Marjorie Reynolds

American author. As well as the horse stories listed below, she has also written some non-horsy stories. Most of her books seem to explore growing up in an often unsatisfactory environment. Her horse stories therefore tend to be of more depth than many of the genre. The author was extremely lucky in having such superb illustrators for all her pony books. Unusually (though less so for American horse stories than UK ones) her main characters are all boys.




Horse & Pony Books:

THE CABIN ON GHOSTLY POND
(HARPER AND ROW 1962)
ILLUSTRATED BY LORENCE BJORKLAND
Reprinted in paperback by Harper Trophy
EDITIONS PCITURED: Paperback edition
SUMMARY: Jo is given a horse and a dog of his own when he goes to live with his grandparents. When he is out exploring with them he discovers a runaway hiding in a cabin.

A HORSE CALLED MYSTERY
(HARPER AND ROW 1964)
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
Also a Book Club edition
Reprinted in paperback by Harper Trophy
Also published in Germany
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, paperback edition
SUMMARY: Owlie has saved up to buy himself a new bike but when he finds out that a neighbour is selling his horse for meat because the animal has gone lame, he ends up buying the horse instead. The only trouble is Owlie does not know anything about horses...

KEEP A SILVER DOLLAR
(HARPER AND ROW 1966)
(1st UK edition HAMISH HAMILTON 1967)
ILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL LYNE
Published in hardback in the UK by Hamish Hamilton
Also published by the UK Children's Book Club
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st UK edition, UK Book Club edition
SUMMARY: Marc goes behind his overbearing father's back to rescue Silver Dollar, an ill-treated horse, with the help of his father's mysterious groom Bankus. When his father goes away Marc and Bankus are able to re-train the horse. But what will happen when his father comes back and the pair have to pay for their subterfuge? Will Marc lose both his beloved horse and his friendship with the groom?
PONYMAD RATING: 4 HORSESHOES

DARK HORSE BARNABY
(MACMILLAN 1967)
ILLUSTRATED BY PETER BIEGEL
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: Dan works in his father's stables helping him train show hunters. He becomes attached to a horse called Barnaby. But his father doesn't like the horse's colour and plans to sell himů

SIRE UNKNOWN
(MACMILLAN 1968)
ILLUSTRATED BY LORENCE BJORKLAND
EDITIONS PICTURED: Presumed 1st edition
SUMMARY: A young boy trains his horse to be a jumper.

RIDE THE WILD STORM
(MACMILLAN 1969)
ILLUSTRATED BY LORENCE BJORKLAND
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: In a Nantucket summer filled with new experiences, excitement and even danger, David develops self-confidence as he earns the right to have a horse and a life of his own.

Collectors info:
As far as I know only the first two titles on the list were reprinted in paperback. Only Keep A Silver Dollar was published in the UK (in 2 different editions) and is thus the only one of these which can be easily found here. In the USA they are all fairly easy to come across. There was also a German language version of A Horse Called Mystery which is easily found on German internet shops.