, hasn't arrived. And everyone in the palace is in a fluster because of the rehearsals for the King's TV Christmas broadcast. Can Ellie and her ponies still make this the best Christmas ever.
(Called Princess Ellie's Royal Jamboree in the USA)

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Princess Ellie Saves the Day

Princess Ellie Saves the Day

When Meg has to go to hospital, Ellie is sure that she and Kate can run the stables. But they soon discover that looking after six ponies is more difficult than they expected. Then disaster strikes and Moonbeam is in danger. Can Ellie save the day?
(Called Princess Ellie Takes Charge in the USA)

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Princess Ellie's Summer Holiday

Princess Ellie's Summer Holiday

Another princess causes problems for Ellie and Kate
(Called Princess Ellie's Summer Vacation in the USA)

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Pricess Ellie's Secret Treasure Hunt

Princess Ellie's Treasure Hunt

When Ellie finds a map hidden in the palace library, she sets off on a hunt for secret treasure with Kate and John.

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Princess Ellie's Perfect Plan

When Kate's parents make a big announcement, Ellie is faced with losing her best friend. Ellie is determined to change everyone's minds so she and Kate can stay together. But will time run out before she comes up with the perfect plan?

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The Pony-Mad Princess series is called The Pony-Crazed Princess series in the USA and the books are available here. These US editions have US spellings.