Adventures of Pepper the Ginger Dog is a series of adventures set in rural England. This book introduces Pepper, the adventurous and fun loving ginger dog on the hunt for a den. She is a good natured and reliable friend to her animal companions – Ted, the timid tortoise and Helen, the energetic hare. Her owner, Maggie- May, a charismatic 6 year-old tomboy who loves to wear wellingtons, grandad’s tartan scarf and dirty torn dungarees loves the countryside and spending time with her affectionate velcro dog.
Maggie-May enjoys being outside making cakes in her mud kitchen or building dens made out of old wooden pallets and cardboard boxes. She accompanies the animals in most of their adventures however, in this book, she advises Pepper to go to Brambleberry Wood.
In order to get to Brambleberry Wood, Pepper and his companions must cross the golf course and farmland, where they encounter the fiery Mrs McClair, a territorial farmer. Mrs McClair despises animals on her land and will chase any she meets with her loyal fuel guzzling blue tractor, which is as menacing as she is. Along the way, Pepper meets more loveable animals – Sid, the inquisitive snake and Dougle, the gentle Ted – both with their own charm.
The animals face challenges such as swooping golf balls, barbed wire and a raging river – the test of any friendship. Fortunately, cunning teamwork ensures that Pepper and her friends can make it to the woods, leaving behind the raging Mrs McClair.
Jessica Knowles lives in South Derbyshire and works as a primary school teacher. She has a degree from Lancaster University and has an Instagram account and YouTube channel with over 40,000 people following her adventures with her loyal dog, Pepper – a 2 year-old Hungarian Vizsla.